By Hilaire Belloc
During this religious-biblical orientated heritage, Belloc presents an entire and reasonable therapy of the traditional Jews and different center japanese cultures and their effect in background, and in latest international. He affirms a distinct divine layout within the tale of Syria and especially of Israel, achieving a climax within the occasion of the Crucifixion of Christ. His well-known motto, "Europe is the religion, the religion is Europe" has been interpreted as a kind of spiritual ethnocentrism. yet he used to be making the purpose that what we regard because the maximum cultural, political and creative achievements of Western civilization stem from the previous creed. with no the single, the opposite wouldn't exist.
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One is tempted to affirm, for instance, that the journey from Mesopotamia to the region of the Dead Sea must have been easier in Abraham's time than our own; that wells were more numerous, and so forth. But evidence of this is lacking. If it were true that there had been considerably more rainfall in the historic past than in the present there would be signs of it in the relics of human habitation and there would be traces of it in records. Such directly across the desert records as we have for instance, the traditional records con Abraham and his successors present landscape similar have today save for one point: since the coming of Islam the trees have been massacred and, as everybody knows, cerning we to that trees preserve the soil of a country and store up its water.
Is naturally heavier on the seaward side of the rainfall Syrian ranges than becomes so it is on the landward side to the east. There very short advance, that it is in sufficient for vegetable growth and the desert begins. In the can go from the sea right to the upper Euphrates north it after a slight, you over land which has been well cultivated in the past, is still and might under good government be that district, of which Aleppo is fully cultivated again. All the modern chief town, lies under those fairly favourable con somewhat ditions.
Jordan flow copiously all The Orontcs, the Litani and the the year round and even the shorter which come down the western slopes and fall at once into the Mediterranean have, the of them, water through larger most of the year. The torrents of the eastern side of the Anti- torrents Lebanon towards the desert are so continually fed from the mounts ins that Damascus is plentifully nourished, though the waters So flats so shortly beyond the town. much for Syria itself and the rainfall fail on heights and between the deserts and the Mediterranean, Through these deserts run two great rivers which have added its life and conflict to the land.