We Shall Survive
I watched the news tonight and cried.
Our shores are polluted and need a minimum of $30 million to be cleaned, our archeological sites are threatened, no more dairy products because the LibanLait factory has been bombed and the workers in other factories have fled the country (same reason why garbage is slowly flooding the streets), our economy and businesses are in a dire shape and of course most importantly: the number of refugees is in constant increase and the humanitarian crisis is ever-intensifying. All this in 14 days.
Add to this the fact that Condie left the region without any sign of a quick end to Israel’s military campaigns in Lebanon. After stuffing herself with hummous and tabouleh and mezzeh in Beirut while people all around her were starving.
I do not believe in justice anymore. I do not believe in fairness or equity. Lebanon, that piece of heaven on earth (as sung by Wadih Safi), shall always be desired by others. Because it is unique, and there is nothing even remotely similar to it in the whole wide universe. Everyone will always want to grab a piece of it and destroy it again and again...
But we shall be stronger. We shall always win. We shall always prevail. We shall always SURVIVE.
Because Lebanon's strength is in its people, which are as unique and special as their homeland. As resilient as its mountains, as eternal as its cedars, as patient as its sea.
Long live Lebanon and the Lebanese, wherever they are.