It is a well-known fact that Lebanon was at its peak during the 50s and the 60s. It was right on track and even exceeding other regional countries in many aspects. During those rich and beautiful times, our country was one of the top destinations for tourists while some neighboring countries took Lebanon as an inspiration to their own goals.
Of course, the civil war that Lebanon lived, followed by decades of misgovernance of our internal affairs caused the country’s major deterioration. Every aspect of Lebanon degraded and things were never the same again.
Right now, equipped with all that we have gained of contemporary knowledge and skills, and inspired by the old Lebanon we once had, Lebanese people want to regain the crown of the Middle East; not for the title, but for all that it means of a good life for the citizens.
The war is over and these holes are not a good reminder. It might seem like a small step but it would really help with the people’s inner peace to be completely over the horrible times, and close that door to the past.
This is not just about Beirut, but every town and city in Lebanon was equally as beautiful and full of peace. This is Tripoli in the old days; neat, clean and beautifully maintained.
How great would it be if we followed our own steps? Lebanon would be the unique, authentic and prosperous country it once was, with the modernity and development the current and future generations have to offer.
Deep down, we are still the Lebanon from the 60s, we just need to put the effort to show it and make it apparent to the outside world!