Trump Insists Without Evidence the Destruction of Beirut Was Not an Accident
We begin with Trump insisting that the explosion which devastated much of Beirut was not an accident but a bombing, citing his generals as having told him so although neither Trump nor the generals have presented any evidence. With France’s President Macron visiting the destroyed port area today where he was mobbed by local citizens angrily shouting “revolution, revolution”, we look into some of the theories suggesting there were other causes aside from the widely accepted explanation that a combination of incompetence and negligence caused the explosion. Lebanon-based journalist Thanassis Cambanis who writes “The Internationalist” column for The Boston Globe and is a contributor to Foreign Policy and the author of A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah’s Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel, joins us. We discuss rumors of an Israeli jet bombing the warehouse allegedly full of Hezbollah’s arms and the difficulty of igniting Ammonium Nitrate with fireworks and not a high explosive, as well as the possibility that the reason the 2750 tons of Ammonium Nitrate sat in the warehouse for six years was that the warlords who run Lebanon were haggling over who gets to sell it on the blackmarket.
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