I'm looking forward to the donor meeting that is going to be held here in Washington during November. So this will be called for sure, Washington I. I know, I know, it would have been nicer if it went down in history as Beirut I, but what is important is despite all the criticism of the majority in Lebanon (some calling it a "Wahhabi hydra" which is pathetic at best), PM Seniora has been working diligently to move this important and crucial meeting forward.
And this time around, it will be different--the promises we'll make for political, bureaucratic, economic, and judicial reforms we will have to abide by. And I must say, this is all making me extremely optimistic about Lebanon.
The new surge of funds and international confidence in Lebanon is the crux of our development, is the shining light--minus the darkness of a dead security regime and a Syrian tutelage that has robbed our country of any form of well-being.
Yesterday, I saw Ghassan Salame talk from New York about the upcoming Washington I, about all the preparation work done by the Lebanese side (in silence--I guess that's how Seniora works...) and Seniora's full agenda for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, building up to an important meeting on Monday with the donors in New York.
And let me tell you, when I see Ghassan Salame talk, I feel that Lebanon is still vibrant and alive, that I can be proud to be Lebanese. That's how I felt yesterday--so much waiting for Washington I.
"Nobody knows how many rebellions, besides political rebellions, ferment in the masses of life which people earth."