REALPOLITIK: ‘The Angry Arab’, The Blast (and the Failed System) That Shook Lebanon – By As`ad AbuKhalil


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“…At the time of the blast, Lebanon was suffering from the collapse of its currency and the the loss of people’s savings (and even checking accounts) in Lebanese banks. And then the coronavirus hit, followed by the massive explosion that killed at least 200 and 6000 injured…Now what is the relationship of this archaic system to the blast in Beirut? The answer is simply this: it is at the root of the corruption that explains the incompetence and mismanagement of the Lebanese state”

The key question after the Aug. 4 explosion in Beirut revolves around the role of the Lebanese Army command, which is the sole authority with direct control over the security and safety of the port, and its surroundings.

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