While #Lebanon's politicians jockey for power & money, Hezbollah launches a supermarket chain with subsidised food staples to help the Lebanese people overcome the US' "starvation sanctions." Just one more reason why Hezbollah wins elections and America wants them crushed.
This US product now costs over $50 at the official bank rate, and yet it is still on #Lebanon's market shelves. Food products from Syria, Iran, Jordan are a fraction of that price, but the US threatens sanctions if goods pass through Syria, Lebanon's only viable land border.
The Americans are ruthless about forcing their products & prices on #Lebanon. When the last Lebanese govt was forming, a senior US emissary rushed here to prevent a Hezbollah candidate from becoming Minister of Health. Why, you ask? US pharmaceuticals:
Iranian & Syrian foods & pharmaceuticals are of excellent quality - and cheap. If the US was going to enforce its Starvation Sanctions on #Lebanon, it needed Leb's only land border (Syria) sealed. Leb politicians caved to this demand & now #UK watch towers line that border.
The Americans are stupid however, and consistently forget that people have agency. US Starvation Sanctions will backfire & soon #Lebanon will be flooded with food, oil & medicines from Iran, Syria, Jordan & Iraq. Pro tip: It is already happening.
I happen to stay in an old Christian neighborhood in Beirut. I now talk to Geagea supporters who have zero problem with buying Iranian goods if it will help stretch their paychecks. US imbecility know no bounds.

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