The recent explosion at Lebanon’s largest port has left the world asking: how did it happen? Was it really an accident? And if it wasn’t- who would want to do this?
The damage, both physical and political, is staggering. An estimated 5,000 Lebanese were injured, 160 fatally. These numbers are expected to rise as already-failing hospitals are overwhelmed. An additional 300,000 residents of Beirut are now homeless. Damage is expected to cost the already cash-strapped nation approximately $15 billion.
Lebanon’s only major grain silo was destroyed in the blast. In a nation that imports 80% of its food, this is a death sentence.
As we will come to find, Lebanon’s economic strife isn’t entirely their doing- the United States is putting their knee on the neck of the Lebanese with the hope of forcing the current Hezbollah government out of power and installing a Zionist, Israel-friendly puppet regime.
The Official Narrative
Right away, blame was cast on 2700 tons of ammonium nitrate that exploded- allegedly due to improper maintenance. Lebanese President Michael Aoun said that 2750 tons of the material, which is used in fertilizer and bombs, had been stored at the port for six years.
Ammonium nitrate, as many noted, is not flammable on its own. It requires a fuel source in order to combust.
It’s possible that the ammonium nitrate sat in the Port of Beirut for six years, evading combustion, until some careless welding nearby on August 4th. However, this explanation seems less than plausible in light of Lebanon’s historical relationship with its southern neighbor, Israel.
Lebanese-Israeli relations have been relatively calm in the 21st century- relative to the 20th century, especially.
In the 1960s, Lebanon was a center of activity for the Palestine Liberation Front (PLO), which was headquartered for a time in Beirut. Lebanon became the command center for PLO raids into Israel- which Israel responded to with disproportionate deadly force against civilians.
Of course, both sides in the Lebanon-Israel conflict killed civilians. But a study of the conflict reveals a trend: PLO operations primarily targeted military operatives, while Israeli operations targeted civilian power plants, homes, and civilians themselves. When the PLO killed Israeli civilians, it’s remembered as a “massacre.” When Israel kills 2,000 Lebanese civilians, it’s forgotten- or celebrated as a “historic Israeli victory.”
Between the 1973 Mossad assassinations in Beirut, 1978’s Operation Litani (2,000 civilians killed and 250,000 displaced), or the 1982 shelling of Beirut (20,000 civilians killed), the late 20th century was a period of intense suffering for the Lebanese, as Israel attempted to ethnically cleanse them from their homes.
Between 1985 and 2000, Israel funded the South Lebanon Army, which it used to regularly attack Lebanese civilians.
As noted, the 21st century has been relatively calm- but only when compared to the 20th century.
Just this July, “skirmishes” were reported between Hezbollah and Israel along the Lebanon-Israel border.
How does Israel benefit from weakening Lebanon?
Israel is the primary beneficiary from disarray in Lebanon. The Lebanese ruling government, formerly led by Hassan Diab, is the first in Lebanon’s history to be openly led by Hezbollah. As the U.S. spearheads an international campaign for Zionism, the Lebanese chose to align with Iran, in an attempt to curb Israeli influence at home and in the region.
Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, has called out the Port of Beirut as an Israeli target, stating that in 2018 and 2019 “Israel found that Iran and the Quds Forces have begun to advance the exploitation of civilian maritime channels,” charging that Beirut’s port “is now the Port of Hezbollah.”
The Lebanese government denied these accusations- but they don’t have to. Their people elected a pro-Hezbollah government for a reason, and surely do not mind if their government imports arms to defend against Israeli aggression. These denials aren’t intended for the Lebanese audience- they are meant to deflect international attention, and thus, justification for war.
Lebanon’s U.N. ambassador explicitly noted this, describing Danon’s charges as “direct threats” to Lebanon’s civilian infrastructure.
Additionally, Lebanon has begun refusing to accept refugees from the Golan Heights region. One in five residents in Lebanon is already a Syrian refugee, and the strained Lebanese economy cannot support additional refugees.
This creates a problem for Israel as it looks to annex the Syrian & Lebanese territory that comprises the Golan Heights. The region has approximately 30,000 residents, and as resolute as Zionism’s power is, they could not bear the optics of openly genociding all of them. They have to go somewhere- but as of 2014, that “somewhere” is no longer Lebanon, as Lebanon has effectively turned off the spigot to more refugees by imposing stricter border controls and making it extremely difficult for refugees to enter the country.
America’s imperialist role
Lebanon is a country that has historically resisted Zionist aggression, fought back against the Israeli terror state, and recently elected an openly anti-Zionist government. You’re probably waiting for America to horn in and put a stop to this. Wait no longer.
Donald Trump’s administration is responsible for some of the most aggressive sanctions on Lebanon in the country’s history. U.S. sanctions are targeting Lebanese lawmakers and local banks, worsening an already brutal economic crisis that is plunging millions of Lebanese men, women, and children into starvation.
The U.S. justifies these actions by claiming they will “deprive Hezbollah of its sources of income,” and “[add] to Lebanon’s severe financial and economic crisis.”
“Yesterday, our neighbors gave us a bag of bread. … We can’t even manage that ourselves,” said Mohammed Kekhia, a former construction worker.“Every two days, I go out and try to gather some olives or some labneh [thick yoghurt] so that the children can eat a little.”
“We have taken more actions recently against Hezbollah than in the history of our counterterrorism program,” says Sigal P. Mandelker, a U.S. Treasury department official. Mandelker, the architect of this policy leading to mass starvation of Lebanese children, is the Jewish daughter of “Holocaust survivors.”
Corroboration of Israeli involvement
The corroboration of Israeli involvement begins back in 2018, when Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu called out the target, alleging in a UN speech that the Port of Beirut was being used to store weapons.
Further corroboration came immediately after the blast, when Israeli politician Moshe Feiglin wrote: “Today is Tu B’Av, a day of joy, and a true and huge thank you to God and all the geniuses and heroes really (!) who organized for us this wonderful celebration in honor of the day of love…marking Tu B’Av holiday, we’ve got a fantastic fireworks show from Beirut’s port.”
Feiglin, a former member of Israel’s ruling Likud party, also claimed “the explosions were not caused by an industrial accident and reportedly told a local radio station later that Israel ‘should be proud’ if it was somehow responsible,” according to Newseek.
This gives further credence to the reporting of Richard Silverstein, a prominent progressive Jewish author, who claims to have received word from inside the IDF that Israel was indeed responsible for the bombing. Silverstein writes:
A confidential highly-informed Israeli source has told me that Israel caused the massive explosion at the Beirut port earlier today which killed over 100 and injured thousands.
Israel targeted a Hezbollah weapons depot at the port and planned to destroy it with an explosive device.
Silverstein later claims that Israel must not have known about the ammonium nitrate at the port, otherwise they would have not risked the destruction and civilian casualties that occurred. A cursory review of the Lebanon-Israel conflict calls this analysis into question.
Eyebrow-Raising Emergent Narratives
Some people exhibit “tells” when they lie- they look at the ground, shuffle uncomfortably in their seat, or become jittery. In Israel’s case, to spot the trick, one can often look at emergent media narratives and how they are spun to Israel’s benefit.
One immediate narrative is that “Hezbollah’s government must pay for their incompetence”- an idea being seeded by American Israeli commentators like Ben Shapiro, and by Israeli media like the Jerusalem Post. How convenient would it be for Israel if one of the world’s remaining Zionist governments were brought to its knees.
A particularly disturbing view into the genocidal Zionist mind comes courtesy of another Jerusalem Post piece.
Author Yaakov Katz writes:
Operation Density had been years in the making and was based on intelligence collected over a long time by the Mossad and Military Intelligence. What it included were the exact locations of close to 100 long-range Iranian artillery rockets, what were supposed to be Hezbollah’s secret weapon in a future war with Israel. Almost all of them were stored in the private homes of top Hezbollah operatives.
Some of the generals were against attacking the homes. The casualty toll, they warned, would be disproportionate, and that taking out so many targets would immediately escalate the conflict and lead Hezbollah to aggressively retaliate.
For Peretz, none of this made sense. If Israel knew where these advanced rockets were located, how could it wait? He approved the operation. “If someone goes to sleep with a rocket in their bedroom, they shouldn’t be surprised to wake up with a missile on their head,” he told the military officers.
Carried out in the early hours of July 13, The mission was a massive success, one of the few during a bloody war that would last 34 days and end with a state-appointed commission of inquiry. But that night, in the span of 34 minutes, dozens of F-15 and F-16 fighter jets bombed 90 targets with amazing precision. All of the sophisticated long-range rockets supplied by Iran and hidden by Hezbollah had been destroyed.
I was reminded of that mission and Peretz’s quip after watching the destruction in Beirut on Tuesday, reportedly caused by the explosion of 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate at the Port of Beirut.
At least 157 killed, more than 5,000 wounded, hundreds of thousands of homes destroyed – the Lebanese already suffering under the toll of a grave economic crisis and the continued spread of the coronavirus are now hurting even more. A terrible tragedy indeed.
But one can’t help but ask: What did Lebanon expect? What did the citizens of a country sadly known for years of civil war and internal strife think would happen, after they let their country be taken hostage by the terrorist Hezbollah organization?
The writing has long been on the wall, with Israeli leaders openly saying for years that such devastation was likely to happen in Lebanon. They weren’t talking about an explosion like at the port, but rather in the context of a future war where Hezbollah would instigate against Israel, and the IDF would have to retaliate with unprecedented force to stem the rocket fire that is expected to reach 1,500-2,000 missiles a day.
This would mean bombing the airport, the soccer fields, the port, private homes, office buildings, schools and more. Israel, of course, would take all steps to minimize collateral damage. But in a war anticipated one day against the Iranian-backed terrorist group, the constraints we usually see in Gaza operations would have to be lifted. With so many rockets hitting Israel – all across the country – the IDF will have no choice but to act with a ferocity never before seen.
The question for Israel now is can this unfortunate disaster be used to change the balance of power in Lebanon, and encourage/inspire the Lebanese people to turn against Hezbollah and remove it from power.
“The shot,” as it were- spelled out in plain text, admitted in the pages of Israel’s own Jerusalem Post.
This is one of the more honest explanations of Zionism: if you resist Israel’s will, your home, your work, and your child’s school will all be reduced to rubble. Your family- like the families of the 20,000 Lebanese killed in 1982 by Israel- will be massacred.
These are people are genocidal racial supremacists. Their perverse, self-serving morality justifies the slaughter of as many outsiders as necessary to expand their dominion.
Using their golem empire to starve a nation, displacing 300,000 people, and killing 160 innocent people? That’s nothing. All in a day’s work.