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Lebanese are “Clever Entrepreneurs”? Very funny, the ultimate in irony

Posted on: July 9, 2020

Lebanese are “Clever Entrepreneurs”? Very funny, the ultimate in irony

Note: Re-edit of “Clever Entrepreneur my Ass”: Who is the Lebanese Entrepreneur? March 31, 2011″

As the State of Lebanon is experiencing total bankruptcy at all levels, government, Central Bank and many dozens of private banks for barely 4.3 million pseudo-citizens, we still keep hearing of “How come these clever entrepreneurs allowed Lebanon to reach this bottom in our financial/economic conditions?”

Clever Entrepreneur my Ass

I have worked with a few Lebanese companies, abroad and in Lebanon, and my impressions are negative.

“What is clever entrepreneur my ass” is my honest opinion of how I perceive the mentality of doing business in our culture.

In 1980, I worked with a Lebanese company in Nigeria; the company contracted out public civil works, like highways, deforestation and spreading asphalt on major roads.

I was supposed to be assisting the plant manager for maintaining and repairing heavy-duty equipment in a remote town.

The engineers were to wear high brown boots, the kinds that fascist wore, for discrimination reasons; and the boots have to be shining in this mud riddled camp, boots shined by an African helper.

Engineers were not supposed to socialize with workers and mechanics, even if they were Lebanese.

Consequently, going out with mechanics was frowned at, and management would sanction me and tell me that workers would refrain from respecting me and obeying my orders….

I was not even permitted to read to the mechanics the contents of the repair and maintenance manuals originating from the manufacturer:  Only the engineers and plant manager were to be the knowledgeable persons in the camp.

You had these mechanics who sincerely wanted to learn how to do their job right: they wanted to buy the proper tools and how they work, once they open their own shops back home.

Mechanics wanted knowledge and I translated to them from English into Arabic terms, even if the translation was Not that accurate, but they knew what I was conveying in knowledge.  Management hated what I was doing and scorned me.

For example, one night, robbers killed four Nigerian guards in our camp.

I never received any information whether management visited the bereaved families in the small village or if they paid compensation.  I was glad that I was repatriated shortly after this gruesome attack.

In Lebanon, I worked on a civil project, constructing a coastal hotel.

There were no safety guidelines at the workplace.  The Indonesian and Indian workers slept in the large open basement, and nobody was in charge of checking on the habitat or their well-being.  The workers favorite pastime was catching rats to fry them as delicacy.

A UN report stated that Chinese minorities in South-East Asia, white people in South Africa, and Lebanese in western Africa benefited most from the wealth generated by globalization and open markets in developing countries, particularly in tandem with multinational companies.

The African leaders who opted to cajole the ethnic majority ended up harassing, robbing, and pressuring Lebanese entrepreneurs out of the country, like in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

And obviously, Israel was behind the persecution of Lebanese entrepreneurs as most of the Presidential guards in African States are trained by Israel.

For example, the Lebanese in Ivory Coast are in big trouble.

It’s rumored that President Gbagbo, who hates to step down even if his country goes in flame, (as is the case of Gaddafi of Libya and Abdullah Saleh in Yemen), favors the Lebanese entrepreneurs.  Nothing wrong with that, unless…

There are strong rumors, supported by evidence, that Israel is rekindling the wrath against the Lebanese in Ivory Coast and Africa in general.  This is normal:  The Zionist apartheid State has this habit of transferring people and filling the void

Lebanese entrepreneurs in Lebanon proper produce to export.

The Lebanese citizens never enjoyed any quality products manufactured or produced in Lebanon:  They are all exported and the Lebanese merchants import third grade products, change the labels, and poison our citizens.

Good fresh fruits are immediately exported in waiting six and eight-wheelers to Arab countries such as Saudi Kingdom, Kuwait, and Jordan…The citizens have to contend with the spoiled and smaller categories of fruits…

Lebanon produced four times its need of olive oil:  They are all exported and the citizens have to consume the third grade leftover olive oil and import poisoned olive oil…

And you have this minister of industry encouraging the citizens to buy Lebanese manufactured products; where are those quality products?

Lebanon has a couple of pharmaceutical “factories”, producing aspirin…

For a couple of months, the citizens enjoyed low-cost aspirin-type of products.  And Aspirin vanished from local market:  The entire stocks were exported to Saudi Kingdom and the Lebanese had to contend with expensive imported aspirin that are no different than what we produced.

Syria manufactures 70% of its pharmaceutical needs and it is the Syrian government import only the expensive medicines that it does Not manufacture at bargain prices.

The Lebanese have no governments, we have been living in a pseudo-State since our Independence” in 1943.

The pseudo-citizens have to deal with the multitude of infamy and indignities on their own. We still have no public electricity, no potable water, no valid infrastructure, no public transportation, no one to listen to any demonstration and marches demands…

Who is the clever Lebanese Entrepreneur?  Clever my ass!

Lebanon is still standing because the immigrants are sending money to their families back home.  It turned out that 15% of our GDP is from transferred money, though 10% of these influx are re–invested overseas and nothing for any sustained money generation institutions within Lebanon.

The immigrants who made it, return just to build fancy palaces that stay empty, and then return to where they are making money.

Barely they overstay longer than two weeks:  The peacocks have more important things to do with their lives.

The Lebanese “Christian immigrants” never contemplate to return and stay in Lebanon:  They didn’t study and abused of their families’ money in order to return the favors in their old age parents.

The motto is “Let bygone be bygone” for every infamous events that occur among the tribal/feudal/sectarian Leaders.

From far away, they never miss an opportunity to cursing Lebanon and the Lebanese stupid mentality.

We have this youth movement demanding to change the political sectarian and feudal system.

What we need is a strong central government cracking down on these rascals of Lebanese entrepreneurs at home:  The scums of entrepreneurs are the backbone of our degraded political and social structure and the one encouraging discrimination and medieval mentalities.

You might say that it is the bourgeoisie that changed old systems:  Correct. Not in Lebanon or the Middle-East.

The new bourgois classes in the industrialized countries removed the feudal and sectarian classes from the control of the citizens and erected institutions with potential to raise the well-being of most of the citizens..

The so-called “bourgois classes” in Lebanon and the Middle-East live in total collaboration and in mesh with the feudal/sectarian classes and support them against the “common citizens” in Not constructing viable sustainable States for all the citizens.

The so-called “bourgois classes” in Lebanon and the Middle-East are the most racist and discriminatory classes at all levels, inside and outside the boundaries.

Are you insinuating that our entrepreneurs have anything to do with reforming Lebanon or caring one iota about Lebanon and its people?

Weird deformed entrepreneurs my ass with no national allegiance to the citizens well-being, dignity and aspirations.

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