HMX Explosives Present at Beirut Port

BRANDON J. WEICHERT | THE WEICHERT REPORT

A massive explosion rocked the port of Beirut on Tuesday. Thus far, dozens of people are dead with upwards of 4,000 people injured–and the blast was felt as far away as the island of Cyprus. In a press conference following the explosion, which has not yet been confirmed as being the result of military action of any kind (though it has been highly suspected), President Donald J. Trump claimed that the explosion looked like “an attack” and vowed to assist the injured.

Certainly, this was a horrendous event and the loss of life is catastrophic (any loss of life usually is). Yet, in this case, perhaps there was something more going on than met the eye. Perhaps the president was saying more truth than many realized.

A cursory analysis of the explosion indicates that this was no mere accident. As I’ve reported both at The American Spectator and American Greatness since 2018, the United States, Israel, and the Sunni Arab states (as led by Saudi Arabia) have all been engaged in a titanic struggle against Iran. This has mostly played out in the form of a shadow war. The most recent iteration of this shadow war resulted in the assassination of Qassem Soleimani and the subsequent lobbing of Iranian missiles at American bases in nearby Iraq (which resulted in several traumatic head injuries of US forces and the downing of a Ukrainian airline departing Tehran’s international airport).

Even as that crisis abated at the start of the year, the Iranians had been moving considerable resources away from their territory and into the proxy war in Syria. For years, the Syrian Civil War has become a proving ground for the Iranians in their jihad against the West. Recently, Israel has been forced to get more aggressive in Syria, as Iranian elements are increasingly threatening Israel’s national security. Given that Iran has spent years shuttling resources and personnel all over the Middle East in order to either support their war effort in Syria or in the ongoing Yemen Civil War, it is not surprising that something catastrophic might happen.

Beirut is home to the Iranian-backed anti-Israeli militia, Hezbollah. It is more than likely that the port in question was being used to house sensitive materiel provided to Hezbollah by Iran. When analyzing the explosion at the Beirut port, one notices the distinctive color of the explosion. The mushroom cloud resulting from the explosion was a reddish-brown color. Yet, most mainstream publications and pundits have speculated that the massive explosion was the result of ammonium nitrate being detonated.

According to sources that I spoke with, the detonation of ammonium nitrate would result in a gray mushroom cloud not the reddish-brown one we witnessed.

So, what chemicals would cause such a massive explosion and a reddish-brown mushroom cloud?

Octagen, or better known as HMX (which does have ammonium nitrate as a precursor).

According to a 2016 report from Defense World, “Octagen (HMX) is used exclusively for military purposes to implode fissionable as a component of rocket propellant, and as a high explosive buster charge.” That same report indicated that in 2016, “Iran’s Defense Ministry announced […] the country’s plans to produce [Octagen] to boost the penetration and destructive power of missile payloads.”

Four years later, it would appear that the Iranians are making good on their threats to do just that. As this occurs, the Iranian nuclear and ballistic missile programs are proceeding apace. I believe that the attack on the Beirut port was the result of actionable intelligence that the Iranians were moving HMX-enhanced weapons into Israel’s near-abroad to be used to devastate Israel. This represents not only an escalation from Iran against Israel, but it also further proves my theory that there is an undeclared shadow war that is becoming more public and skirting into the conventional realm each iteration.

It is important to note here that rudimentary nuclear weapons, what’s known as the “implosion design” require shape charges to detonate. The implosive catalysts are usually one of four compounds, according to The Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control, and they are: HMX, RDX, or TATB. I cannot stress enough the possibility that Israel (or someone affiliated) may have managed to take out a facility storing some rudimentary nuclear weapons device that was being prepared to be deployed against Israel.

Here is the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control‘s description of the “implosion design”:

In a so-called “implosion” weapon, which is the most common design used today, the weapon is armed with detonators that initiate the explosion. Regardless of the way the weapon is delivered (missile, bomb, artillery shell) the detonators fire simultaneously to set off a charge of high explosives that ring the outer surface of the tamper. These high explosives are finely machined in a lens configuration that sends shock waves into the center of the weapon. The shock waves compress the fissile core of uranium or plutonium into what is known as a supercritical state.

Forget about China right now. Forget about North Korea. Forget about even Russia. The real prospect of a catastrophic regional–possibly world–war is right here in the Middle East. For obvious reasons, few will want to acknowledge that Iran may have just tried to pass nuclear weapons over to their Hezbollah partners to use against Israel. But this is a real possibility (which is why Israel or someone affiliated may have risked the casualties and diplomatic blowback from exploding that port facility).

And this possibility, of course, will not be discussed significantly in the “mainstream” press. So, you heard it here first.

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