Beirut, the aftermath I

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I don’t know the author of these beautiful words but what they say is very accurate. This is the Beirut experience!

Almost 300000 homeless families, 200 dead, many missing (we don’t know their exact number), 5000 injured. I tried to sum up the effect of the stories in the pictures below.

Photography by @dvjkaa

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What’s left of the Beirut port and the grain containers, the silos. 
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What used to be fancy buildings with a great view on the sea
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Looks like a tomb with red flowers on it!
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somewhere, old buildings endangered of collapsing
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The Forum of Beirut where exhibitions and concerts used to be held

30 thoughts on “Beirut, the aftermath I”

      1. I don’t understand – you just did reblog my Buddhist article.
        Why not a fundraiser for your country (which includes explanations of your political situation) ?

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      2. That’s the sad joke: The more you meditate the less sharp you get. It seems like one has to sacrifice ones wittiness in order to get wise. I think it’s like the Heisenberg-uncertainty-principle: The closer you get to an atom you either can determine its exact place or its mass, but never both at the same time.

        And since we are at it: I think that this in the long run could be your greatest obstacle to overcome on the way to enlightenement: Having to let go your ability to speak multiple languages, your knowledge about philosophy and your horsy youthful energy. Take it from an older horse: The earlier you start to voluntarily detach from those identifiers, the less you have to learn it through physical decline and old age. VERY difficult for us to let this ego-booster go, because for us it seems to be the essence of the joy of life.

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      3. Interesting! I didn’t know that. However, in the end he still became mad – that’s the tragedy of life – we seem not be able to avoid degradation of our intellect.

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  1. Such is the result of negligence mixed with corruption.
    It is tragic that the ones who caused it may not be evolved enough to see the damage they caused even now when they are sitting in the midst of it.
    The same applies to each destruction from wars to environmentally damages.
    The horizon of small minds ends with their wallets.

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  2. What I like is that I read in Wikipedia:
    “A large number of countries collectively pledged approximately US$300 million in aid. The money was not to be given to the Lebanese government, but rather to the people of Lebanon through the United Nations, other international organizations, and non-governmental organizations.”
    It seems that even the mainstream-governments by now got it that yours is corrupt.

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  3. Also an interesting comment in a forum: If nothing works with the corrupt government may be the UNO could temporarily take over everything until a new structure is in place. But then again I don’t know anything whether such a thing could be done. (I just repeat what I read, because desparate times call for desparete measures.)

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  4. I wish that someone like you would explain how exactly you found out that your government is corrupt,
    meaning where exactly they took money from.
    Is there not a single politician amongst them who repents and wants to do better ?

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    1. Thilo I really appreciate your concern and your help but your questions require long and complicated answers. As much as I am trying to answer you all the time, I really can’t dig deeper in your questions. No time and no energy, and plz forgive me for this..

      To put it simply, each one of us is like a secret service. We all have infos and things blew more with internet and social media..

      Thank you Thilo again for everything!

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      1. Ok, I full understand and apprecciate what you say – I also can relate to how complex the multi-layers between religious, political and ethical agendas are. So I don’t expect any further explanation from you.

        One aspect, however, I do see missing is a clear forum or page which does collect ALL facts instead of emotional gossiping.
        (Maybe there is some arabic facebook page somewhere).
        A mere all-over-blame without clear arguments seems just to fuel violent protests
        whilst a concise collection of facts would serve as amunition to persecute individuals even after they just walked away. If done well it even could help other governments like Macron to understand and do something about it.

        The main problem I anticipate, is that such a page instantly will be overrun by outraged emotional comments so it had to be moderated heavily to only collect facts.
        Yes, it would be a near fulltime job but still better than the random photos from daily bloggers,
        and it does not have to be done by one person, but can be done by a team.
        As a German I propose: Focus and bundle the energy of the protests (on the main platform and in the main language of your country).

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      2. Don’t feel obliged to reply – I just sum up my findings here,to understand it a bit better. I just read: 📍Lebanon’s 🇱🇧 problem is confined to three main points: 1️⃣ First is the “muhasasa” or the quota system, meaning the division of power. 2️⃣Second is the electoral system based on sectarian loyalty. 3️⃣Third is the independence of the Judiciary. Therefore, comprehensive change is imperative to end the quota system and change the electoral system to be based on programs, promises and accountability. Finally, the impartially elected authority legislates a law that guarantees Judicial independence

        Some even suggested to divide the country and I am not even certain anymore whether this would be a solution.

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  5. Continuing my own inner brainstorm-ramblings …
    The additional confusion is that you people in Lebanon are so entangled in many axes that this does create the same effect even the Romans used when “divide et impera” (dividing and conquering).
    Let’s take the Israel issue as an example: That takes up so much of your attention that you are torn apart in between voting for or against Hezbollah, so in the end the war-lords can play their games and suck all energy out of your country.

    And one third aspect:
    If there is a widespread continuing phenomenon, I tend to believe that both sides are responsible for that problem, meaning:
    1. The fish rots from the head down, so everyone in politics seems to have been corrupt in one way or another, despite Hassan Diab claiming what usually the population does that “they” formed a deep state, he also seems not to have been capable to dissolve it and would have continued without the explosion.
    And the next point is a sensitive subject and I might offend you, but sorry, I just am addressing the unspoken elefant in the room
    2. But also the Lebanese people seem to be part of this. If you see a situation in which a man for years abused his wife at one point you have to ask yourself whether the wife did not contribute to the situation by staying in the situation (or probably worse, through passive-aggression). It always takes two, so I wonder where the mindset of the Lebanese people is not sincere enough to have allowed to be abused for decades.
    Now you can say that Westerners did it all to Lebanon, and I am the first to admit that,
    but I also have seen quite a few Indians who still blame Britain for having destroyed their country half a century ago. Meanwhile Germans build up their country again longtime. Having said that, I am well aware that the evil West does purposely destabilise your region for their own benefit.
    All I am saying is that with a clear common focus your chosen leaders could oppose Western indoctrinations.

    ~end of brainstorm ~

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    1. I told you in a previous comment that no one is innocent over here. Yes people are responsible for their choices, because we are still a democratic country and we have free elections. Therefore, you are right to say that we have been allies to politicians. And this was (and still) possible because of bribes and money. For instance, I have always voted for independent people and not the political parties we have now. Guess what? None of the ones I voted for made their way to the parliament because of the lack of voices they got in elections. However, they have been down the streets striking and leading campaigns for change and for helping people in need.

      I can’t blame the whole world for what we are going through. But the international society knows very well our politicians here and they have been their allies in financial and political common interests. Except for Germans who have been neutral over here, acting and working through the GRC.

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      1. You: “I told you in a previous comment that no one is innocent over here.”
        Me: I must have overlooked that comment – just thought about it now.

        You: “I have always voted for independent people and not the political parties we have now. ”
        Me: That is the sad irony: When I studied in England I had a jewish fellow student whom I have contacted recently again. He told me the exact same as you do and if it was not for him being Israeli the both of you probably would go on really wel.
        Nationalism is tragic to me because it created as much damage as religions did in the past.
        Humankind just slowly evolves away from religious dogmas into secularisation but nationalism still is decades behind that.
        There are few non-national world-communities out there, like in Auroville but humankind even tries to divide the moon and mars already – in the end it is us humans who are idiots and who seem to be further away from a solution than from their own destruction.

        My comment of splitting up Lebanon was not even meant to weaken you – vice versa – it could give you the space to breathe freely again,
        but I think nationalism should not cling on rigidly to once established borders – I for example also do consider German borders to be arbitrary and think that the north and south are like two different countries.
        The US also would be good if those middle red states would stay and the coastal blue states would split away – it is unbearable to see their discrepancy which does cause the entire world pain.

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  6. Devastating what has happened in Beirut. I have posted ways on which people can help Lebanon right now. It’s so important people abroad do their part to help as well. The news will go quiet again and this can make people go silent too. We can’t let this happen if we really want change for Lebanon and justice for the Lebanese people.

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    1. Thank you so much, very thoughtful of you. Yes, we should keep on raising our voices because this explosion can happen elsewhere, since violence is everywhere unfortunately. Thank you so much again!

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