The war lingers like a faded memory over Lebanon. It's constantly there, never quite removed and forgotten. As much as one tries to cover it up, the issues are still ever-present: the barbed wire remains. The innonence of the country was lost.
Lebanon remains a country trapped inside the machines of war and the ideology that urged on violence. Innocent eyes of individuality can peer out, show their fear, and question, but that innocence is without a face, never publicly expressed, hidden, and scraped away by the pervasive violence that pulls all into its murderous, factionalized ideology.
Innocence cannot exist in a maelstrom of violence. Everyone rationalizes it, justifies it, and becomes a part of it, regardless of how removed they are from the actual killing.
And where is innocence today? It's a forgotten memory. Every new generation born into an era of peaceful possibility gets pulled back into the paradoxical mentality of confined separation. The barbed wire and borders within our minds continue to bind us together...
I recently wrote that in an email. What do you think?