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CNN Anchor Charges Israel Intentionally Allowing Hezbollah Rockets to Hit
Camera.org ^ | 8-7-06

Posted on 08/07/2006 10:41:15 AM PDT by SJackson

In the course of a hostile interview on July 30 with Israeli spokesperson Miri Eisen, CNN International anchor Rosemary Church actually charged that Israel could shoot down the Hezbollah Katyusha rockets that have rained down on the country, but has chosen not to try:

ROSEMARY CHURCH: But they’re crude rockets aren’t they, and after all their impact has been minimal compared to the impact of Israeli strikes on Lebanon. Explain something to us, why would you not try to be shooting these missiles, these Katyusha missiles, or rockets, we should say, they’re not missiles at all, they’re rockets. Why would Israel not be trying to shoot them out of the sky? They  they have the capability to do that.

 

 

Before dealing with the implications of the CNN anchor’s assertion, let’s first dispose of the technical issue – can Israel shoot down Katyusha rockets?

The answer is unfortunately no. Israel and the United States have been jointly trying to develop such a system known as MTHEL (Mobile Tactical High Energy Laser), and even tested a prototype at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. But according to MTHEL is still only in the development phase, and is not scheduled for deployment until at least 2007.

So Ms. Church was misinformed – at this time neither Israel nor the United States has the ability to shoot down Katyusha rockets on the battlefield.

But far more disturbing than Ms. Church’s perhaps understandable ignorance about missile defense was her implied charge that Israel could shoot down the Katyushas but has chosen not to. Clearly, a country that could defend against Katyusha rockets but instead allows its citizens to be killed by them is capable of anything, no matter how monstrous. Which raises the question of what exactly is the culture in the CNN International newsroom that such extremely hostile and distorted views about Israel can apparently exist? And how heinous would an anti-Israel charge have to be for Ms. Church and her editors to think it worth fact-checking before broadcasting it?



TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2006israelwar; antisemite; bigfatliars; cnn; cnninternational; dajooz; hezbollah; islamoganda; israel; jihaditalkingpoints; mediabias; mediawar; proterrorist; rosemarychurch; usefulidiot
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1 posted on 08/07/2006 10:41:17 AM PDT by SJackson
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To: SJackson

What are they putting in the water over at CNN? These people are sick. They're worse than Neville Chamberlains.


2 posted on 08/07/2006 10:43:23 AM PDT by Peach (Prayers for Israel and all who love her.)
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To: SJackson
Following the moral equivalence path down the other side, Hezbollah could target Israeli military bases instead of civilian areas but they do not. Could it be that they just want to kill Israeli civilians?
3 posted on 08/07/2006 10:43:38 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Amnesia is a train of thought.)
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4 posted on 08/07/2006 10:43:58 AM PDT by SJackson (The PilgrimsóDoing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do!)
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To: SJackson

Rush was just playing some (male) dope's comments along the same line, that Israel is deliberately allowing some of the rocket launchers to stay in place for PR purposes. Amazing.


5 posted on 08/07/2006 10:44:10 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: SJackson

LMAO, what a moron!! What are they suppose to do, will them out of the sky?? Get real you idiot. From what I understand the Patriots are ineffective against small rockets and only usuable against missiles. Once again, CNN proves itself to be Al Jazeera lite.


6 posted on 08/07/2006 10:44:11 AM PDT by MikeA (Not voting out of anger in November is a vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House)
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Okay, a pattern is developing here. This is the second time today that I seen a lamestream media type peddle this ludicrous and looney notion. I don't recall seeing it before today. And this positively reeks of yet another Islamofascist-inspired conspiracy theory, on a par with the claim that the Jews and the United States were actually behind 9/11.


7 posted on 08/07/2006 10:44:54 AM PDT by kesg
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To: SJackson

Appropriate cross thread link...
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1679263/posts


8 posted on 08/07/2006 10:45:12 AM PDT by pissant
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It's one thing to shoot down a rocket with a high trajectory and a long time in flight. It's another thing to shoot down something traveling at the speed of sound traveling only 25 miles. I could step out of the way of a sharp shooter trying to shoot me from a mile away. I couldn't do it if he was 20 paces away.
9 posted on 08/07/2006 10:45:27 AM PDT by Andy from Beaverton (I only vote Republican to stop the Democrats)
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To: SJackson

I guess Tom Ricks from the WaPost isn't the only one thinking this.


10 posted on 08/07/2006 10:45:43 AM PDT by pissant
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To: MikeA
Once again, CNN proves itself to be Al Jazeera lite.
11 posted on 08/07/2006 10:45:44 AM PDT by kesg
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To: SJackson

By the way, this shows what idiots news anchors are that they don't get the difference between rockets and missiles. Rockets cannot be currently shot down with existing anti-missile defenses. What fools.


12 posted on 08/07/2006 10:46:10 AM PDT by MikeA (Not voting out of anger in November is a vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House)
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To: MikeA
Try shooting down a bottle rocket with a BB gun. That's about the same odds as IDF would have.
13 posted on 08/07/2006 10:46:18 AM PDT by yobid (Islam is a disease and its death is the cure - deus clypus meus)
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To: MikeA
Once again, CNN proves itself to be Al Jazeera lite.

They occasionally veer into "Al Jazeera on steroids" territory.

14 posted on 08/07/2006 10:46:33 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: SJackson

The credible and professional CNN reporter at work again.

Trash news.


15 posted on 08/07/2006 10:47:39 AM PDT by Red6
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So it's Israel's fault that these wild rockets (with no guidance system) are being allowed to hit? Where do they find these idiots for CNN?


16 posted on 08/07/2006 10:48:50 AM PDT by TommyDale (It's time to dismiss the Duke fake rape case, Mr. Nifong!)
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To: SJackson

Yes, and we have the capability of changing the channel off CNN.


17 posted on 08/07/2006 10:48:59 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: SJackson

CNN is terrorism's mouthpiece. They should be considered legitimate targets.


18 posted on 08/07/2006 10:49:12 AM PDT by Lexington Green (Peace Through Victory)
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To: SJackson

Those darned Israeli's are responsible everything.

Kind of reminds me of the way my son argues. When I ask him why he pours Kool-Aid on the carpet he tells me that it was my fault for not stopping him.


19 posted on 08/07/2006 10:49:15 AM PDT by contemplator (Capitalism gets no Rock Concerts)
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The Israeli's are bombing themselves...they are shooting one another to gain zionist sympathy from their American lacky dog allies....now for a commercial....THIS IS CNN.

20 posted on 08/07/2006 10:49:33 AM PDT by Vaquero (time again for the Crusades.)
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