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The Situation in Beirut + Why America Can't Ignore Its Past And Its Failings

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TOPSHOT - An aerial view shows the massive damage done to Beirut port’s grain silos (C) and the area around it on August 5, 2020, one day after a mega-blast tore through the harbour in the heart of the Lebanese capital with the force of an earthquake, killing more than 100 people and injuring over 4,000. - Rescuers searched for survivors in Beirut in the morning after a cataclysmic explosion at the port sowed devastation across entire neighbourhoods, killing more than 100 people, wounding thousands and plunging Lebanon deeper into crisis. (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

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"What matters to me is to be honest and to be fair. I think it is absolutely clear that the president has numerous failings which has cost the country as a whole, dearly," Atlantic writer Ed Yong says. "Trump is central to this problem but not the only thing that matters."

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