The Complex Web of Greed~ Lebanon

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Lady on her balcony in the area of Borj Hammoud, Beirut

Lady on her balcony in the area of Borj Hammoud, Beirut

I left my native Lebanon to New York City back in 1987. The war was still raging and the political and economic situations were highly unstable if not volatile. Today, almost 27 years later, the Lebanese struggle with rationed electricity, unstable economic and political situations, living on the brink of another war, receiving a flood of refugees from another neighbor and the only difference from then to now is how much thicker the pockets of our political leaders are getting. Corruption is their religion and money their God. How will the web of greed be ever dismantled?

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  1. Unfortunately corruption seems endemic among certain groups of people – the sad thing is they seem to think it’s normal and never ever think of the consequences for others.

  2. It is sad because Lebanon has such potential to be a great and prosperous nation. Hopefully things will get better in the region but we may be years away from peace right now.

  3. It is certainly not enough to just wish for better leaders in this world. Your are telling so much in this picture Mimo.

  4. Deliverance comes from the Lord alone. But who will seek it? And reach out for it? In Lebanon or America?

  5. Corruption is the most efficient way to steal from the poor. 🙁
    And it is extremely well (inversely) correlated with wealth (GDP per capita), the poorer the country, the higher the corruption. (I’ll publish the paper some day) my hypothesis is that high levels of corruption just drag third world countries down.
    Sadly, I have no solution to offer: we are in the hands of thieves who call themselves politicians.

  6. It’s a striking image Mimo, very fitting of the complexity of the problem.

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