What is more troublesome: the famous actor Gerard Depardieu giving up his French nationality to evade paying taxes, or millions of Lebanese people seeking to obtain another citizenship mainly because the Lebanese citizenship has degraded in value, reputation and competitive advantage. Is it that the Lebanese citizenship no longer provides the least benefits of loyalty, citizenship, good reputation protection and added value?!
Can we consider acquiring another nationality, or in some cases holding dual nationalities in “a declaration of divorce” from the Lebanese state, its symbols and its institutions?
Or can we hold a vote of “non-confidence” against “the traders of politics” who became experts in wasting opportunities and disappointing people and increasing the national debt and causing human tragedies and financial losses, a generation after another?
Is immigration really the fate of Lebanese people and their destiny, to incarnate the saying “work outside and spend inside” as if Lebanon became a place for spending our income instead of being an income generator? Or is it a geographic spot to produce ready-to-export brains, and young men and women? And finally, is it acceptable that key officials boast their dual citizenships and their bank accounts in foreign currencies, as their old mentality, and their multiple foreign loyalties, their retardation and incapacity, and their illegal enrichment….are not enough to distance the Lebanese from them, to the point of despair, disgust and immigration?
Can we consider acquiring another nationality, or in some cases holding dual nationalities, 'a declaration of divorce' from the Lebanese state?Mazen Hayek