Friday, August 04, 2006

False Massacres?

This afternoon we take a look at the 'massacres' that have been committed by the Israeli Defense Force during their incursion into Lebanon, aimed at stopping daily rocket attacks on their citizens.

The most recent massacre was at Qana on August 2nd. There are conflicting reports about what the building was and what really happened.

From what I can tell, that building in Qana was being used as a base to shoot rocket attacks at Israel. Hez-Bo-Allah (got that one from someone else's blog) uses this tactic as a guerilla fighting force. They shoot rockets out from a civilian building or area, then race away, and when the building is bombed, they claim Israel created a massacre.

Well, that appears to be exactly what has happened. Not only that, but there is a discrepancy in the details:

1) The building collapsed 7-8 hours after initially 'hit' by Israeli bombs; why would the people in the building wait 8 hours to evacuate a building that was just bombed?

2) The building did not appear to have suffered a direct hit:

"In addition, as Reuven Koret writes for IsraelInsider, the bombing of the area occurred in three waves. The first bombs, according to CNN correspondent Brent Sadler, did not hit the building in question, but rather landed "20 or 30 meters" away. The second strike hit targets further away, and the third strike, around 7:30 in the morning, landed over 400 meters away. The first reports of a collapsed building arrived a half-hour later.

Another CNN correspondent, Ben Wedeman, noted that there was a larger crater next to the building. He observed that the roof of the building was intact and that the building appeared not to have collapsed as a result of the Israeli strike."

CNN, not usually the most pro Israeli, actually had some decent comments to make. My standpoint at this point? Bombs landed too close to a civilian building where rockets were being launched, and the whole thing was blown seriously out of proportion.


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