Lebanon Demands Change after the Explosion—and the U.S. Should Help

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09/04/2020

Some weeks ago, a great but far from unpredictable tragedy  befell Lebanon. The best explanation currently available for the Beirut blast that killed at least 190, wounded thousands and threatens to crush Lebanon economically, is that the country’s incompetent and corrupt government allowed 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate to sit in the heart of the city’s port, “without safety precautions,” for years, after seizing it from a ship effectively owned by a Russian businessman.

One could be forgiven for being concerned about the potential connection between this massive stockpile of highly explosive material and Hezbollah, the terrorist organization which through its allies and brutal tactics effectively controls Lebanon. After all, in recent years Hezbollah has been caught storing ammonium nitrate in Germany, theUnited Kingdom and Cyprus—ostensibly (perhaps obviously) for use in terror attacks. Moreover, after the blast Israel’s Channel 13 reported that “Hezbollah apparently planned to use the ammonium nitrate stockpile… against Israel in a “Third Lebanon War,” and we’ve also since learned that Iran had sent 670 tons of the material to Hezbollah in 2013.

While there is an ongoing investigation into the blast, in the end, it doesn’t take an investigation to determine who is ultimately responsible for the long and taxing tragedy Lebanon has endured.

Years of malfeasance, corruption and confrontations with Israel on Iran’s behalf have made clear that Lebanon’s leaders, more correctly identified as Hezbollah and its allies, are uninterested in the welfare of the Lebanese people.

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