Beirut, before and after the explosion in pictures

I will dedicate this month’s posts to Beirut and it will be only photography. As I said it in my previous post, words are useless. This time they really are.

Thank you to all of you who sent me messages to ask about me. I can never be grateful enough. Please stay safe.

Beirut Lebanon Port - Containers And Cranes. Image shot 1995. Exact date unknown.
 Beirut Lebanon Port  before the explosion
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The three explosions
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Beirut port after the explosion
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aerial photo of the aftermath

 

27 thoughts on “Beirut, before and after the explosion in pictures”

      1. I really can’t like this comment now – it would feel sarcastic if I did. My entire town I live in has only 230 thousand, so that is my entire city plus a third more ! 😨 Unfathomable – even in Germany this would be a total disaster, but on top you have all your political troubles from within🤑 and without💣 the country plus corona🤕! 😢 I guess your nation is in such a desperate state now that the way forward seems to be a total renewal from scratch. Maybe some clever brains of you work out something. I wouldn’t be surprised if you were part of a revolutionary renewal think tank. 🤔

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      2. It is a disaster.. we have been trying for months to repair the political system but unlike (or like) any other political system, ours is made of conflicting mafias.. big ones… a part of one of them is in Berlin.. there is a whole German serie about it.

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      3. Yes, that’s why I looked to embed a short explanation-video on my donation-post so that people understand the complex dilemma your country is in.

        Now I have an ethical question for you: Do you think that such desperate times call for special measures like you sharing your apartment with others, or do you think that this does not make sense, because you only can help a couple of people anyway? I ask, because I sincerely do ask myself the same question: To which extend should we make an effort to help, and when does it start that we bend over too much?

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      4. No idea Thilo. We are receiving a lot of help for many countries and the German aid plane is in the air now. I thank u so much for your concern.

        In fact, each one of us is helping with what he or she can. Let’s wait and see.

        And plz all the donations you will collect should go through the UN or the GRC.

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      5. My question was more a general ethical one:

        I was curious whether you personally are willing right now to give your apartment to one or more people in need, because I was brainstrorming:

        What, if I would for example win the lottery and come to money – should I then feel obliged to give a lot to Lebanon, or should I rather ensure my own financial safety in the long run?

        One way to think about it is that politics caused the damage and therefore also politics should fix it, and the other train of thought is: If we all chip in as much as we can we can make a difference.

        What do you think ? >

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      6. 2 points: About you liking each comment for SEO-reasons: I searched about it but found no reason why this should make a difference. If at all, it may make a difference if your comments are liked, but even that is not sure to me. I guess what does count is how many people did like your articles.

        And another question, considering that Lebanon was formed by a french mandate, what do you make of Macron having gotten involved instantly in Lebanon’s aid ?

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      7. I just surfed around for an hour to get a picture on your political situation. Your president says that he knew about the stuff lying around, but had too much on his hands with all crises, he also said that the previous government knew from the start.

        I now wonder: How is the situation in Lebanon now? IS it, or is it NOT corrupt? I see such half-hearted semi-changes of one politician having been exchanged but overall the feeling stays that everything is still corrupt.

        Since they did a good job on corona, do you hope for them doing a good job in resuing your country ?

        I guess I ask all those questions most of us ignorant Westerners don’t know anything about. Also: Would you have any proposal of how to change that multi-religion-political-system for good? As I see it: Now there is a big void which apart from the tragedy also bears a big possibility of change (if you find the strength to do something beyond surviving).

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      8. The political class should be hung! We don’t trust them and we don’t want them. However, the process to rebuild the country on all levels will take time.
        Why are you so much interested in Lebanon? You know, westerners always amaze me: they want to help the whole world but they don’t help homeless people in their countries. They speak of human rights but in the ME and in Africa they did the opposite. They speak of being anti racist but deep inside they are. They speak of objectivity and fairness but they don’t dare criticize Israel for being the nazi avatar over here.
        All this amazes me!
        On the other hand, we like you guys and we look up on you but you never listen. This political class and the ones in other Arab countries were made up by westerners. And what makes us sad is that Europe is not independent from USA. It is sad!

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      9. I agree with everything you said. I had huge arguments with a friend here who tried to be the nice Israel-lover. The only reason why I still make remarks of a possible peace is because I know that behind all nations are people and in the end I hope for some kind of peace, but I can’t see how a peace with Israel is possible anymore. America makes it worse by paying them millions each year and the world allowing them to have nuclear weapons.

        Westerners in my eyes are hipocrites – after the negative reaction towards refugees I was so disappointed that I am just waiting for an opportunity to leave Germany. I mean not all were bad – maybe even most did support refugees, but too many were selfish for my liking. I recently reconnected with an old friend and whilst he got more and more intoxicated (diminishing his receptiveness for counter-arguments) he started to go into some kind of right rant repeating everything the right party and Trumpsters vomit out on the web.

        As far as I see it, the West exploited the entire world for centuries and now as the world gets smaller, the concequences spill over even to us in form of refugees, corona and global warming (all which still a lot of idiots deny). A few days ago I was pulled into socialising again by a simple mind and I thought that I probably should go out again after all that hybernating in self-quarantaine. The result was that I ended up in one of the most corona-risky places: a pub and on top in the evening inside. And that on top of drinking my health down. Let’s see in 2 weeks whether I was lucky. I really have to stop letting stupid people drag me down. I observed also how people in the pub were not concerned at all about Beirut – they are so selfish and ignorant and just want a “fun-party-time”. I think the same applies to everyone in the world.

        The worst is that when I was in other regions of the world I was tremendously disappointed that the people there were not an inch better than Westerners: All are idiots: Third worlders also throw any garbage into rivers, try to cheat each other and are racist in the same way. Sorry to say that but I think Western hippocricy is only obvious because they have the money – would any other nation have it it would be just the same.

        This is why I am so hooked on spirituality – I seriously think that there is no other way out amongst our human species which I consider to be demons (in our current Kali Yuga), than ascending spiritually. In case you see it different: Feel free to tell me where I can move in the world and I will go there as soon as the opportunity pops up.

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      10. You know, I think the reason why Westerners want to save the world is because they subconsciously know that their entire wealth is a result of decades, if not centuries of exploitation of the rest of the world, so I think that the ore aware people quite genuinely want to give something back (like me donating my course to Beirut).

        One thing I learned though by now is that I know nothing about the complexity of your political systems and won’t even attempt to suggest solutions (except if I have a vision of something I from my end can contribute).

        I think you would do us all a favour to write an article explaining to us dumbsters in the West what exactly the problem in Lebanon is and what kind of solution you would suggest. Which party? Secularism?, etc… There are plenty of Wikipedia articles out there to support such an article and also short videos on youtube. Right now the world is interested and will listen to you. Cease that moment!

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      11. I thought of it but it is way too complicated to explain. What the rest of the world see on the media is like 10%. I will try to do it but not now. I am still trying to process what happened.

        Regarding the westerners, we learned a lot from you. And I understand your complex of superiority because you worked (and still do) hard to achieve what you have achieved. But some actions from you disappointed us. Some people over here in the ME think of you as colonialists and that’s it.

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      12. I fully can relate to that – and can’t blame anyone, because historically they are right. Somehow I think it would be poetic justice if the entire West would either crumble or if things turn out to be more positive, create solutions which may rescue the rest of the world (from coronavirus and environmental disaster). But at the moment the biggest assholes in all countries still seem to take greedily what they can and leave the footwork up to ‘useful idiots’ to pull the chestnuts out of the fire for all of us.

        Some days I dream of finding a more environment friendly energy form, on other days I realise that humankind always would abuse any invention for their evil greed anyway, so I leave it up to the divine to either inspire me with a blissful idea – maybe in a total different field than I imagine (like I also used to be a musician once for example). I take it as it is given to me. Ironically I am probably more powerless in my wealthy country as you (who probably has a better social status than me) are in smashed Lebanon.

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      13. Totally agree with what you are seeing but Germany is a great country. To us you are heroes. The way you rebuilt this country, the way you got over so many issues, the seriousness that you are in etc.. all this is admirable. I didn’t find this in other countries I visited. If your situation over there is bad, you can still work it out.

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      14. Overall, I appreciate that the explosion-trauma seems to have you kicked out of your usual diplomacy into speaking your heart. This strengthens authenticity.

        There also is another aspect to what you said about Westerners wanting to help the whole world whilst not helping the homeless in their own country, but I wait until adressing that until you did respond to my last comment. Else a mass of frantic thoughts blur out each other.

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  1. You know, I just heared from an explosive specialist that this Amonium Nitrate is a very slow explosive (compared to other explosives).
    This means that it exploded from the bottom up, blowing much more explosive poweder up into the air (which did not explode instantly).
    That is the reason why you supposedly see some kind of pink “aura” around the explosive mushroom or flames.
    And that means, that the explosion – if the explosive would have been faster to react – would have been even more severe.
    Hence this is one tiny bit of at least “not all bad news”.
    Also I think that building which still remained standing partially took a lot of the blow, plus a lot went into the ground and into the sea. All those factors neglected, the damage probably could have been twice as brutal.

    In empathy today my cheap sparkling water carbonator exploded right in front of my face,
    and I was so lucky that I did it on the window and it flew right out (instead of into my face).

    I just want to point out some aspects which could have been worse so that we can be grateful – also you, that you weren’t present at the time.
    Those are lessons in humbleness.

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