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The righteous will flourish like a palm tree they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon Psalm 9212 It is mentioned seventy times in the Bible King Solomon used its cedars to build his glorious temples and the Romans built their only temple for Jupiter on its land Moreover it was from its coasts that the Phoenicians spread the worlds first alphabet The word Lebanon symbolized beauty strength and pride What was it that caused this fame to be replaced with infamy Why does the word Lebanon appear today only in sensationalized newspaper articles heralding bombings terrorism corruption and grief One might regard the civil war as the main cause of Lebanons downfall while others might blame the government Yet as the past cannot be undone the cause is not an issue of primary importance There exists a spark of hope for Lebanon and a solution for its problems This solution lies in the words of Americas thirty-fifth president John F Kennedy Addressing his people in his inauguration speech he stated Ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country For a nation to strengthen itself and improve its situation its citizens should be eager to act on behalf of their country not continuously searching for ways the country might benefit them Although the Lebanese people have expressed their love for their country it is necessary that they continue to change those words into action as they have done during the upheaval of recent events People are eager for a more stable and democratic government and a better economy Nevertheless it has nearly become a tradition for students to leave Lebanon after or even before graduating from university It is true that there are relatively less job opportunities in Lebanon but if all the highly-educated and potentially successful people were to leave Lebanon and use their skills to enrich other countries Lebanon would never have
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