Before You Go Out Tonight

Before you go out tonight, before you head to BO18, sporting those Ray Bans you know you need in an underground nightclub, before you wear those Louis Vuittons that will definitely get the attention of your frienemy and bff, please think of this.

30 years ago, this could have been, and might have been your father. Needless to say more, but I will.

On this day, 37 years ago, our parents and grandparents started something pretty perverted. They started murdering people, kidnapping them, raping them, and doing cruel, cruel things to their bodies, or simply watched as all this happened. And this went on for a time-span of 15 whole years.

But what really gets me riled is that all this didn’t stop. It happened again in 2006 and 2008. It also happened in 1958, and goes as far as back as 1840 and 1860.

So, before you start sipping on champagne, and planning for Eddes Sands tomorrow, I’d like you to please wonder, as I still do, why this happened and why this continues, however different it is today. You may think of you have all the answers, whether you are a Secularist, Communist, Phallangist, or Islamist, and I will probably disagree, as I don’t either. But if you do, by all means, don’t you think you have a responsibility to share your answers?

I know Prague is beautiful, and I know London is where you truly belong, but maybe the future of the place we’ve grown up in deserves some interest, too?

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4 Comments on “Before You Go Out Tonight”

  1. Amira says:

    You spoke my heart out, there is this whole generation for fresh recent smart lebanese graduates that would rather put their talent anywhere else other than Lebanon and they list a million reasons why…They are right, but if we all take that perspective, what do you think will become of your beloved Lebanon.

  2. Amira says:

    You spoke my heart out. Every year a generation of smart and talented lebanese graduates leave in search of their potential, they would rather be anywhere other than Lebanon accepting jobs and they will give you a million reasons why. And they might be right, but if that perspective becomes a norm (which it is close to being, if not already) what do you think will become of our beloved Lebanon?

  3. Karim Badra says:

    As you spoke mine :) Lebanon is full of talent and wealth. It also has one of the highest brain drain rates in the world. And if they’re not leaving the country, they’re creating their own BO18 bubbles. That obviously isn’t something comfortable to think of. In terms of the civil war, we’re all standing on a bomb that’s going to be set off sooner or later. If we don’t do anything, then we have no one but ourselves to blame.

  4. laranasser says:

    yes. yes, excellent.


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