In an objective effort to promote Lebanese national interests,
observers and policy makers differ how to prioritize and to set
The upcoming Lebanese General Elections while they are an extremely
important appointment with the rights of the eligible voters to express their
legal representatives, unfortunately so far they are lacking the most important
portion of the national debate: The vision.
Trying to find solutions it is fundamental to initiate by identifying at first
basic problems. In Lebanon there are chronic problems linked to the social
structure of the nation, retarding its insertion into modernity.
Corruption is opposed to accountability, freewheeling is opposed to planning,
friction is opposed to governance and dualism is opposed to nationalism.
If it is true that we can not stir events in the Middle East to detach Lebanon from
the intricacy and complexity of the surrounding problems, it is also true that
a sincere coordinated effort can at least circumvent regionalism and reduce its
preponderant direct negativities.
It is simple to realize that in order to approve effective reforms in all sectors,
as a first step, it is obligatory to have a strong state.
Based on above and considering the international economic contraction, represented
by unemployment in the US, deflation in China and halting of major real estate development plans in The Gulf, perhaps Lebanon can transform a global
liability into an opportunity.
The idea is to empower the environment for peace through a Lebanese
Political Stimulus where the slogan of a strong state will be translated into
accurate and precise proposals.
In order for Lebanon to prepare itself against downturns and crisis, it should
achieve few things rapidly. Put all necessary steps together to create an economy
based on private investment and job creation from one side, and from another
recruit a large number of citizens from both sexes into the armed forces.
A political program based on enticing citizens to be part of the armed forces
and their different intelligence agencies, is crucial to reach two simultaneous
results, from one side to decrease the number of joblessness in the basin of employment,
and from the other it will increase the power of the state as a force capable to
defend its interests within its territories.
In tandem with the armed forces recruitment openings, it is necessary to move forward
with semi-privatization of MEA, Telecoms, EDL, wind energy Offshore and in the plain of Akkar, and most important to improve the infrastructure by opening a second airport and rehabilitating a railroad system.
A total force of 150,000 men and women will be credible to secure the territory and to monitor the boundaries, impeding any infiltrations and creating deterrence for possible
Only a strong Lebanon in its army and its economy can be a reliable partner for regional