Whenever anything bad happened in this so called country we blame the past. Yes, maybe the past had a huge role where we are now but is it really an excuse anymore.
Almost every nation had to pass in the phase we are still slumping in. What was the difference between us and the others , some might say their politicians less corrupt, maybe the rules set are much better and modern, maybe who really knows?
Since I remember and Lebanon is this way, and from the days of my parents and even before them the same story never changed. I will not give U.S. or Europe example to compare with our situation. I will take two Africa where I lived for almost 5 years and Southeast Asia where I lived for 3 years and I've read and watched documentaries about the latter. Both regions 50 or 60 years ago were way behind us in all terms of development and corruption well in some of the countries in these regions still exist and very strong. But what the difference between the population of regions mentioned and ours.
The difference is crystal clear in my opinion Countries such as South Africa , Namibia , Guinea , Singapore, Malaysia , Indonesia among many others their people evolved from an audience who drink, party, and screw to population who think, vote and change governments where they can in other countries like Equatorial Guinea where I lived for almost 3 years yes there is so called dictator but he at least made his country self-sustained and he controlled U.S. Companies, not the opposite.
We are people who need to wake up and smell not the garbage in our streets this's merely a distraction to the fact we are people who wake up when we are directly affected. We have been screwed time and time over the years and nobody seems to have a reality check up. The reality is very clear and the solution is very simple : wake up and seize the power from politicians you entrusted with your votes.