Here we go again. As an anarchist I am always repulsed at the quick reactions of government military dictatorships worldwide. Within hours of the Beirut explosion, that transpired on August 4, 2020, the Lebanese government declared a two weeks state of emergency.
This is the official statement quoted verbatim from the Supreme Defense Council of Lebanon, posted on the President of Lebanon’s official website:
A committee was entrusted to investigate the causes of the explosion disaster and raise the results of its work within a maximum period of 5 days, in addition to working to help citizens and securing accommodation for those who lost their houses. The President stressed the need to investigate what happened and hold everyone responsible, and decided to release the extraordinary budget appropriation to face the disaster. Prime Minister Diab declared national mourning and total closure for three days: “I will not rest until I find who is responsible for what happened and hold him accountable”.
The Supreme Defense Council, in a special session held at the Presidential Palace, chaired by President Michel Aoun, decided to declare Beirut as a disaster city, and to declare a state of emergency for a period of two weeks from the date of 4/8/2020, and assigned a commission of inquiry to the reasons that led to the explosion disaster that occurred in the port of Beirut and raise the result of its work to the competent judicial references within a maximum period of 5 days, from date, provided that maximum penalties are applied against the responsible.The Council decided to provide the necessary assistance to the hospital sector, and to instruct the Higher Relief Commission to conduct a survey of the damage and to provide shelter for the families whose homes were damaged.During the session, President Aoun stressed the need to care for the affected citizens, and to conduct investigations, holding those responsible for what happened.
The President also reported receiving a series of contacts from Kings and heads of Arab and foreign countries who expressed their solidarity with Lebanon and their desire to provide necessary assistance. Moreover, the President decided to release the extraordinary appropriation in the 2020 budget of 100 Billion Lebanese Pounds, which is devoted to exceptional and emergency circumstances.For his part, Prime Minister Dr. Hassan Diab affirmed that he won’t rest until finding the person responsible for what happened, holding him accountable and inflicting the most severe penalties, “Because it is unacceptable that a shipment of Ammonium estimated at 2750 tins, existed for six years in a warehouse, without any preventive measures”.
The defense meeting was held at 9:30pm, and attended by: Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, Deputy Prime Minister, National Defense Minister, Zeina Akar, Foreign and Emigrants Minister, Charbel Wehbe, Interior and Municipalities Minister, Mohammed Fahmy, Finance Minister, Ghazi Wazny, Economy and Trade Minister, Raoul Nehme, Public Works and Transportation Minister, Michel Najjar, Army Commander, General Joseph Aoun, General Director of General Security, Major General Abbas Ibrahim, Director General of Internal Security Forces, Major General Imad Othman, General Director of State Security, Major General Tony Saliba, Secretary General of the Higher Defense Council, Major General Mahmoud Al-Asmar, Cassation Attorney General, Judge Ghassan Ouweidat, Governmental Deputy Commissioner to the Military Court, Judge Fady Akiki, Beirut Governor, Marwan Abboud, Chairman of the Supreme Council of Customs, Brigadier Assaad Toufaili, Customs Director General, Badri Daher, Beirut Port Chairman, Hassan Kraytem, Director General of Civil Defense, Brigadier Raymond Khattar, Director of Army Intelligence, General Antoine Mansour, Director of the Information Branch in the General Directorate of General Security, Brigadier Manh Sawaya, Head of ISF Information Branch, Brigadier Khaled Hammoud, Assistant Director General of State Security, Brigadier Samir Sannan, Director General of the Lebanese Presidency, Dr. Antoine Choucair, and the President’s Security and Military Adviser, Brigadier Paul Matar.Statement:After the meeting, Major General Al-Asmar read the following statement:“At the invitation of His Excellency, General Michel Aoun, the Supreme Defense Council convened in an emergency meeting devoted to discuss the huge explosion that occurred in the Port of Beirut, this afternoon.
The meeting was attended by: Prime Minister, National Defense Minister, Interior Minister, Finance Minister, Foreign Affairs Minister, Economy and Trade Minister, Public Works Minister, Cassation Attorney General, Leaders of Security and Military services and intelligence apparatuses, Director General of the Presidency, Secretary General of the Supreme Defense Council, head of the Supreme Council of Customs, Director General of Customs, Assistant Commissioner of the Government to the Military Court, Beirut Governor, Chairman of the Beirut Port, Secretary General of the Higher Relief Commission, Director General of Civil Defense, and the Security and Military Adviser of His Excellency the President.At the beginning, His Excellency asked to stand for a minute of silence in mourning martyrs of the huge explosion, offered his condolences for families, and wished speedy recovery for the wounded, indicating that a major catastrophe occurred in Lebanon, and preliminary information states a large number of martyrs and wounded.“The purpose of this meeting is to take necessary judicial and security measures, assist citizens, treat patients and preserve public property” the President added pointing to the necessity of investigating what happened and determining responsibilities, especially since security reports stated that there were flammable and explosive materials in the warehouse where the disaster took place.
His Excellency, the President, said that several contacts were received from the Presidents and Kings of Arab and foreign countries to express solidarity with Lebanon in this emerging ordeal, and to provide urgent assistance in various fields.Then, the Prime Minister condoled martyrs, and wished the wounded a speedy recovery, calling for the formation of an investigation committee to issue results of its investigations within a maximum of 5 days, and to determine responsibilities.“I, as Prime Minister, will not rest until we find the person responsible for what happened and hold him accountable and impose the most severe penalties because it is unacceptable that a shipment of Ammonium, estimated around 2750 tons, be present for 6 years in a warehouse, without taking preventive measures, in addition to endangering the safety of the people and the population and this is something that cannot be tolerated” PM Diab said. The Prime Minister also stressed the necessity of declaring a state of emergency in Beirut, for a renewable period of two weeks.
After deliberation and discussion of reports prepared by competent agencies on the disaster, the Supreme Defense Council decided to submit the following recommendations to the Council of Ministers:1- Declaring Beirut a disaster city.2- According to Article 3 of the Defense Law No. 102 and Articles 1, 2, 3, and 4 of Legislative Decree No. 52, dated 5/8/1968, declaring a state of emergency in the city of Beirut for two weeks, that is from 4/8/2020 until 18/8/2020. The competent authorities exercise the powers stipulated in Legislative Decree No. 52/1968 and, according to Article 3 of the Decree, the Supreme Military Authority shall immediately assume the authority to maintain security and place all armed forces at its disposal, including the Internal Security Forces, General Security, State Security, Customs, armed forces in ports, airport and in armed guard units, including firefighters. These forces perform their basic duties in accordance with their own laws and under the command of the Supreme Military Command.
The Supreme Military Authority also chooses by decision of some elements from the mentioned forces to assign them to special tasks and missions related to security operations, guarding sensitive points and rescue operations.3- Assigning an investigation committee, to uncover the reasons that led to the occurrence of this disaster, provided that the results of the investigations are submitted to the competent judicial authorities within a maximum period of 5 days from its date, provided that the maximum levels of sanctions are taken against the responsible.4- Allocating funds for hospitals to cover the expenses of the wounded.5- Paying necessary compensation to martyrs’ families.6- Supplying wheat quantities, after the damage inflicted on stored quantities in the warehouses.7- Providing the Port of Tripoli to secure commercial operations from import and export.8- Forming a crisis cell to monitor the repercussions of this disaster at all levels.9- Restricting the sale of flour to ovens.10- Instructing the Higher Relief Commission to survey the damage in coordination with the Lebanese Army.11- Contacting all countries and their embassies to secure the necessary aid and donations and establishing special funds for this purpose.12- Instructing the Higher Relief Commission to secure shelter for families whose houses are no longer suitable for living, and to contact the Education Ministry to open schools to receive these families.13- Establishing a mechanism for importing glass and controlling the prices of materials that are used to repair damages. His Excellency, the President of the Republic decided to release the exceptional accreditation stipulated in Article 85 of the Constitution and the 2020 year budget, which amounts to 100 Billion Lebanese Pounds and is allocated to exceptional and urgent circumstances.The Prime Minister also declared national mourning and lockdown for three days.
This gives the Lebanese military full control of Beirut, which is the capitol of Lebanon. Most if not all nation states with a formal government and military are really just out right military dictatorships in disguise. However, giving overt control of an area inhabited by humans to me is extreme cause for concern.
According to an official statement read out loud by Lebanon’s information minister, the Lebanese military will be allowed to arrest anyone they deem associated with the storage of the alleged 2700 tons of ammonium nitrate, that they claim caused this massive blast. This is ripe for abuse against Lebanese people. These arrests are claimed as just “house” arrests.
This ammonium nitrate was allegedly stored at a facility near the downtown district of Beirut. Why the fuck did this government military dictatorship even allow the storage of this type of material that close to human beings. I do not necessarily believe in the first two official narratives.
First it was claimed that this was just a fireworks blast, no pun intended. Then the second narrative was that it was ammonium nitrate that caused an entire area to become wiped out causing over 100 deaths and 4000 injuries as of this blog post creation. When I first began watching videos of this blast, I immediately thought it was some type of nuclear blast.
There are quite a few Lebanese people with this same viewpoint. However, the official narrative remains that of ammonium nitrate blast. There is no doubt in the many videos, I watched that yes indeed possibly some fireworks did ignite or were those some kind of shaped charges ignitions?
I clearly saw smaller flashes of ignitions or blasts. However, there was a first blast that created a large white grey cloud. Then there was a huge white ring that surrounded a huge blast that resulted in a more colorful cloud, no pun intended.
There is communication on the Internet of the possibility of this being a nuclear blast. Also, there is one photo I looked at that clearly showed a possible bomb or device dropped right before the massive second blast. When viewing over head satellite photos of the blast area, this Beirut port was completely destroyed.
It was not like a handful of warehouse buildings were destroyed. No, possibly hundreds ofoutlying buildings were completely wiped out. Beirut’s industrial water front port was completely destroyed.
Even nearby large buildings were damaged. Ammonium Nitrate is a nitrogen fertilizer. You must remember that the 1995 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Alfred P Murrah bombing was blamed on you guessed it an ammonium nitrate nitrogen fertilizer bomb.
I was not present in Beirut, Lebanon on August 4, 2020 to observe these blast(s) with my own senses. I was not present to observe, witness, experience this event, so I do not know what exactly occurred. However, I am suspicious of the first two narritives given as official explanations.
The second blast had a shockwave and large mushroom cloud similar to a nuclear blast. Here are quotations from real people discussing this on Twitter. WARNING, I guess now I will be hated for posting comments from what I consider possible real people and not controlled opposition, emmissary, cointelpro, agents, etc.
You would think it was a tactical nuclear warhead the way it went off, terrifying.
I was thinking exactly the same thing. It happens to be firecrackers. Perhaps 0.1 to 0.2 kilotons!
You never heard of tactical nuclear weapons. Or even handheld nuclear weapons? You should. There are thousands in stockpiles across the globe.
It wasn’t the mushroom what made me think “nuclear”. It was the shockwave.
Almost looks nuclear.
My god what is this. No one can imagine or think such a big explsion like nuclear bomb.
So they say fireworks…. yeah fvcking right…
Was that a nuclear power plant?? That was no normal explosion.
Oh my God the big white building that’s right next to the fire, it’s completely obliterated.
You can see the shockwave ripping up buildings in its wake. Terrifying.
That looked nuclear.
It looks like all the nearby buildings got completely devastated…
Probably munitions / bombs. You can see small explosions in the fire, probably smaller munitions going off. Nothing else on earth explodes like that. :[ Reminds me of the explosion in china a couple years ago, which was also military munitions.
Dude it was so scary how close the building you were in was to the bomb cause that could’ve fallen down.
Holy shit that looks catastrophic.
All of those a fore mentioned verbatim quotations came from this Twitter post pertaining to this Beirut explosion cause. This is just one post out on the Internet discussing this Beirut explosion cause and yet you have multiple assertions from what I consider real people potentially, claiming that it seemed like a nuclear blast not fireworks and not an ammonium nitrate nitrogen fertilizer blast. Obviously, not all of those a fore mentioned comments mentioned a nuclear blast.
However, I wanted to include other quotations that questioned or contradicted the two official narratives of fireworks or an ammonium nitrate nitrogen fertilizer blast. Also, not to censor, I did not include the real names of those that commented. You can certainly verify on your own those quotations true origins.
Often times I do not link to social media posts because you are living a continued censorship society where any deviation and or variation of reality compared to “official” narratives is quickly scrubbed. However, hopefully this Twitter post remains for your verification purposes. As a blogger it can be a real pain in the fucking ass to have to run a dead link scan on your blog posts, in order to remove any non working links.
Anyways, this Beirut explosion cause sure has received quite a bit of attention on the Internet, as it should be receiving.