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Reply To: What were your primary takeaways after reading “Lebanon: Past Challenges, Present Calamities, Future Prospects”? Is there hope for preserving a pluralistic Lebanon in the future?

Alie Brand

Yes, in the early days Lebanon excelled in the development of literature / poetry and commerce and trade. The Golden Age of Lebanon (1940s-1960s) was characterized by international presence, a thriving economy and increased education.

But then a series of events (Six Day War, Cairo Agreement and Black September) represent a turning point towards decline in Lebanese history. In 1975, civil war erupts, pitting religious minorities against each other. It lasts until 1990. Hezbollah gained power in 2005 and has continued to exercise it in Lebanon. From there it was down road all the way.

But there is always hope!