Every single year, this day passes by with me wondering "what if" and "why". I cannot help myself but ask these questions every single time.
What if the 21 days were replaced by 6 years? What if you never attended that meeting? What if we saw more, lived more, and felt more? Why leave so soon? Why do we always carry the heaviest burdens? Why did you have to choose a path of self-sacrifice? Why did they want to get rid of you that quickly? Why didn't we live a dream that lasted more than 21 days? Why do we always have to be the bravest among men? Why do you still let me ponder during the 14th of September of what could've been? Deep down inside I know, yet I refuse to acknowledge it.
I know that you would have been the leader that guided us to a better Lebanon. I know that they were intimidated by your presence. I know that those 21 days that we saw as a dream, were perceived as a nightmare by many. I know that they were afraid of Lebanon you would have produced. The Lebanon that we still aspire to achieve. I know that they were suffocating knowing that you, among all people, were the one that was capable of achieving this goal. I know that we would have not become the force we are today without your self-sacrifice. I know that we would have never understood the meaning of resilience. I know that we would have never understood how hard it is to be Lebanese Forces.
In 21 days, you gave hope to people that did not know what hope meant. In 21 days, you gave purpose to your people after everything they have gone through. In 21 days, you managed to accomplish much more than what presidents are trying to attain in years.
Bachir, the day will come where people that say you betrayed your country will show that they betrayed their own. The day will come where people who said that you were a murderer will be exposed by the murders they have attempted on a rebellious truth. The day will come where imposters pretending to be "strong presidents" will fail miserably simply because they are not who they claim to be.
That day will come because they can never be you. That day will come because no matter how hard they try, they can never love their country more than you ever did.
Bachir Gemayel, 1982 - infinity