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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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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
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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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To: SJackson

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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To: SJackson
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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To: SJackson

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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To: SJackson

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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To: SJackson

OK, someone save this quote.

Isn't this one of the same idiot talking heads that was saying that missile defense was impossible and that the program should be cut?


21 posted on 08/07/2006 10:49:52 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: SJackson
Washington Post--Speechless (IDF puposely letting Hezbollah kill Israel Citizens???)
22 posted on 08/07/2006 10:50:09 AM PDT by SJackson (The PilgrimsóDoing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do!)
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To: SJackson

Must be the new lib talking point:

Tom Ricks, you've covered a number of military conflicts, including Iraq, as I just mentioned. Is civilian casualties increasingly going to be a major media issue? In conflicts where you don't have two standing armies shooting at each other?
THOMAS RICKS, REPORTER, "THE WASHINGTON POST": I think it will be. But I think civilian casualties are also part of the battlefield play for both sides here. One of the things that is going on, according to some military analysts, is that Israel purposely has left pockets of Hezbollah rockets in Lebanon, because as long as they're being rocketed, they can continue to have a sort of moral equivalency in their operations in Lebanon.

KURTZ: Hold on, you're suggesting that Israel has deliberately allowed Hezbollah to retain some of it's fire power, essentially for PR purposes, because having Israeli civilians killed helps them in the public relations war here?

RICKS: Yes, that's what military analysts have told me.

KURTZ: That's an extraordinary testament to the notion that having people on your own side killed actually works to your benefit in that nobody wants to see your own citizens killed but it works to your benefit in terms of the battle of perceptions here.

RICKS: Exactly. It helps you with the moral high ground problem, because you know your operations in Lebanon are going to be killing civilians as well


23 posted on 08/07/2006 10:51:14 AM PDT by jsh3180
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To: SJackson

Oh, and Ms. Church? Israel doesn't have that capability. Neither does the US. Why? Because idiots like you got the funding for missile defense cut back in the 90s to fund things like "midnight basketball leagues" and such.

Israel and the US would have tactical missile defense systems in the field NOW if it weren't for you and people like you.


24 posted on 08/07/2006 10:51:59 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: SJackson

"can Israel shoot down Katyusha rockets?...unfortunately no"

sheesh. Even I knew that! Are they all nitwits???


25 posted on 08/07/2006 10:52:03 AM PDT by jackv (just shakin' my head)
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To: SJackson

i just heard this on Rushand you know what? I wouldn't be surprised if that was part of their strategy, as disturbing as it sounds. Rush thinks its nonesense but strategy wise, it makes a lot of sense. WAr is hell and sometimes difficult decisions need to be made to justify a larger strategy. I am saying they are doing this, but if they are, it wouldn't surprise me. And yes, I am pro Israel even though they spy on us!


26 posted on 08/07/2006 10:52:12 AM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (Put a mirror to the face of the republican party and all you'll see is a Donkey.)
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To: Timesink; martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; GOPJ; ...
(CNN International) Media Schadenfreude and Media Shenanigans PING
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.


27 posted on 08/07/2006 10:53:11 AM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: SJackson
"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."

Is she suggesting that the Israelis should be as incompetent in their targeting as Hezbollah? And would she like one of these "crude" rockets aimed at HER?
28 posted on 08/07/2006 10:53:47 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Personal Responsibility

CNN would throw a party if Israel were ever destroyed. And Christiane Amanpour would give a big toast! These people are truly despicable and they will never, ever change. There should be a ban on reporters in certain danger zones. Period.


29 posted on 08/07/2006 10:54:01 AM PDT by juliej (juliej)
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To: kesg

and these same MSM'ers aren't the least bit suspicious of what happened at Qana...


30 posted on 08/07/2006 10:54:14 AM PDT by Humbug (Thank you for taking the time to read this tagline.)
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To: Peach
These people are sick

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I haven't watched CNN since the week of 9/11. It was then that I finally recognized the overwhelming amount of bias contained in their programs. I suppose that's one reason this seems so shocking to me now. I no longer have an immunity. :)

31 posted on 08/07/2006 10:54:35 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: MAD-AS-HELL
I forgot to post this. Israel needs to smoke as many as they can. A good terrorist is a dead one with either an Israeli or American Bullet ih him/her or sent to hell via a air ordinance. Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
32 posted on 08/07/2006 10:54:49 AM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (Put a mirror to the face of the republican party and all you'll see is a Donkey.)
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To: yobid

Well, they say shooting down an ICBM is like trying to hit a bullet with a bullet.


33 posted on 08/07/2006 10:55:16 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Clam down and try to enjoy the rest of your day.)
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To: Peach

CNN kisses the butt of the international community so the countries will allow them access to broadcast.

This started with Iraq during desert storm. CNN got rights to broadcast from Baghdad as long as it was pro-Iraq.

That is when most of us decided that the Chicken Noodle Network was anti American.


34 posted on 08/07/2006 10:56:23 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Democrats - The reason we need term limits)
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To: Humbug

Well, I think this represents a tacit admission that the qana massacre was a lie, because she's trying to draw a moral equivalency with what the hexbos did there.


35 posted on 08/07/2006 10:58:23 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Clam down and try to enjoy the rest of your day.)
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To: Andy from Beaverton
Actually the Israelis can shoot down rockets. They have the Arrow, the Patriot and a laser system, all capable of shooting down the rockets Hezbollah uses.
However a single Arrow or Patriot cost more than hundreds of rockets! Shooting them at every rocket headed their way would quickly expend all the missiles Israel has and bankrupt Israel. Better to save 'em for something coming in from the direction Iran...
The laser system only works over a range of a few kilometers, subject to weather conditions (similar to the THEL - Tactical High Energy Laser), and requires barrels loads of expensive (and toxic!) chemicals to keep shooting. Israel also doesn't have very many of them (might have only one?). They definitely don't have enough to cover the border.

So, as usual, the Commie News Network is twisting the news to server their political agenda.

Somebody get a rope...
36 posted on 08/07/2006 10:58:32 AM PDT by Little Ray (If you want to be a martyr, we want to martyr you.)
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To: kesg
It's not an Islamo-facist plot. It's not a giant conspiracy. It is simply the left exhibiting its BDS, Bush Derangement Syndrome. Anything he agrees with must be bad, any ally of his must be evil etc...

A conspiracy so vast that it encompassed the MSM, 30% of the American Public, most of Europe etc...would be impossible to sustain. It is far, far more likely that in their hatred of President Bush, they are simply ready to believe anything that casts his allies and him in a bad light.
37 posted on 08/07/2006 10:58:36 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Amnesia is a train of thought.)
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To: MAD-AS-HELL

He should not be allowed to smoke. /s


38 posted on 08/07/2006 10:58:57 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Clam down and try to enjoy the rest of your day.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

This is a move by the MSM to try to get Israeli sentiment against the government as a "why haven't you protected us."

This is designed to get Israelis to beg for a cease fire so they will not be hit with rockets anymore.


39 posted on 08/07/2006 10:59:08 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Democrats - The reason we need term limits)
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To: SJackson

Rosemary is brain dead.


40 posted on 08/07/2006 10:59:13 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: SJackson

Let's not forget to give thanks to the democRATs for their decades of obstruction to first SDI and now BMD, ensuring that democracies around the globe remain defenseless against most anything ballistically launched into their territory.


41 posted on 08/07/2006 11:00:07 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Tom Gallagher, the anti-Crist [FL 2006 Governor race])
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To: weegee

More proof that CNN only hires liberal drug addicts with severe STD infections of their CNS system, which makes them spew hatred of Israel and the USA like this bs.


42 posted on 08/07/2006 11:00:31 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist Homosexual Lunatic wet dreams posing as journalism)
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To: Little Ray
"Actually the Israelis can shoot down rockets"

No, they cannot. All that followed your 1st sentence (above) indicates that to be the fact.

43 posted on 08/07/2006 11:01:59 AM PDT by Eagles Talon IV
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To: jsh3180
"RICKS: Yes, that's what military analysts have told me"

Dear Mr. Ricks, what you pull out of your a** does not count as "what military analysts told me...." neither does anything from charlatans like Larry Johnson, Ray McGovern, et al. We already know your agenda is to hate Israel, hate America, and defend the Islamo-fascists. Thanks for confirming that you are an enemy propagandist.
44 posted on 08/07/2006 11:02:05 AM PDT by Enchante (Democrats do want to see victory in the War on Terror.......just not for our side........)
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Reach out and touch your local CNN stringer.

Let them feel the love.

45 posted on 08/07/2006 11:02:48 AM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: Eagles Talon IV

If that is the way you want to interpret it...


46 posted on 08/07/2006 11:03:07 AM PDT by Little Ray (If you want to be a martyr, we want to martyr you.)
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To: holdonnow; AliVeritas

If you haven't already- you need to see this.


47 posted on 08/07/2006 11:07:07 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet-pray for Israel))
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To: SJackson
While I have no doubt that CNN, and this editor, really do have an anti-Israel bias, I don't see a problem here.

If we start by assuming that this woman thought MTHEL was operational, then her follow-on question makes a great deal of sense -- you or I would ask precisely the same question!

48 posted on 08/07/2006 11:07:19 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: r9etb

Erm.... "anchor," not "editor."


49 posted on 08/07/2006 11:08:34 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: SJackson

I hear they have a few land-based Phalanx systems, but these are only good for point-defense. No way to defend even just Haifa with those, you would need dozens, and then there would the the collateral damage problems of all that ammo coming back down.


50 posted on 08/07/2006 11:09:49 AM PDT by buwaya
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