On behalf of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Information Minister Jamal El-Jarrah patronized Saturday the opening ceremony of a photo exhibition on the Lebanese Civil War, organized by the Press Photographers Syndicate at the Beirut House in Sodeco, in the presence of MP Fuad Makhzoumi, Information Ministry Director-General Hassan Falha, Press Photographers Syndicate Dean Aziz Taher, Army Chief Representative Colonel Nazih Jreij, Beirut Governor Ziad Shebib, and a number of prominent dignitaries in the media and photography fields.
"On this day Lebanon and the Lebanese fell into the trap of the civil war plot, the conspiracy to destroy Lebanon and its cultural, civilized and pioneering role. Lebanon and the Lebanese fall into the trap of sectarianism...and detrimental projects to end it," said Jarrah, recalling the unfortunate start of the Lebanese civil war.
"All these tragedies that have passed, made the youth of Lebanon lose their lives, kill, injure and shed blood in the streets, and destroy Lebanon before our eyes, without being able to protect it from sectarianism...falling into the trap of regional projects that decided to turn Lebanon into a battlefield, " Jarrah added.
He recalled witnessing that regretful stage of Lebanon's history. "I also lived through the reconstruction phase with Martyr Prime Minister Rafic Hariri, the suffering that Lebanon experienced as a state and institutions aiming for reconstruction and the restoration of Lebanon on the map of the world and the region, and reviving the services enjoyed back in 1975," the Information Minister went on.
"We cannot blame anyone, but we can merely clarify the real causes that facilitated and led to the civil war," deemed Jarrah, regretting the wasted years spent in war instead of sitting together around a table of dialogue and connecting for the sake of preserving the nation and sparing the Lebanese all the atrocities and sufferings of war.
"We have to draw lessons and learn...and tell the future generations, our young men and women, the creative innovators, not to repeat the mistakes of others, for that would signal the end of Lebanon and the Lebanese, and the end of its role in the region and the world," Jarrah underlined.
He also confirmed that "all Arab, European and foreign countries love Lebanon and appreciate the creativity and capabilities of the Lebanese," stressing that "it is time to appreciate ourselves, honor and preserve our country and pass it on to future generations in a better form."
For his part, Beirut Governor Shebib said: "The House of Beirut, this ancient place, which still carries the wounds of the war, welcomes all Lebanese, and saves the memories of one hundred years of Beirut's modern history."
He pointed out that "the April 13th commemoration was chosen to inaugurate this exhibition since in marking the anniversary lies a lesson...and because the current rising generation in Lebanon, which did not know the tragedies of the war, must view what the lenses of the photographers have documented of that past stage."
Shebib called on all Lebanese to visit the "House of Beirut" and have a look at all the photographs that summarize a part of Lebanon's painful history, deriving the necessary lessons from such a dire experience.
Source: National News Agency