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Sawt Beirut International’s News Bulletin – Aug. 30, 2021

A brief of tonight’s news bulletin:

  • Baabda is seeking Bassil’s succession in Mikati’s formation procedure.
  • When will the Bank of Lebanon increase the rate for dollar withdrawals?
  • We are in the midst of the third most dangerous wave of migration in Lebanon’s history.

It is a country that murders its own citizens and then seeks vengeance on the victims. It is true that what occurred between Maghdoushe and Ankoun was extremely hazardous, and it is also true that the people of Ankoun shall bear responsibility for what occurred, given that they transformed a personal conflict into a targeted attack on Maghdoushe and its people. All of this is perfectly obvious and devoid of ambiguity or interpretation. The state, on the other hand, bears the primary responsibility, as do its security services and military institutions. And before that, the authorities who left the whole population starving, fighting, and dying in order to obtain a tank of fuel.

Is it acceptable to neglect people’s everyday lives? for the sake of their livelihood? What pride and respect do they have left? Where are the President of the Republic, the resigned Prime Minister, and the ministries when it comes to what goes on in front of the gas stations every day? Do they realize that the daily rush for fuel results in a lot of deaths, and that nothing indicates that the sequence of murders for “drops” of gasoline will come to an end? Security and military personnel, on the other hand, were obliged to be more forceful in dealing with the situation. In such a century, it is completely forbidden for residents of one town in Lebanon to assault residents of another.

Apart from the dreadful political situation, are we in a country or a wilderness where the rule of the jungle reigns supreme? Is this a country or a jungle, where the powerful assault the weak and the armed combat the defenseless? Worse, none of this matters to our leaders, who are just interested in their ministerial quotas and specific ministerial nomination. Congratulations to us for a government that has surrendered to the other, and cheers to the most powerful covenant that has become a symbol of weakness, failure, and collapse…


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