August 2020

Lebanon in Trouble

Once again, catastrophe comes to Lebanon–2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate left in Beirut’s port exploded killing over 200 people injuring some 6,000, and made 300,000 people homeless.

Increasingly many in Lebanon are blaming the explosion on the terrorist organization Hezbollah.  Hezbollah controls Beirut’s port and airport.  Why did Hezbollah allow explosive material to remain so long at the Port? No one knows for sure.  Remember, Hezbollah has a full-bodied relationship with Iran; both Hezbollah and Iran are Shia Muslims. 

Lebanon is made up of a complicated patchwork of religious groups (18 religious groups total, including a small Jewish population). Beirut’s port and airport is completely controlled by Hezbollah.  Hezbollah smuggles arms from Iran through the port of Beirut. Beirut’s port and airport is fully controlled by Hezbollah.  Hezbollah did not blow up the ammonium nitrate; either it was careless management of the explosive, or possibly Israel was involved (for now, that is speculation). 

Lebanese President Michel Aoun asserted last week, “There are two possibilities for what happened. Either it was a result of negligence, or external interference by a missile or a bomb,”said Aoun in a statement posted to Twitter.  Note, that here has been an outbreak of confrontations between Israel and Hezbollah as of the past few months, also we have seen a succession of fires and explosions at sensitive military sites in Iran.

Israel days earlier moved to reject any involvement in the human devastation, with Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi telling Israeli N12 television the blast was most likely an accident.  A US military explosives specialist who has worked closely with the Lebanese army told press sources on condition of anonymity that according to his connections among the Lebanese armed forces, the explosion was an “act of sabotage” against the hangar, which was holding not only ammonium nitrate, but also short-range missiles, presumably confiscated.

Some Lebanese defense analysts believe Israel did likely carry out the attack, but did not anticipate damage of this scale.

In the future, Lebanon will be involved with other Arab nations in a drive to destroy Israel. Read Psalm 83: 4,6-8–The prophecy reads, in part, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation; let the name of Israel be remembered no more…The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab and the Hagrites; Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assyria also has joined with them; they have helped the children of Lot” Lebanon (Gebal) and Tyre play a prominent role in Psalm 83. Gebal was an important Phoenician port city “between Sidon and Arvad (see Josh. 13:5; 1 Kin. 5:18). It was called Byblos by the Greeks and Romans, and Gubla by the Assyrians and Babylonians.” The Phoenician city is today known as Jbail or Jubayl in Lebanon, 25 miles north of Beirut.

We hope to gain greater clarity regarding what occurred at the port city of Beirut.

-–Steven LeBlanc

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