Just a thought

In Lebanon, mismanagement of fuel supplies has contributed to the water crisis. The central bank has subsidised imports but has now run out of dollars, leading to widespread shortages.

Mains electricity is running at a maximum of two hours a day. Operators of the private generators which make up the difference may have to turn them off in the next few days for lack of diesel — raising the extraordinary prospect of a modern country almost entirely without electricity.

How long is it going to remain a modern country without electricity?

14 thoughts on “Just a thought”

  1. The Lebanese are Lebanese only when they are not in Lebanon. In Lebanon they are Druze, Maronite, Shia, what-have-you. That is their tragedy.
    The good bit is that when they look like they’ll FUBAR it forever something happens and they have a few years of peace, an economic boom and a giant tourist industry.

  2. “The Lebanese are Lebanese only when they are not in Lebanon. In Lebanon they are Druze, Maronite, Shia, what-have-you. ”
    I presume this is the model for the modern British society they’ve been working from.

  3. BiS

    Following on from that I suspect the reaction of a few medalists to our flag and anthem will be informative.

    I will laugh myself silly if certain competitors who have featured in recent bbc articles fail to make the podium.

  4. The scream is, as usual, for the wicked, white West to give them all the money they want. But interestingly, the usual suckers are demanding reforms before they waste our taxes on the place.

    It must be really bad for them to do that.

  5. Lebanon hasn’t been the same since the civil war in the 70’s. Before then, it was more-or-less functioning and united under Christian rule, but most of the capable people left during or shortly after the war. Ever since, it’s just become more fragmented and radicalised with different factions fighting each other and the Israelis and/or the Syrians.

  6. I’ve meet quite a few people of my parents generation who have fond memories of Lebanon and shake their heads at what it is now. Hard to see what they describe returning anytime soo

  7. Bloke in North Korea (Germany province)

    Lebanon is a warning to us all. The powers want to divide us against each other. Not, as in Lebanon, Christian/Jew/Marionite/various flavours of Islam, but divide all the same.

    Biontech class, Moderna class, AZ class, JJ class, and the Underclass. You know who the Underclass are.

  8. As with much of the ME, poor old Lebanon is being used to fight proxy wars between Sunni/Shi’a, KSA/Iran, etc. (with Israel taking a keen interest, as a neighbour). To think it was once the Monaco of the eastern Med.

  9. The central bank has subsidised imports but has now run out of dollars…

    So it’s not ‘mismanagement of fuel supplies’ but mismanagement of the economy overall that’s the problem, then. No doubt, it would be tough to be the central bank in the face of an ongoing low-level civil war, but let’s at least identify the problem correctly…

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