It is said of the British that they queue for the sake of the queue, unlike the Arabs who crowd in for services, each wanting to be the first. It is reported that the late Moshe Dayan, the former Israeli defense minister, said when he was told that the Arabs might have acquired the atomic bomb: “This does not worry me; I will be more worried when they learn to queue.”

“Living in Great Britain,” in “An Invitation to Laughter: A Lebanese Anthropologist in the Arab World,” by Fuad Khuri, 2007

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