That’s why what is happening today is so significant. This is a moment when Lebanese people, with a united front, are making it clear that they will no longer tolerate being manipulated, cheated, and lied to. They will not allow tribal leaders to pit them against one another on false pretences. When they are now told that the protests are the work of foreign powers, they do not believe it. They know this movement is theirs.
I watch proudly as Lebanon’s youth lead the charge to build a better country; and women show their determination to be catalysts of change. As people chant together, dance, and link arms. Not just people from one community, one party, one sect; but all Lebanese, standing shoulder to shoulder to say enough is enough.
The days ahead will not be easy, and my greatest hope is that violent forces will not once again divert the course of Lebanon’s history. Its people deserve better than that. I believe we are witnessing a beautiful moment in the transformation of a beautiful country. There should be no going back.
Amal Clooney (Alamuddin) is a Lebanese-British barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, specialising in international law and human rights. In 2019, Clooney was appointed the special envoy on media freedom by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.