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Beirut Port Attack, Rebuttal to the Mainstream Media

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Nagasaki after the city and most of its residents were incinerated by the USA atom bomb in 1945.
Nagasaki after the city and most of its residents were incinerated by the USA atom bomb in 1945.
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Pictured above: ground zero map of Nagasaki after the city and most of its residents were incinerated by the USA atom bomb in 1945. Notice the blast rings go out two kilometers, very similar to Tianjin and Beirut Ports.

My very thorough and well-researched expose' on the 4 August Beirut bomb attack was posted to a political discussion group (Click Here). This is on top of my report covering the hauntingly similar port explosion in Tianjin in 2015, which I just updated for the occasion (Click Here).

For my Beirut expose', a discussion group member was given the opportunity to respond. They laid out the current mainstream explanations for how the explosion could not have been an attack. Their arguments gave all the acceptable Big Lie Propaganda Machine (BLPM) stories: it was old ammonium nitrate and fireworks that had been left there for many years; big explosions give off a sound wave, the Lebanese are corrupt and had it coming to them, etc.

Below is my expanded reply, in order to counterpoint this riposte, as is done in the standard rules of debate. I asked the moderator to please post my rebuttal. They never did. Hmm" I wonder why they refused to do so? Was all my evidence too close the obvious truth?

So, to wit, here it is,

To my knowledge, ammonium nitrate (AN) will burn on its own in open air and will explode at 32% the power of TNT, if packed in a hardened bomb casing, but needs a liquid substrate to explode violently.

In my above referenced expose', I republished Kevin Barrett's history of using AN for controlled explosions. AN can explode when mixed with correct amounts of aluminum powder and water, which is almost never done, due to the difficulty of mixing three ingredients evenly into a slurry. Instead, what is commonly done is AN is mixed with fuel oil (FO), more commonly known as diesel.

For the detonation to work properly, the fuel oil percentage needs to be quite exact (5.7%). With this perfect mixture, ANFO packs 74% the punch of TNT (Click Here).

Thus, in Beirut, did someone douse the purported massive quantity of 2,750mt of Beirut Port AN with just the right amount of FO to create an ANFO bomb? If they did, was it sprayed evenly, at 5.7% over all the sacks of AN? Did it soak in properly throughout all the sacks of AN, top to bottom, outside to inside?

How was it fused? That much ANFO would need a number of electronic fuses planted all over the mass, to go off simultaneously, for a single, big explosion.

Or, did an evildoer bring in big water/sewer pipes, weld together bomb casings, fill them with all that AN and then wire each one with simultaneous radio fuses, for a measly 32% TNT equivalent bomb?

The absurdity of all this is derisory.

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Sixteen years on the streets, living and working with the people of China: Jeff J. Brown is the author of 44 Days (2013) and Doctor Write Read's Treasure Trove to Great English (2015). In 2016 Punto Press released China (more...)

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