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Lest we forget, we are a weak country stuck in a tough neighbourhood, with powerful neighbours led by greedy clans. I am convinced most Syrians and most Israelis want peace. However, their respective leaderships are driving them to war.
The Syrians are given little choice; through brutality and intimidation, they are dictated by an uncompromising mafia clique. All the ambition that went into an otherwise grand ambition for the establishment Greater Syria has been reduced to secure the survival of a parasitic regime.
The Israelis give themselves little choice; through fear and misinformation, they are manipulated by an uncompromising paranoid political class. All the ingenuity that went into an otherwise grand ambition to “make the desert bloom” has been diverted to colonize an already inhabited “
But the neighbourhood is only half the story.
Yes, we Lebanese are not without fault. Many of our politicians allied with those foreign powers to perpetuate their local prerogatives, often switching sides, but never taking
If you want to see a nature whose charms can be equaled nowhere, a wonderful sea, an incomparable sky, the most beautiful mountains of the world, a hideous race in whose midst emerges the most wonderful types, a society which has reached the lowest level of disorganization that one can reach before regressing back to savagery, come here.
The shorter version; we’re FUBAR beyond repair, fodder for Lebanese comedians. Yes, we wasted a historic opportunity.
But it doesn't mean we will not get (yet another) chance.
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In the immediate, we now have to contend with the changed regional realities, and wait. Either the interests of bigger (but not greater) powers are realigned with ours, or our “current” enemies will make a mistake.
We’ve been lucky before. I am confident we’ll be lucky again. But our only option now is to wait this storm out, till better climes come. And they will Better times will come.
But all of us will remain.