By Jana J. Jabbour
Every time Lebanon endures a crisis, it is common to hear its people, and outsiders too, speak of Lebanon’s “resilience”: ever since the civil war, the Lebanese have believed in their power to “rise again like a Phoenix” as the common saying goes. And when they are unable to find a way out of their crises, the Lebanese still hold on to the belief that they will eventually be pulled out of the pit by outsiders – regional and Western powers. As the popular narrative goes, Lebanon plays a key role thanks to its unique cultural and religious diversity which makes it a model of coexistence in a divided region, and its importance as a host country for Palestinian and Syrian refugees; hence, Lebanon is a “red line” and will always be rescued by the so-called “international community.”
Yet, in the current context of unprecedented, multidimensional and existential crisis that the country is witnessing, and as the foundations of the post-war political and economic order are crumbling, no foreign power seems to be either willing or capable of stopping, or at least decelerating, the free downfall.