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2. UNITE THE LEBANESE

WHAT UNITES THE LEBANESE IS MUCH MORE POWERFUL THAN WHAT DIVIDES THEM

->  EVERYTHING UNITE THE LEBANESE. The Lebanese are united by their common history, culture, way of life, cuisine, craftsmanship, entrepreneurship, tolerance, and tradition of hospitality.

->  THE ONLY THING THAT DIVIDES THE LEBANESE IS SECTARIANISM  and it is an artificial division imposed by the Law and the Political organization.

Religious beliefs are a personal issue and a personal choice.

Religious beliefs should remain a PERSONAL CHOICE and should NOT INTERFERE IN POLITICS.

Lebanon is 35% Christian, 29% Sunni, 29% Shia and 7% Druze according to the last census. No religious community has the democratic legitimacy to rule over the others

There is NO FUTURE FOR LEBANON unless the Lebanese distance themselves from religious divisions and WORK TOGETHER, as Lebanese citizens, to BUILD AN EFFCIENT COUNTRY where all the citizens can live, thrive, be respected and have equal rights, regardless of their personal beliefs.

There is NO FUTURE FOR LEBANON unless the Lebanese start acting politically as Lebanese citizens and no longer as members of religious communities.

There is NO FUTURE FOR LEBANON unless the Lebanese start counting only on the Lebanese and stop relying on foreign help and finances to try to rule over the other communities.

The 16 million Lebanese living in Lebanon and abroad are ALL Lebanese.

THERE ARE MORE LEBANESE LIVING ABROAD THAN THERE ARE LEBANESE LIVING IN LEBANON

Most of the 12 million Lebanese living abroad have NOT chosen to emigrate. They were forced to leave because of economic or political considerations. They still cherish their nation of origin and wish for the possibility – for themselves and for their children – to come back, invest, work, and retire in Lebanon

The 3 Million Lebanese that have emigrated in the past 30 years are the ones that make Lebanon survive economically through the billions of dollars they transfer annually, through their investments in real estate and in businesses and through the financial help they provide to their families living in Lebanon.

 

THE LEBANESE ARE TALENTED. They have settled in every corner of the world and have given the world some of the most successful entrepreneurs, doctors, professors, scientists, architects, designers, financiers, artists and thinkers. The talents, knowledge, experience, and industrial and financial resources of Lebanese expatriates are a priceless capital that Lebanon must leverage.

 

THE LEBANESE NATION IS A WEALTH. The Lebanese diaspora must be encouraged to bring back to Lebanon its wealth of experience, know-how and resources. The young Lebanese of the diaspora must be given the ability to come back to Lebanon. The senior members of the diaspora must be encouraged and given the possibility to retire in peace in Lebanon.