Taif Agreement

Program for a Nation or National Myth?

The egg as symbol of rebirth is powerful. It can inspire. In the case of Lebanon, the egg is more than a representation of fertility because it plays into the enduring myth that the constituents of this nation will rise from the ashes of their destruction. This myth also conceals a warning and question, however: Will the new be fundamentally different and better, or is there a danger that the new will be just as vain as the old? This question is rising to an existential level for Lebanese democracy and its spectrum of — not yet fully formed — anti-establishment political movements, parties, programs, and coalitions.