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Thursday, August 06, 2020

Radiant in a long white gown and veil, 29-year-old Lebanese bride Israa Seblani stood smiling and posing for her wedding video. But the scene was shattered by a deafening roar as a powerful shockwave swept through Beirut. The dramatic footage captured the moment when a massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, killing at least 135 people and injuring more than 5,000.


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Wedding photographer Mahmoud Nakib managed to capture the blast's shockwave which killed at least 113 people and injured more than 4,000 others.


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starting with Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran.

Once you understand this you understand the middle east situation.

aka foreign policy.

It doesn't matter which puppet gets into the oval...

this is the way it is. this is what will be.

if it had been Hillary and Bolton during the Gulf of Tonkin part 2

we would already be in Iran.

cui bono?

destabilize. divide. land grab.

#1 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2020-08-06 08:57 AM | Reply

This is absolutely heart-rendering.
Horrible juxtaposition of such joy with terror/horror.
I was so happy to see her being escorted away, appearing to be safe. That part I hadn't seen before.
Thank you.

#2 | Posted by YAV at 2020-08-06 09:44 AM | Reply

It's an amazing piece of film. The way the photographer comes back in time to catch the groom escorting the bride to safety at the end is incredible.

#3 | Posted by rcade at 2020-08-06 10:52 AM | Reply

It doesn't matter which puppet gets into the oval

#1 | Posted by AuntieSocial

Therefore vote Trump.

Interesting rationale. Who fed it to you?

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2020-08-06 11:04 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#3 - It really is. Every aspect of it. Even the photographer running away, stopping - and I was thinking "no, you can't leave her! What happened?" and then like you said, coming back just in time to catch her being escorted off.

My heart just breaks for everyone living in Beirut.

This is why elections have consequences. We're had similar explosions here, but thankfully not in the middle of a major city. At least not since the 1947 Texas City disaster.

Turning towards the political, we're in the middle of a COVID-19 "Beruit" due to a negligent President that ignores all the warnings and the science. A President elected by a few in 3 states, out of anger without regard to competence. As a result our COVID-19 "Beirut" has claimed 1,185 TIMES more lives. The economic damage is enormous, and continues. Those that are casualties and live (the 'recovered') will be facing uncertain recoveries.

#5 | Posted by YAV at 2020-08-06 11:12 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

if it had been Hillary and Bolton during the Gulf of Tonkin part 2

#1 | Posted by AuntieSocial

Hillary wouldnt hire bolton.

All your side can do is PRETEND the other side would be as bad as your side is PROVEN to be.

#6 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-08-06 01:09 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

"if it had been Hillary and Bolton during the Gulf of Tonkin part 2
we would already be in Iran."

The ultimate both sides are the same argument. But when Bill Clinton was President we didn't invade Iraq and G.W. Bush told us when he was still Gov. of Texas that if he got to be President he was going to invade Iraq, not for anything Iraq or Hussein had done, but because war time Presidents have more power and he was planning to use that power to privatize Social Security. He said that and it is quoted in his biography. Both sides are not the same, when you are stupid enough to convince yourself they are then the problem is with you. You enable the right wing crazies to do what they do.

#7 | Posted by danni at 2020-08-06 02:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

I've never before heard someone mumble "God is great" in arabic just as English speakers sometimes mumble "Jesus Christ" in absolute terror.

#8 | Posted by Tor at 2020-08-06 07:41 PM | Reply

Slick Willy has been busy... i'll give you that!

#9 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2020-08-06 08:58 PM | Reply

It is indeed a stunning piece of footage. The movement of the camera is so fluid and elegant that I would bet money it was shot via drone. The photographer might have been one of the folks you see in the film running for cover, but at least for a few seconds prior he was most likely simply aiming the camera toward the explosion.

#10 | Posted by cbob at 2020-08-06 09:01 PM | Reply

I'm having a hard time picturing a drone with a camera that could experience a blast of that magnitude without the image rotating even slightly. I'm thinking that it was a camera on some sort of small crane that was sturdy enough that it didn't flip over.

#11 | Posted by Tor at 2020-08-07 01:01 AM | Reply

My bet is shoulder carried stabilized video cam. Not drone, not on a trolley.

It's Beirut. There will be a lot of experienced action videographers working there.

#12 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-08-07 01:29 AM | Reply

I read the bride jumped into helping others injured by the blast immediately after seeking shelter.

#13 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-08-07 02:23 AM | Reply

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