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Pushback with Aaron Maté The catastrophic explosion in Beirut followed years of ignored warnings by government officials about the ammonium nitrate stored at the port. Lecturer and activist Rania Masri says that the disaster is the product of a corrupt, sectarian political system maintained by foreign powers. Guest: Rania Masri, lecturer and activist. Twitter: @rania_masri Facebook: facebook.com/rania.masri
Regarding this episode of The Grayzone and its main guest (both of whom we respect), the following comments from the main thread seem to apply. (Despite the evidence pointing to Lebanon's inbred corruption and sectarian idiocies, we don't think that Israel's or America's hands are entirely clean in this affair, they rarely are).
It's obviously correct to criticise the government for leaving the Ammonium Nitrate there. But it's too early to rule out sabotage, especially given the considerable positive developments for the US/Saudi/Israel axis, including weakening Hezbollah's ability to support Syria, both in terms of redeployed forces in Lebanon and lowered public support. Even so the rest of the commentary is excellent and insightful. More great work from Grayzone.
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