Skip to comments.Hezbollywood? Evidence mounts that Qana collapse and deaths were staged
Posted on 07/31/2006 2:18:11 AM PDT by BlueSky194
It was to be a perfect Hollywood ending for Hezbollah. Just as the Israeli bombing of the village of Qana in 1996 brought a premature end to Israel's "Grapes of Wrath operation," so too a sequel of Qana II could change, once and for all, the direction of Israel's current summer blockbuster, "Change of Direction." Ten years ago, world condemnation of an errant Israeli shell that hit a civilian compound forced then-PM Shimon Peres to curtail the offensive against terror bases.
The setting was also perfect: Kana was again being used as a primary site for launching rockets against Israeli cities. The IDF reported that more than 150 rockets had been launched from Qana and its vicinity at Israeli civilians, wreaking destruction in Kiryat Shmona, Maalot, Nahariya and Haifa. It was only a matter of time before the Israeli Air Force would come for a visit, using pinpoint targeting of the sites used to launch rockets, Hezbollah logistical centers and weapon storage facilities.
On the morning of July 30, according to the IDF, the air force came in three waves. In the first, between midnight and one in the morning, there was a strike at or near the building that eventually collapsed. There was a second strike at other targets far from the collapse building several hours later, and a third strike at around 7:30 in the morning. There too the nearest hit was some 460 meters away, according to the IDF. But first reports of a building collapse came only around 8 am.
Thus there was an unexplained 7 to 8 hour gap between the time of the helicopter strike and the building collapse. Brigadier General Amir Eshel, Head of the Air Force Headquarters, in a press briefing, told journalists that "the attack on the structure in the Qana village took place between midnight and one in the morning. The gap between the timing of the collapse of the building and the time of the strike on it is unclear."
Gen. Eshel appeared genuinely mystified by the gap in time. He "I'm saying this very carefully, because at this time I don't have a clue as to what the explanation could be for this gap," he added.
The army's only explanation was that somehow there was unexploded Hezbollah ordnance in the building that only detonated much later.
"It could be that inside the building, things that could eventually cause an explosion were being housed, things that we could not blow up in the attack, and maybe remained there, Brigadier General Eshel said.
Eshel reported that as recently as two days ago, military intelligence reported the building area had been used by the terrorists for storage or firing of weapons. It was a bad place to cram dozens of women and children.
There are other mysteries. The roof of the building was intact. Journalist Ben Wedeman of CNN noted that there was a larger crater next to the building, but observed that the building appeared not to have collapsed as a result of the Israeli strike.
Why would the civilians who had supposedly taken shelter in the basement of the building not leave after the post-midnight attack? They just went back to sleep and had the bad luck to wait for the building to collapse in the morning?
What we do know is that sometime after dawn a call went hour to journalists and rescue workers to come to the scene. And come they did.
While Hezbollah and its apologists have been claiming that civilians could not freely flee the scene due to Israeli destruction of bridges and roads, the journalists and rescue teams from nearby Tyre had no problem getting there.
Lebanese rescue teams did not start evacuating the building until the morning and only after the camera crews came. The absence of a real rescue effort was explained by saying that equipment was lacking. There were no scenes of live or injured people being extracted.
There was little blood, CNN's Wedeman noted: all the victims, he concluded, appeared to have died while as they were sleeping -- sleeping, apparently, through thunderous Israeli air attacks. Rescue workers equipped with cameras were removing the bodies from the same opening in the collapsed structure. Journalists were not allowed near the collapsed building.
Rescue workers filmed as they went carried the victims on the stretchers, occasionally flipping up the blankets so that cameras could show the faces and bodies of the dead.
But Israelis steeled to scenes of carnage from Palestinian suicide bombings and Hezbollah rocket attack could not help but notice that these victims did not look like our victims. Their faces were ashen gray. Their limbs appeared to have stiffened, from rigor mortis. Neither were effects that would have resulted from an Israeli attack hours before. These were bodies that looked like they had been dead for days.
Viewers can judge for themselves. But the accumulating evidence suggests another explanation for what happened at Kana. The scenario would be a setup in which the time between the initial Israeli bombing near the building and morning reports of its collapse would have been used to "plant" bodies killed in previous fighting -- reports in previous days indicated that nearby Tyre was used as a temporary morgue -- place them in the basement, and then engineer a "controlled demolition" to fake another Israeli attack.
The well-documented use by Palestinians of this kind of faked footage -- from the alleged shooting of Mohammed Dura in Gaza, scenes from Jenin of "dead" victims falling off gurneys and then climbing back on -- have merited the creation of a new film genre called "Palliwood."
There is increasing evidence that the Kana sequel is another episode in this genre, a variety which might be called Hezbollywood. The Hezbollah have evidently learned their craft well.
The current suspension of Israeli military air activity is supposedly intended, among other things, to be used for the investigation of what really happened at Qana. It is to be hoped that there are real journalists on the scene, and unbiased medical examiners, who will have the courage and intelligence to sort out the anomalies and contradictions, and get to the buried truth of what happened.
There is no shortage of victims in Lebanon and Israel these days. From this vantage point, at this time, it looks like in the case of Qana, the world's media was duped in a cruel and colossal hoax by a terror organization that knows no moral bounds in its exploitation of suffering and anti-Israel hatred. But, as usual, the only party expected to pay the full price will be Israelis.
Yes, it would be a Hollywood ending for it all to end in Qana, exactly as it did a decade ago. But perfect endings, and perfect crimes, are rarely pulled off in real life.
Israelis will not be able to investigate this claim directly. The question remains whether honest men and women of other nationalities will let this likely lie stand or press for the revelation of the improbable and inconvenient truth.
This is just plain disturbing, from every angle. Some eyewitness reports talked about the continous bombing that is contradictory to the timing of the Israeli reports.
Someone doesn't have their facts straight. And really there's not a whole lot to be determined in any of this yet. Either way, there's a lot of dead women and children and either Hezbollah brought it on these civilians or they had a direct hand in it.
The next step in this parade, which has been coming for many years, is that only the bad guys can wage war.
what is so far just questions, if answers come that hezbully's did it, these animals will still stand by them
It will just be a Zionist plot.
It does have a "Racack" like smell to it. Could it have been an accumulation of bodies from previous strikes? Maybe even murdered families of some opposed to hezbollah.
Good luck with that: dead bodies are, as always, a feeding frenzy for the media.
Journalists -- CNN comes to mind -- have documented the fact that Hezbollah controls media access to these scenes of civilian casualties, and doesn't allow cameras on the scene until they have set the stage (cleared the ordnance, etc.) for maximum media impact.
Storing dead bodies, whether used in this case or not, isn't a new trick either. It's been reported that Saddam would store the dead bodies of children in advance of planned demonstrations showcasing the alleged affects of the boycott -- marching the bodies of dead children through the streets.
When the west comes to the realization that the pictures of these dead -- so shocking and heartbreaking to civilized sensibilities -- mean absolutely nothing to those whose sensibilities have been distorted and deadened from childhood by brutal child-rearing practices and violent ideology, we may then be able to summon the courage to resist the manipulation and defeat the ruthless.
And I am sure Mr. syriana, George Clooney is applauding.
I don't know if anyone else has mentioned this, but ALL the the rescuers had what looked like brand new clothing, none of it looked used or dirty.
None of them appeared to "veterans" of lots of work, which would be the case if they were doing this work day in day out. They all looked as if they had just been kitted out, or changed out of their fighting kit.
Their limbs appeared to have stiffened, from rigor mortis. Neither were effects that would have resulted from an Israeli attack hours before. These were bodies that looked like they had been dead for days...
Thanks for posting this article. Curiouser and curiouser said Alice...
July 30 2006
A Lebanese Shia explains how Hezbollah uses human shields
In a letter to the editor of the Berlin left-wing daily Die Tageszeitung.
A Lebanese Shia explains how after Israel?s withdrawal from South Lebanon, Hezbollah stored rockets in bunkers in his town and built a school and residence over it.
I lived until 2002 in a small southern village near Mardshajund that is inhabited by a majority of Shias like me. After Israel left Lebanon, it did not take long for Hezbollah to take have its say in other towns. Received as successful resistance fighters and armed to the teeth, they stored rockets in bunkers in our town as well.
The social work of the Party of God consisted in building a school and a residence over these bunkers! A local sheikh explained to me laughing that the Jews would lose in any event because the rockets would either be fired at them or if they attacked the rockets depots, they would be condemned by world opinion on account of the dead civilians.
These people do not care about the Lebanese population, they use them as shields, and, once dead, as propaganda.
As long as they continue existing there, there will be no tranquility and peace.
Even if honest persons were to investigate, you can dismiss the notion that the MSM will do any real reporting on the matter.
Bookmark for any futher discussion of gassing, absence of blood, and those mysteriously undisturbed walls...
and a ping
See this blog post (warning for very explicit pictures!):
These people do not care about the Lebanese population, they use them as shields, and, once dead, as propaganda.
What can one say but God Bless Israel and give her strength and courage to prevail...
There is no doubt that the pictures were staged. Same "rescue worker" in several shots. This guy is far more interested in milking the dead than "rescuing" any survivors.