Despite Lebanon’s history of wars, fighting, occupation and tutelage, it has not known such a fateful phase as dangerous as the one it currently confronts. An indicator of this is the unprecedented shock felt after a photo of a beheaded man - allegedly of Ali al-Sayyed, a Lebanese soldier - was circulated. Through this photo, the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) aimed to terrify the Lebanese people.
Time constraints no longer allow us to continue addressing our local issues with shallow talk. Lebanon, and the Lebanese people, confront an existential threat which can only be addressed by ending the prevailing political and social coma. Therefore, we would not be exaggerating if we say that we are being called upon to defend our existence and to prove - for once in our history - that we, as citizens and not as narrow-minded people or followers of a certain sect or religion or party, are capable of defeating the threat posed against us.
United the Lebanese people
It’s time that we all wake up and realize that the threat is existentialNayla Tueni