A researcher at the American Enterprise Institute asked: Is Lebanon heading towards a famine? He commented that the famine may still be far from him, but that the country’s political elites have turned it from dysfunction in 2020 to something else.
The researcher said Michael Rubin article in magazine “National Interest” ( National Interest ) The political class in Lebanon failed, and while US government often focused on Hezbollah only deepens problem within country.
He indicated that the first anniversary of the Beirut port explosion, which killed 200 people, is approaching, yet the Lebanese government seems unable or reluctant to explain what happened for fear of harming Hezbollah.
He believed that this matter to the Lebanese is not just an academic or political issue, but rather an issue that must be resolved to obtain insurance payments for damage to their cars and property, adding that the “cowardice of the Lebanese elites” harms the pockets of tens of thousands of Beirutis.
Rubin stated that the political stalemate continues and the reason for this, says Michael Young of the Carnegie Endowment, considered by the researcher the best historian of “political dirty affairs” in Lebanon, is that the country’s political elites seem more interested in how to divide their spoils and personal access to Lebanon’s resources than they are. achieving economic stability.
The country’s political elites seem more interested in how to divide their spoils and personal access to Lebanon’s resources than in achieving economic stability.
The researcher criticized what politicians say about climate change and how global warming could lead to an increase in drought and famine, refuting their claims that drought is a natural phenomenon but famine is entirely man-made.
He gave the example of Ethiopia, where it always had enough food to feed its population during its famine in the 1980s, but the government lacked the capacity and infrastructure to distribute it. However, Ethiopia came out largely unscathed, and its government may be far from perfect, but it was not on the level of dysfunction in Somalia, from which hundreds of thousands died as their government faltered.
The question now, says the researcher, is whether the Lebanese government suffers from a dysfunction at the level of Ethiopia or Somalia. The United Nations seems to think that it can be at the level of Somalia.
He concluded that the possibility of a famine may be an exaggeration given the international community’s willingness to provide assistance, but he believes that this is the dynamic on which the Lebanese elites rely as they brandish their weapons in the faces of their citizens in order to grow their bank accounts abroad and their investment portfolios.