Beirut Explosion

Greetings, loyal minions. Your Maximum Leader was shocked and horrified to see the video of the massive explosion at the docks of Beirut, Lebanon, yesterday. Reports are that more than 100 people were killed. Damage is extensive. Your Maximum Leader feels for the people of Beirut and hopes that this was not a terrorist attack. Beirut, once the shining star of the Eastern Mediterranean in the 1960s, then the war ravaged desolation of the 1980s, seems to have been coming back in the 21st century. One hopes this is not a portent of the future.

Your Maximum Leader, no expert in these things. (He’s just an idiot with a website.) Speculated to himself yesterday that, given the location of the explosion at the port along the docks, that something in a warehouse or on a ship must have exploded. Apparently now there are reports that seem to back this up. Here is one: Beirut Ignored Public Warning There Was a Russian ‘Bomb’ at the Port. Here is a second: Fireworks, ammonium nitrate likely fueled Beirut explosion. Both linked articles assert that as much as 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate (the fertilizer used in the Oklahoma City bombing) was being stored in a warehouse or on a ship and it was this material that likely exploded.

Terrible. Your Maximum Leader is sure we will learn more as the investigation continues.

Carry on.

2 Comments
The Metropolitan said:

further comment from a correspondent to whom the above was sent: “Commenter at Ace this am: Hezbollah rockets stored in warehouse with nitrate cache triggered the explosions. Videos show (1) fire and smoke with twinkling flashes (rockets going off), then (2) massive explosion (nitrates), and then (3) small explosion (grain dust in the elevator).

Now there’s a hot rumor about tunnels and rooms under the warehouse.

FWIW”



The Metropolitan said:

NB: “Ace” in the above comment is the Ace of Spades blog.



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