More than one hundred people were killed, more than 4000 injured, a whole town laid in ruins, 200 000 homeless. And this on top of the coronapandemien and economic collapse. Lebanon is the country that seems to be forgotten by god, either he is muslim or christian. Can it get worse?
in the Midst of the misery there actually is a glimmer of hope. For now utenverdenen begun to interest themselves for the disastrous situation in the country.Pointed out that "bombeskip"
It did not long time before the promises of help reached Beirut from all sides of the world. France, the united Kingdom and Saudi Arabia were the first countries that signed up. Then came Iran, Qatar, the united STATES, Russia, Norway and a few others. Now, it is clear that Israel will also help with medical, humanitarian and emergency aid via foreign intermediaries. Qatar has already started the job with to send field hospital, to a country where the health care system had already collapsed before 2700 tonnes ammoniumnitrat went in the air at the docks in Beirut late Tuesday afternoon. France follows up, as does Russia.
While the IMF, The international monetary fund, has denied Lebanon new loans and the situation in the country has deteriorated day by day, opens up now possibilities that something positive can happen, both the political, humanitarian and economic. And not only that, the disaster might also have been the first step toward reconciliation, both in Lebanon and in the middle East in general.
Saudi Arabia and Iran both have the interests of the hegemony in Lebanon. Shiite Iran has strong influence through the party and militia Hezbollah, sunnimuslimske Saudi Arabia has traditionally supported the sunni muslims, which also has gotten many christians to good. But the saudis have refused to give any more help because of hezbollah's influence and power in Lebanon. For it is sjiamuslimene which is the largest folkegruppa in the religiously divided country in the eastern Mediterranean.
When the international dugnaden for Lebanon now put in the time, Iran and Saudi Arabia on one or another ways to work together. It can lessen the political tension that has only increased in pace with the economic and humanitarian crisis. When now the israelis also say they want to help, there is a new factor; to the authorities in Jerusalem for once be on to build up and not just tear down? In a situation where the israelis have improved its goodwill in the countries of The arabian peninsula, it might also be easier for them to get a foot in when Beirut hopefully will rise up from the ruins.
But what happens now, applies not only to Lebanon. Neighbouring Syria is in war, both internally and with the maktsjuke designees. Iran and Saudi Arabia support each side, Israel using the fight against Hezbollah as an excuse to drop bombs over syrian territory. Russia and China stand on the syrian dictator Bashar Assad his side, the west has supported the syrian rebels which now is completely broken. U.s. president Donald Trump will have the americans out of Syria, but retains a certain grip, due to syria's oil fields, but not the least, in order to keep the conflict with Iran warm. And then we have Turkey playing its own game in the North of Syria, both for political, economic and military influence, but also to combat the kurdish YPG militia, which collaborates with the Turkish rebel PKK.
so Far, all attempts at peace talks about syria's future fell in the fish, and the parties still have their game whether it borgerkrigsherjede the country. Now is it, perhaps, is the possibility that some may start to talk together.
Disasters often has a tendency to bring enemies together and create dialogue. Lebanese authorities have now is the golden opportunity to show that they not only bicker and oppose each other. The more they are together, the easier it will be to get coordinated the international nødhjelpen.
As Beirut exploded was terror the first word that came on many people's lips. One version was that it was a våpenlager from Hezbollah that had passed in the air, another pointed towards this coming Friday when the verdict against the people who were behind the killing of the Sides of lebanon, prime minister Rafiq Hariri in 2005, after all, to judge drops. Now suggests, however, that it was a kjempelager with ammoniumnitrat that went in the air.
Had terror struck, would Lebanon stood in front of a dangerous political and military situation. Now directed charges against those who have not removed the stock that has been on the dock since 2014. Here it must be worked heavily. But this is not the time to correct accusations against each other, must now nødhjelpsarbeidet get started.
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