Thursday, August 03, 2006

All Responsibility Still Lies with Hezbollah.

I began writing this article about an hour ago, but then I checked Real Clear and found that this guy had already done it for me.

August 03, 2006
Journalists Fail to Explain Qana
By David Warren
My reader may be wondering what happened to all the coverage from Qana. As usual, when the "liberal" media begin to realize they've been had, the story disappears. But it is never properly corrected. We get a few days of blazing headlines, and round-the-dial TV coverage of an "Israeli massacre", laden with innuendos, and then -- the fade-out. This will not do.
What happened at Qana was, almost certainly, what happened at Jenin in 2002, what happened on a beach in Gaza a few weeks ago, and what has happened on innumerable other occasions. The Israelis are instantaneously accused and convicted of a monstrous and perhaps intentional act of butchery, by people quite incurious about the facts. Their pathological hatred of "Zionism" is all the proof they need. These are people who seldom bother to shed even crocodile tears when Jews are blown to pieces by suicide bombers, or rockets are fired indiscriminately into their homes; but become tremendously excited when the news breaks that some Israeli retaliation may have gone wrong.
It took several months to clarify what had happened at Jenin -- a staged massacre. It will take several months before something like the true story emerges, from Qana. By which time no one will be listening. (The ideologues will continue citing the original lies, regardless.) And yet in both these cases -- Jenin and Qana -- indications of fakery were visible from the beginning.
The Israelis quickly released real-time aerial reconnaissance footage to show the Hezbollah firing rockets from between houses in Qana; then pulling the launchers immediately afterwards into civilian buildings. The Israeli military logged three air strikes around Qana in the course of the evening in question, including one next to the houses that were destroyed. So while it was possible the Israelis had dropped the bombs that killed 54 people -- coincidentally all women and children -- it was, at the worst, unintended "collateral damage" near a valid military target.
The Israelis had extensively leafleted Qana for more than a week before the air strikes, telling civilians to evacuate, and warning just what would happen. Over the same period, Hezbollah pumped 150 Katyusha rockets into northern Israel from in and around this village. Hezbollah are notorious for refusing to allow civilians to evacuate (as U.N. observers have attested), and even preventing their flight at gunpoint. The argument that people "could not get out because the Israelis had wrecked the infrastructure" is rubbish. Once invited by Hezbollah, journalists got into the village quickly, all the way from Beirut. It follows that Hezbollah bears not some, but all of the moral responsibility for civilian deaths at Qana.
But we are still assuming the Israeli air strikes collapsed the houses. That theory begins to crumble, itself, when you look at the times logged for the Israeli air strikes. The houses were first reported to have been destroyed more than seven hours after the air strike next to them (the other strikes were about half a kilometre away). And even if they collapsed by delayed effect, why were women and children allowed to spend the night in a building on the point of collapsing?
Now look at the media pictures. Immediately you see several fishy things. For one, bodies displayed to media are removed, successively, from a single neat hole in the ruins. There is no evidence of a rescue mission having been mounted, or of a continuing search for bodies elsewhere under the rubble. The battered bodies do not resemble those which are seen after most real explosions and building collapses: their wounds do not look recent. All the blood and gore seems to be on just one body.
Moreover, as bloggers such as "Eureferendum" have demonstrated, by juxtaposing press photos from various newspapers, the men showing off the bodies -- and identified in captions as "Lebanese rescue workers" -- are the same as had been present at previous alleged atrocities. They are obviously not rescue workers, but Hezbollah propaganda agents.
The way they are handling and displaying the bodies is entirely inconsistent with rescue work. For instance, they hold up a dead child's head for the cameras; they point to a pacifier still strung around his neck. But notice: the child's body is covered in plaster dust, but the pacifier is clean. Such evidence of staging is glaring, everywhere.
Obvious questions: Did all or any of the victims die at this site? Was the event staged to produce exactly the effect on "world opinion" that was achieved? And in a symbolic location, last used to a similar purpose in 1996?
I do not see how full-time journalists, specializing in the Middle East, can excuse themselves for not asking such questions immediately. I do not see why they cannot spot with their own eyes, what bloggers can spot in their photographs and reporting, thousands of miles away.
We know all about Hezbollah. It is for the journalists now to explain what they were doing, playing the clowns in an Hezbollah circus.
Update: Since this was written, I see the Lebanese Red Cross has reported the number of bodies at the site was 28, not the 54 or 57 that our press and TV took on faith from Hezbollah. And, persons presented as survivors adjusted the time of the incident to coincide better with the proximate air strike the Israelis logged. I have no idea what actually happened. But in the absence of a credible investigation, nobody else has, either; and the dramatic media presentation of the story "as told by Hezbollah" must be assigned to the annals of anti-Israeli propaganda, not journalism

The truth is that despite their early successes against Israel, Hezbollah cannot win this conflict if it continues much longer.

They must rely on world opinion to turn against Israel, even more than it was to begin with, in order to force a cease-fire, regroup and then start terrorizing Israel all over again.

By using human shields in order to guarantee that Israeli bombings always kill civilians, especially women and children, and then getting the media to report this news which makes Israel look bad, (they are always happy to do this by the way) they make it harder to justify Israel’s completely justifiable actions.

What most people fail to realize is that the world is full of Mel Gibson’s. Less talented, ugly Mel Gibson’s.

They are all over Europe and obviously everywhere in the Middle East.

While every educated individual with anything resembling a moral compass knows that Gibson’s views are ignorant and bigoted, what they don’t realize is that Gibson’s views are very similar to the views of a HUGE chunk of the world’s population and they’re not all Arabs.

They want to believe the worst about the Jews, just like many in our nation always want to believe the worst about the president, whoever he may be.

Just like any terrorist organization, you can’t trust Hezbollah to do the right thing or to tell the truth, so the responsibility lies with the media and the international community (UN, I’m looking in your direction) to be honest and not jump to conclusions due to their bias against Israel.

As Americans we should make no mistake as to who is to blame for this current situation. It’s Hezbollah, and we should take any attempt by the rest of the world to pin wrongdoing on Israel with a grain……..a brick of salt.

Remember, these images are the best weapon that the terrorists have in their arsenal, and as we know they are not squemish about destroying innocent life in order to achieve the desired effect. Not only will they sacrifice their own lives, but they will take the lives of those misguided, yet peaceful individuals who are on their side in order to win the holy war and of course achieve their long term goal of killing every Jew and American on the face of the planet.

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A Functionally Illiterate Parakeet said...

Wow Dan, you have gone freakin insane.

In your last post you commented "I'vre said it once and I'll say it again. When it comes to smear tactics both parties are guilty, but the Democrats and their allies on the left are far worse than their opponants and detractors." On your's and other blogs you've repeatedly pointed out the cheap shots used in politics when people compare Bush or anyone else to Hitler and Stalin. Then you turn around and use a picture of the UN building wearing a swastika and giving a nazi salute.

Come on Dan I thought you were above that shit. Don't cry about the debassed nature of political discourse when you're going to pull these stunts.

Falling Panda said...

You know what? I agree with you. I was thinking abou that earlier today and I think you're right. The picture comes down.

But make no mistake. I do believe that a sizeable portion of the UN and its leadership holds views very similar to those held by the Nazis in regards to the jews and the state of Israel.

A Functionally Illiterate Parakeet said...

While I don't disagree that there's a lot of anti-semitism in the world, it's worth pointing out that being anti-Israel isn't necessarily being an antisemite.

It's a very slippery slope from one to the other, but I can understand Palestinians, an to an incredibly far less extent Arabs, who feel aggrieved by the forced appearance of Israel in its current location.

After the holocaust Jewish people certainly deserved their own nation and that nation needed to be able to fully defend itself. Putting that nation where the current state of Israel is because that was the biblical (or Torahical) home of the Jews makes as much sense as dumping all the black people in America back into Africa several hundred years after the fact.

While Hezbollah, and their Iranian and Syrian backers, are solely to blame for the current violence in northern Israel and southern Lebanon I think we can all agree that the large scope of Middle Eastern problems is more complex than a sound bite or a single blog entry can surmise.

Anonymous said...

This is clearly yet another in a long series of tribal rivalry that began with Abraham's sons and will continue in one way or another until the end of time. We can analyze and point fingers until we're blue in the face. No matter what we say or do one side will blame the other for all of its problems and miseries for all of eternity. Both sides will commit atrocities and say that innocent martyrs are necessary. Both will make absurd demands of the other as long as there is breath in them. So I say leave them alone and let them kill each other off as they are so blasted determined to do so. God will sort it all out in the end. One has to wonder just what their ring of hell will be like.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure that ring of Hell will not have any virgins in it! It'll probably have 70 Hillarys instead.