"By all appearances the port disaster did not involve the usual suspects
— Hezbollah, Israel, jihadist terrorism or the government of neighboring
Syria. The truth seems to be both duller and more disturbing: Decades of
rot at every level of Lebanon’s institutions destroyed Beirut’s port,
much of the city, and far too many lives. It is precisely the banality
behind the explosion that captures the particular punishment and
humiliation heaped on Lebanon."
"The consequences of yesterday’s explosion will be even more serious
than the immediate casualties and property damage. The main grain silo,
which holds some 85 percent of the country’s cereals, was destroyed.
Even more, the port will no longer be able to receive goods. Lebanon
imports 80 percent of what it consumes, including 90 percent of its
wheat, which is used to make the bread that is the staple of most
people’s diets. About 60 percent of those imports come through the port
of Beirut. Or, at least, they did."
Such a tragedy.
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics