Most of the countries look like they could return to “business as usual” after the pandemic, but of course, with a certain amount of adaptation. Whether it is adapting to a new form of lifestyle, or seize the opportunity to operate reforms. Sadly, for Lebanon, the “new normal” will not be that of the rest of the world. We are definitely entering a “new” era, but probably not one that embraces prosperity.
Given the social, political and economic slump the country is in, the likelihood remains that Lebanon will return to its worn-out system. Five years after the outbreak of the waste crisis, our streets are still filled with piles of garbage rotting in the sun, our banking sector not only has lost the trust of the Lebanese people, but is bankrupt as well, due to years of abuse and mismanagement, our currency’s sharp and unprecedented devaluation has left many citizens in a state of poverty, the energy crisis keeps getting worse, with increasing power outages, the level of corruption does not seem to dissipate, and is fully parasitizing the state, and our debt is leaving us standing severely hurt at the international level.
HOSTAGES IN OUR OWN COUNTRY
Isn’t it how most of you feel, today? That you are held hostage in your own country?
Due to the pandemic, we had to control the influx of people entering Lebanon, fine, we can agree on that. But did we, really? Because if you and I are not allowed to travel freely, scandals around flux of planes – private or commercial – landing in Beirut makes you wonder: do we really have thing under control ? The lockdown, though necessary, has made things worse for everyone, nationwide, as already, the crisis was immense. The country is running into oblivion, and more than ever, the people feel they have no say in how the country is run. Story of an endangered democracy…
WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS
The country needs structural, economic and political reforms. And that cannot happen unless the ruling elite reforms itself out of power. Yet, Lebanon has been dragging its feet in a political standstill, as the new government is hardly a break from the old. This new Lebanon much resembles the old ones, and as of now, the “new era” for Lebanon is pretty much going to be about survival of the fittest.