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Explosion in Beirut
Das Narrativ, die 2.: Die Explosion allein reicht nicht, da muss mehr Dramatik her!

Lebanon sees record-high coronavirus cases and deaths

Health officials warn the chaos caused by enormous deadly explosion in Beirut risks accelerating spread of COVID-19.
Das Narrativ, die 3.: La France baise aime le Liban!!1!

Macron Lectures Lebanon: The Condescending Politics of Aid


In the case of Lebanon, aid from a power like France comes with historical strings, marked by coatings of nostalgia and condescension.  Memories of the French mandate from the 1920s are so strong in some circles that a petition is throbbing with signatures for a return to some form of control from Paris.  It stresses, first and foremost, the incompetence of local leadership.  “Lebanon’s officials have clearly shown a total inability to secure and manage the country.  With a failing system, corruption, terrorism and militia the country just reached it’s [sic] last breath.”  Then comes the vision: “We believe Lebanon should go back under the French mandate in order to establish clean and durable governance.”  To date, the measure has received 61,433 signatures.

The petitioner’s creator Cyrille claimed to be “under no illusion” of achieving success in pursuing the matter.  He admitted that France had its own lot of problems; he merely wished to “show the extent of the [Lebanese people’s] despair.”  Not even a revolution would dislodge the “hegemony of the political class that has been there for 40 years.”

The donors have accompanied willingness to supply assistance with conditions to implement.  The International Monetary Fund, true to form, promises outlays, provided that institutional reforms are made.  These included the traditional demands: solvency in public finances; proved soundness of the financial system; restrictions on capital outflows.  The IMF, in a sense, has been handed a boon by the blast: prior to the calamity, debt default talks with Beirut had stalled.

Macron, as the leader of the donor pack, was even more forthright.  “The Lebanese authorities,” he told summit attendees on August 9, “must now implement the political and economic reforms demanded by the Lebanese people.”  His laundry list of intrusive measures was extensive: reforms of the energy sector, public procurement and those designed to battle corruption.  “An audit of the central bank and the financial sector should be conducted.”

When a foreign head of state proclaims the sovereign merits of another people, care should be taken.  A catch is around the corner.  “The Lebanese are a free, proud and sovereign people,” Macron went on to explain.  “It is up to the country’s authorities to act so that the country does not go under and to meet the aspirations legitimately expressed by the Lebanese people in the streets of Beirut at this very moment.”

On the French president’s visit to Beirut on August 6, the spirit of the colonial administrator was on full, puffy display.  To those protesting for the release of Lebanese militant George Ibrahim Abdallah, in French prison since 1984, he offered a vague “political pact”.  Macron promised support to local NGOs and 15 million Euros for French-language schools.  But in doing so, he was very clear to stress the loss of confidence between the governed and the governing power.  Lebanon needed “fundamental change”, to be achieved within an international framework.

As if realising his lecturing mode, he issued a qualification.  “It is not up to me or to France to tell Lebanese leaders what they have to do and how they should do it.”  But in matters of aid, it most certainly seems to be.  He awaits “clear answers” before returning on September 1.  One of those answers has certainly been offered: the wholesale resignation of the Diab government.
Der französische Journalist Thierry Meyssan gibt Israel die Schuld an der Explosion. Er behaupet, Israel habe vor 7 Monaten eine ähnliche Waffe in Syrien eingesetzt.

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