Season 1DVD - 2015
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JAMAL: Fine. Go. Run away, Bassam, like you always do. It's all your fault anyway.
BARRY: All the king's horses and all the king's men... I finally get it, Jamal. I do. You're broken. And I can't fix you.
AMIRA: That's not what happened. History is almost never the story of what actually happened, Bassam.
BARRY: Tariq didn't kill the sheik, Mother.
AMIRA: How can you be sure?
BARRY: Because the sheik would be dead.
BARRY: Now, h-how does a man that works for peace make his child into a murderer?
YUSSEF: To prepare you for the world you were born into. To teach you the rules. Those who are feared make peace; those who are not get killed. That's why your father and your uncle could work together, even after the betrayal. Your father could be kind because your uncle was cruel.
BARRY: You think you get a handle on this place, you... you think you know how to get from point "A" to point "B." And then it punishes you for your arrogance. It is an unwinnable game.
FAUZI: Oh, you don't know that. This game is not over yet. Bassam, this place is messy. And I don't know how tomorrow will be, and... and when the sun goes down, it will set on a thousand things that I could never have predicted. But since you came home, my friend, I'm looking forward to it. Tomorrow. With hope.
Barry: What's M&M's?
John: Executing a coup requires three things... Military, media and money. You don't have 'em, it can't be done.
Barry: You think that you can stay on the sidelines. There are no sidelines. Only sides.
BARRY: It just hit me that you're the same age that I was when I left, and I guess I wanted you to understand before you left that... you guys are not visitors here. You're not tourists. This is where you're from.
Barry: What do you mean, "out of the democracy business"?
Lea: Take a look at Iraq.
Jamal: Isn't it amazing? So clear... so beautiful. You feel like you should be able to see right down to the bottom... when, actually, you have no idea what is happening even just below the surface.
Jamal: I'm not a philosopher, Bassam, but I'm telling you... fate is everything. Barry: Not everything.
Jamal: Both of us were trapped being our father's sons. Sons of coal miners, bricklayers, fishermen... they all dream of escaping the life they were born to. The world expects that of them. The two of us... what were we allowed to want? Only what we had. This is our tragedy.
Jamal: Inevitable, inescapable destiny. You ran for a while. But here you are. Neither of us can ever get away. Nothing worse than being the son of a king.
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KHALED: After everything I've given the people, they're still not satisfied. They say they want freedom. Freedom. To do what? Kill each other? I give them order and prosperity, and all they want is chaos.
JOHN: It's not surgery, Barry, it's a coup. Shit happens.
Barry: Well, we never talk about politics.
Fauzi: 'Cause you don't want to. If there was ever a time to come back, it was then. Instead, you come back for a wedding. A wedding that's costing £10 million. Your father claims that he's defending us from the infidels, the Brotherhood and the Zionists, while the people in Ma'an go hungry.
Barry: It didn't feel like my place to get involved.
Amira: Your father is dead, your brother was nearly killed, your nephew's wife is being held hostage. What more needs to happen before you feel compelled to get involved?
Barry: Uncle, I understand that they're children.
Tariq: Who told you this? John Tucker? Of course. Who else? These americans... childhood in America is a different thing. Terrorists start young here, like gymnasts.
Cohen: You suffered severe lacerations and a lot of tissue damage, but we managed to repair the pudendal vein and most of the necrosis around the bulbar...
Jamal: - English. Speak English. Did you fix me?
Cohen: The surgery was successful.
Jamal: You're not answering my question.
Cohen: I'm trying, Mr. President.
Jamal: Just tell me. Will it work again?
Cohen: It should. Eventually.
Jamal: Tariq. Father called him "the hammer." For him, every problem is a nail. But, you know, sometimes you need a hammer.
Barry: Wait, they're gonna publicly hang him? They still do that here?
John: Practically the national pastime.
Barry: Without a trial.
John: Why delay the fun?
Jamal: Bassam. Is there a problem?
Barry: No, um... I don't know. I - it just seems, as an outsider, that death by hanging, without even the benefit of a trial, seems a kind of barbaric way to deal with your enemies.
Tariq: It actually is quite effective. The strategic goal is to strike fear
into the hearts of anyone contemplating a challenge to this regime. And in my experience, the sight of a body swinging from a noose strikes abundant fear.
Barry: Go down to the square. Make a statement acknowledging our father's regrettable act.
Tariq: Regretted by who?
Barry: It was a war crime.
Tariq: I don't recall seeing Harry Truman in irons after Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Ihab: We have asked for so little, and that is exactly is what we have gotten…
Ahmed: It's not just your sister. All you Americans think everyone has the right to everything whenever they want. Am I right? But look around. There's only so much room in the VIP section.
Fauzi: Bassam, I have no illusions about Ihab. One thing he does understand, though, is that the people are done being told how to live their lives. My daughter, all she really wants is the freedom to speak her mind, to read what she wants to read. All she wants is to have a say in her own future... to be heard, to be listened to. Barry: She's risking her life.
Fauzi: Well, she's willing to take that chance.
Barry: I'm sure of one thing. A narcissist with a messiah complex is not about to negotiate with me.
Tariq: But as his wife, you should know. If Jamal isn't prepared to defend the regime, there are others who will.
Leila: I hope, for your sake, you're not threatening my husband.
Tariq: On the contrary, I'm trying to protect him.
Leila: He's a parrot. His mouth moves, but other people's words come out. La Boétie, Guevara and his father, the Sheik. But you, you are in the position to make your own history.
Jamal: Start with a compliment, end with an ask. What do you want?
Barry: I'm worried about the price we'll have to pay for either side to win. There's a book I-I read about apartheid in South Africa. A white man says about the blacks, "my greatest fear" "is that by the time we have come to love," "they will have come to hate."
Sheik Rashid: Have you come to love?
Barry: I've come to talk.
John: It's a good plan.
Lea: Mike Tyson used to say, "Everybody's got a plan until they get hit in the face."
Jamal: You are naive. You have some idea in your mind, that all a person has to do is
mow down his enemies, that that is all there is to being a leader. Call your cousin in Egypt. It's not so simple anymore. Everybody has a camera, everybody's on YouTube.
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