Skip to comments.CNN Anchor Charges Israel Intentionally Allowing Hezbollah Rockets to Hit
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 theyre crude rockets arent 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, theyre not missiles at all, theyre 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 anchors assertion, lets 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. Churchs 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?
What are they putting in the water over at CNN? These people are sick. They're worse than Neville Chamberlains.
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.
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.
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.
Appropriate cross thread link...
I guess Tom Ricks from the WaPost isn't the only one thinking this.
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.
They occasionally veer into "Al Jazeera on steroids" territory.
The credible and professional CNN reporter at work again.
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?
Yes, and we have the capability of changing the channel off CNN.
CNN is terrorism's mouthpiece. They should be considered legitimate targets.
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.
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.
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