It’s Friday and as we wrap up the week, we ask you to keep the Lebanese people in mind after the disastrous warehouse explosion at their port. It killed 135 people injured over 5,000 and left 300,000 homeless. Beirut, is the Paris of the Middle East and its people are absolutely great. If you’re Lebanese you’ll know what Booz Teeze is but I think my spelling is questionable. Don’t be pissed, grab a bottle of Arak and drink it straight; if you survive, there won’t be a single coronavirus in your blood stream! Whether you are Lebanese or not, I hope you had a good week.
If you did not have a good week, you may be tempted to visit a therapist or worse yet use a behavioral iOS or Android app. Stop! Remember that you are going to pay a therapist, a jackass who majored in psychology so they could understand themselves, $150 per hour. If you use an app, you’re probably communicating with someone in the Communist Chinese Party who is going to try to convince you that your guilt and anger comes from not buying Chinese product. Always remember that the largest concentration of licensed psychologists are in California and New York, which accounts for the fact that as their citizens flee the two States and get to a new destination they continue to vote the same way they did in California and New York and expect a different result.
Instead of therapy what you need is a good shoot the shit. What is a shoot the shit?
It’s a social interaction in which the participants don’t need to know anything about the topic being discussed, they are free to make any unsupported statement, use uncensured profanity, insult anyone they wish or change the subject altogether. So, let’s get started.
For this week’s shoot the shit I’d like to talk about the the Beirut explosion. I have no specific knowledge of the event and everything that I’m going to say is conjecture triggered by a 2 second slice of the aired video. There are also things that don’t make sense to me.
The compound credited for the massive explosion is ammonium nitrate. This is a chemical used in the production of explosives, fertilizers and pharmaceuticals. Unlike dynamite, ammonium nitrate (AN) does not sweat so it doesn’t need to be rotated and it is water soluble. At greater than 200C, which is 392F, it will start to decompose; at this point its temperature increases becoming unstable, and there may be a runaway reaction. Sitting in a warehouse does not create the conditions needed for an explosion. Ammonium nitrate requires an ignition source and it’s usually mixed with fuel oil, aluminum or sugar to create an explosive compound. It’s actually pretty stable stuff. Based on information released by the Lebanese Government, the 2,750 metric tons were seized by authorities in 2013 and stored in their warehouse.
Interestingly enough, they didn’t dump it in the ocean where it would have dissolved, they store it in a waterfront warehouse for 7 years. So, if you ask me, this may have been a slight of hand approach to bringing in 2,750 metric tons of the stuff into the country without attracting attention, just a wild guess. Fast forward to 2020…
We also know that Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun and Hezbollah have formed an alliance and that Hezbollah has launched numerous attacks against Israel from Lebanon. So having 2,750 metric tons of a compound used in explosives sitting in the warehouse and accessible to Hezbollah may have represented a significant threat to Israeli national security.
If you watch one of the explosion videos, it showed the side of a warehouse where you can see what appears to be three timed sequence flashes just before the explosion.
So here’s my theory. The fire in the warehouse was diversionary to create cover for the three timed ignitions. As to who did it?
Hezbollah has been a threat to a number of Middle Eastern countries UAE, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan and 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate sitting in a Hezbollah controlled warehouse was likely a national security concern for any of these countries. I don’t believe this was a act of God, negligence or some minor functionary snockered on Arak.
Have a great weekend, be safe, keep your sweat pumps in low speed and schedule your own shoot the shit, it’s a great way to deal with those pesky stressors.