It’s a nightmare. I mean I lived through the war in Lebanon, I lived through bombings, assassinations. The glass …every [piece of] glass in the whole city is gone, is shattered. “The whole city is shattered”: Lebanon’s U.N. So, the country and the people were exhausted already. And I had the same reaction when I saw the bombings in Beirut.
What are you hearing from your diplomatic colleagues? And the whole city is shattered. So this comes after all the suffering that the Lebanese are going through. ambassador, Amal Mudallali, told CBS News that “the whole city is shattered.”
Mudallali, who served as a former advisor to the assassinated Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, said the international community is stepping up to help — but added that after years of violence, financial crisis, and political turmoil, the psyche of the Lebanese people is one of pure exhaustion. Read excerpts of CBS News’ interview with Mudallali below:
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CBS News’ Pamela Falk: What is the way out of this situation? And the government has been responsive to that now, they see that we have to deliver and they could deliver an investigation and results quickly. How many more wars can you go through, how many assassinations, how many invasions? And then, this comes. It’s the amount of the support and the amount of emotion that’s coming through to stand by Lebanon is really heartwarming. The international community is stepping up, and I hope that we can do more. The government decided to have an investigation, and they said that this investigation is going to be transparent. And then we had the pandemic, we had COVID-19, and cases were rising in the last couple of weeks. And these are destroyed. And I think we deserve a break.
First published on August 6, 2020 / 11:03 PM I mean, it’s very — it’s hard to tell, before anything happens, but let’s wait for the investigation, and see what happens. You think that you would over get over it. And every time you see an explosion, it just goes to the core of your heart and you just lose balance, because you feel like it’s happening again. Just name a crisis, everything in the book, we went through. Don’t forget that before this also we had very strong movement in the street, and there’s pressure in the street to find what the truth is and what happens. What has this attack done to everyone’s psyche?
I went to the bombing [in 2005] that killed Rafik Hariri, former Prime Minister, and I was his foreign policy advisor and was very close to him. So yesterday, my first fear was when I saw the explosion, I thought they killed somebody. So let’s wait and see. It always brings back all the bad memories. And we’ve been through a lot. They are working on the assumption that it’s negligence. I have never seen scenes like that.
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Beirut is devastated. How many? ambassador describes the aftermath of Beirut explosions
By Pamela Falk
August 6, 2020 / 11:03 PM
/ CBS News
Beirut explosion worsens crisis in Lebanon
Beirut explosion worsens crisis in Lebanon
Beirut is flooded with grief and outrage after the catastrophic explosions that left at least 149 people dead and more than 5,000 wounded. There is a sense of a food crisis also, because the silos, in the airport and the port, they were the ones that were housing the wheat for Lebanon. We are exhausted. Everybody is exhausted. And so you really never get over it. You never get over something like this. And what about the investigation? You know, the heartwarming part about this whole thing, if there is anything good about this whole thing, is that people have been so supportive from all over the world. And to tell you the truth, everybody is saying that now. And that’s why the impact is so bad, and the mood is very, very down. Lebanon’s U.N. It’s a nightmare. And in my lifetime, I went through all of these and, sometimes, all of them together. People are tired and think Lebanon needs a break. Never. Will it make a bad economy worse? Amal Mudallali: Unfortunately, this comes at a very, very difficult time for Lebanon and the Lebanese people, because they were going through a very hard time, going through a financial crisis, where people lost their savings, people were suffering, lost their jobs. And it is an explosion like we’ve never seen before.