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Can You Divorce a Country?

Probably not. Lebanon follows you everywhere you go. Whatever position you occupy in your adopted country, you will always be the Lebanese. Wherever you go in this world, and especially if your adopted country did not bestow its nationality on you, you will always be the one with the Lebanese passport: a recipe for humiliation for you and your family. My trip to Lebanon began with humiliation and psychological torture at the hands of US border agents. I am not one to complain about the US, for God knows I am grateful for what this country gave me, and continues to give me. But what a shame that a government agency consistently violates its own written rules, and discriminates based on the national origin of its residents, and treats children like terrorists. Read the full post...

This country did not become safer after this episode. Maybe this is the price to pay, some will argue. But maybe it isn't. There's a lot of stupidity directed at the United States, but there is also a lot of the same within its borders. People who frisk children are united in shortsightedness with people who view a national dress as a terrorism symbol. These people deserve the bigotry award along with those who attack a presidential candidate for the name and religion of his father.
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