By Dimitris Konstantakopoulos
Aug. 8, 2020
Nobody can be certain of the true reasons behind the Beirut explosion, whether it was an accident or an act of sabotage. As was the case with the 9/11 attacks and on many other occasions, a lot of irrational conspiracy theories are circulating in the aftermath. In the case of the 9/11 attacks, the proliferation of these conspiracies contributed not to the investigation of the official narrative, but rather to make all debate irrelevant. The main question should have been how it is possible that the American state, having a plethora of information about the coming attacks, failed to take any serious measures to avert the catastrophe. We witnessed the same scenario recently with coronavirus, where all sorts of paranoid ideas have been disseminated. We have thus discussed everything, including mad ideas about “non existent” viruses, but avoided the two main questions: 1. The change in our relationship to nature and what we should do to avert future catastrophes, 2. What should be done with all the biotechnology labs working on producing such monstrous viruses. Confusion is one of the main weapons of the dominant Empire of Finance.
If we have only hypotheses to work with regarding what happened in Beirut, we can on the contrary speak with certainty about the geopolitical context in which this explosion took place and about the probable beneficiaries of it.
The explosion took place in a period when every week a serious warning came from Mr. Netanyahu regarding his strong desire to provoke a war with Iran, before the US elections and the possible departure of Mr. Trump (look for example the New York Times). But for Israel to be on the safe side, in the event of such a war, Hezbollah and Iranian forces in Syria must be neutralized beforehand.
The Beirut explosion has dealt a terrible blow to Lebanon and threatens its economic survival and political equilibrium which came from the end of the civil war. Most probably, outside forces will try to use the occasion to try to sever relations between Hezbollah and the other political forces in the country. The global politico-military potential of Hezbollah is greatly weakened as a result of the new crisis.