On 11 February 2018, I've read an article by "Detroit Free Press" recognizing Sameer Eid the owner of a Lebanese Restaurant called Phoenicia as one of the best restaurateurs in Michigan. He's been in the business since 1971 four years before the start of the war in his country of origin Lebanon. When I woke this morning one of the first things that popped while checking my Facebook page a status by one of my hometown relatives. A very talented cook Dina Bayoud Kohl writer of "The Taste of Marjeyoun." Talked about her pride & honor for meeting Mr. Eid.
I've been browsing some of the backlashes on the movie Beirut starring Mad Men Jon Hamm & Gone Girl Rosamund Pike.There are two blogs that basically summed up the reaction in Lebanon.Blog Baladi demonstrated the reaction of the majority and its concern that the movie is conveying the flawed idea of Beirut. Another website Plus961 are taking a stand of the indifferent although making known that the movie transmitting an inaccurate picture of Beirut.For me whatever is the reaction of the Lebanese people the damage is done. I agree with Plus961 blog and think we should move on.It's not going be the last time that anyone would make a film about Beirut City or even Lebanon and show a different reality. This is all that was needed for the Lebanese in 2018, some rather "setback" to blame the west for our misfortunes. Now if the tourism industry suffers a plunge, we will blame the movie.
What kind of a country we live in where we can't decide our own president? Really are we that immature to be unable to elect someone for such a position or are we in truth useless?