The explosion in Lebanon’s capital Beirut claimed the lives of over 100 people and left 4,000 wounded. The number of casualties is increasing as those seriously injured die off.
Just as the footage of the explosion hit social networks, the world media began to spread theories that mainstream media calls conspiracy theories. Nevertheless, such narratives on occasion contain a fraction of the truth, and are worth at least discussing, if only to discount.
Tactical nuclear weapons
Immediately after the appearance of a video of the explosion with the characteristic mushroom cloud, a number of observers in social networks said that it was very similar to the explosion of a nuclear charge.
— MJVentrice (@MJVentrice) August 4, 2020
Later, some wrote that a tactical nuclear strike on Beirut spread on social networks. As a rule, commentators point to increased Israeli military activity in Syria and near the borders of Lebanon, to the hostility of Israel to the Hezbollah Shia paramilitary organization, as well as to the fact that Israel is the only Middle Eastern country in possession of nuclear weapons.
In the West in particular, the US is actively discussing the effectiveness of the use of tactical nuclear weapons. In other words, the explosion in Beirut could very well have been a result of this type of weapon.
Gordon Duff, international intelligence consultant, former officer of the US Marine Corps and editor of Veterans Today said that “the first explosion was caused by Gabriel anti ship missile of Israel. The second explosion was caused by Israeli Delilah missile from F16. Our country is in complete jeopardy with this lazy and corrupt regime.”
'Fact Checking' The Nuke That Hit Beirut – Within hours of VT breaking the news that Israel had nuked Beirut, the 'fact checkers' were out in force trying to contradict us, but the best they could do was a pretty pathetic effort comprised of nothing of substance, just regurgit… pic.twitter.com/oEgXvASebi
— VeteransToday (@veteranstoday) August 5, 2020
The explosion in Beirut has already been ranked among the most powerful of all those initiated by non-nuclear weapons, and third in history after Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In addition, the year 2020, on August 6 and 9, marks the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Seismological Observatory of Jordan has calculated the explosion on the Richter scale at a 4.5.
On the other hand, nuclear contamination is a factor that is not easily concealed; an electronic impulse during a nuclear explosion could have disrupted all electronic devices, but this did not happen. If the Israeli security services wanted to damage Lebanon and launch a major crisis in the country, it would have been easier to set up an ammonium nitrate warehouse explosion.
The mushroom cloud is easy to explain. The mushroom-shaped form is not a distinctive sign of a nuclear explosion. Mushroom clouds are also formed in conventional explosions in the absence of wind and other factors that prevent its formation. Powerful explosions last longer and better maintain the mushroom-shaped shape, due to the fact that the wind can not quickly dispel a large mass of released products of explosion and dust.
In Lebanon itself, there are rumors that an Israeli plane had been spotted shortly before the explosion. Given Israeli military activity near the borders of Syria and Lebanon, this is likely. On Monday, an Israeli plane struck Syria and the next day, in response to an escalation on the border with Lebanon, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel “will continue to take action to thwart Iran’s military entrenchment in our region,” and “will do whatever is necessary to defend itself.”
The fact that there were fireworks and accelerants in the warehouse sitting there for years doesn’t mean it was an accident. Nor do Lebanon’s denials. There’s no way israel could sabotage a warehouse full of explosives right? Enough. #BeirutBlast pic.twitter.com/pNEvilKUV4
— Syrian Girl (@Partisangirl) August 5, 2020
However, the very presence of the plane cannot be considered proof that it was the Israeli strike that caused the explosion. On the other hand, it is not correct to accuse anyone who puts forward this version of anti-Semitism. In theory, the possibility of an Israeli air strike or sabotage is certainly not out of the question. For example, the strike could be the result of an airplane or drone failing to reach another target.
In 2019, Lebanon repeatedly observed Israeli drones, the appearance of which coincided with major forest fires in Lebanon.
On July 30, the Lebanese news agency LBCI News published a video of an Israeli arson drone.
The theory that an Israeli drone was involved is actively being spread on social networks.
So my friend from Lebanon is fine Alhamdulillahhh! But she says it was not just a factory blast, Israel is behind all of this, the Israeli drones have been in sight for the whole last week.#beirute #Beirut #لبنان #بيروت #beirutexplosion
— احسان. (@ahsaan_wajid) August 4, 2020
Israel has naturally completely denied being involved in the incident. Obviously, it is not profitable for Israel to assume responsibility for the tragedy that has led to the deaths of more than a hundred civilians.
We recall that just two years ago, as a result of an Israeli provocation near Syria, a Russian IL-20 aircraft was shot down. Despite the statement of the Russian Defense Ministry, the Zionist state refused to take responsibility for the incident.
The US Deep State
Another version indicating the involvement of American elites in the explosion is also actively spreading online. This theory is supported by the fact that US President Donald Trump, referring to the opinion of some generals, called the explosion an “attack”, and the result of a “bomb”.
Without providing any evidence, President Trump claims the explosion in #Beirut is a result of an attack.
— Jenan Moussa (@jenanmoussa) August 4, 2020
However, CNN sources at the Pentagon have denied the president’s statement. The reason for this disagreement may be that the president intentionally (or not) disclosed the actions of the Deep State, according to those propagating this version of events.
— Todd Burgun (@ToddBurgun) August 4, 2020
In this scenario, the Deep State, allegedly operating independently of Donald Trump, took action, and Trump spoke out to continue his own crusade against the so-called “swamp”.
Always look for symbols and ques, these deep-state twats love that shit…
Beirut anyone??? https://t.co/mykOqOzJr8
— Arcade Wrestling Guy (@rmanning151) August 4, 2020
In particular, according to supporters of QAnon’s conspiracy theory, the US Deep State is trying to start World War in order to distract from other crimes.
The Deep state is exercising the nuclear option, literally.#Beirut they are attempting to start World War as a way to distract from their crimes.@realDonaldTrump you need to arrest the deep state players NOW before it’s too late. R/T please!#MAGA #WWG1WGA
— RevD.Rake (@RevDruidRakeUSA) August 5, 2020
Proponents of this theory, which is very popular in the United States, believe that Trump is about to take real action and arrest numerous globalists in the upper echelons of American power.
Google maps Rothschild central bank …in beruit……😎🍿
That explosion in Beirut …
……… Rothschild Central bank
THE MF MATRIX IS COLLAPSING…
This why you see a bomb going off today in Lebanon. # Pay Attentionhttps://t.co/VhIF3UAjTg
— DC GOGO MUSIC AND BLACK CONSCIOUSNES (@DConsciousnes) August 5, 2020
The truth is out there
If we put aside the crazier elements of these conspiracy theories, they do reveal some fundamental facts, one being that the incident is likely not isolated, and deeply related to the geopolitics of the region.
Above all, these theories are based on distrust in the mainstream media, especially with regard to events in the Middle East. For a long time, the mainstream media have indulged the audience in falsehood and fake news, for instance, regarding alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
Secondly, there is clear mistrust of the leadership of Western countries and Western intelligence services, especially the CIA and the United States.
At last, and most importantly, the aggressive policies of Israel, including their daily bombings of Gaza and Syria, occupation of the territories of Palestine, Syria and Lebanon, lead people to see an Israeli trace even when there is none to be found. However, we must not forget that this is precisely the image Israel has created for itself, and for a reason.
this absurd declaration from enemy, US isn't legitimate neutral party in the region, we don't think international tribunal capable of investigate possible Cia & Mossad culprit in Beirut blast https://t.co/ucLtYtQ7vo
— Hasan A!Odele (@AlOdailH) August 5, 2020
Proponents of conspiracy theories have made important accusations, and while their answers may be hasty or based on unqualified analysis, they cannot be ignored. These questions need to be analyzed and answered.
This is particularly true of the military and intelligence activities of the US and Israel at the time of the explosion. It would be ideal if the two countries disclosed information for a transparent investigation into the most horrific disaster in the history of Lebanon. However, given that this is a rather unlikely outcome, for the time being, we will be left to create our own theories.