“Lebanon’s Story” – by Jida Haddad

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John F. Kennedy once said: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” 73 days ago, the Lebanese people finally asked themselves this very question. I remember the first day. I was in Kuwait back then, we had a vacation, and I was watching it on TV. It was small, a group of people standing against the taxes they had just imposed. As the days went by, more and more people joined, they became stronger, more powerful, more heard. That’s when it turned into a revolution: when more than 2 million people stood together. Not a revolution for the poor or for the jobless, but rather a revolution for all. A country in which everyone, no matter what religion or political party they followed, stood together for the greater good. A country in which people were sick and tired of hearing lies and being deceived. A country in which hope was restored and freedom from its own government was slowly being accomplished. People from all over the country, all over the world, even, made themselves heard, took a first step toward restoring this beautiful country. This is just the beginning…the flame will keep on burning.