I still remember that beautiful summer night in the early 2000s; Downtown Beirut was just buzzing with a massive amount of residents, expats and tourists who went out every evening to enjoy fine-dining, shopping, clubbing and/or smoking shishas till the early hours of the morning in the then-newly renovated heart of the Lebanese capital.
Downtown Beirut 2002 AP
A shadow of what it used to be
Today, this resistance-turned-terrorist group solely decides if Lebanon lives in peace, or dies in pieces. An example of this was when Hezbollah single-handedly drove the whole nation into a war with Israel in the summer of 2006.Faisal J. Abbas
Hariri assassination Reuters Azakir 2005
From tourism to terrorism
However, leave it to Hezbollah – who had the audacity to call the devastating 2006 war which left 1,000 people killed a victory – and they would probably tell you that Lebanon couldn’t be in any better shape!Faisal J. Abbas