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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

All the world's a stage. Especially Qana.

I am not a big fan of conspiracy theories, but this post from Confederate Yankee based on this Israel Insider report is convincing me that Qana is a staged bit of theatre, with the building collapse being done by Hezbollah and the dead bodies being sent from Tyre to Qana for the benefit of the gullible world press. (Warning - pictures of dead people.)

What is indisputable is that Hezbollah, especially the "Green Helmet Man", paraded the same dead baby in front of cameras for a very, very long time.

Keep in mind that Hezbollah keeps very tight control over what reporters can see and when.

Read those articles along with this one from Riehl World View. The evidence isn't "Loose Change" stuff - I know how easy it is to "raise questions" about any historic event, and Holocaust deniers have done it for decades. The problems with this story are far deeper than that, and the alternate explanation passes Occam's Razor. Recent history shows that it is more than plausible that Hezbollah would stage everything from the building collapse to the transportation of bodies - and possibly the Beirut protests as well.

UPDATE: Backspin brings more evidence, although it does not appear as credible to me :
1. A huge anti-Qana poster was erected in Beirut in a remarkably short amount of time. I'm a little skeptical of this only because it would assume a much, much larger conspiracy. My guess is that a large inkjet plotter could make a sign in that timeframe but Iam no expert.

2. The Red Cross says that 28 bodies were recovered, not 57. This is something but in general I would discount that as well without any other evidence - exaggerating the number dead is not nearly as egregious as staging the entire event (except in the case of Jenin, when dozens turned into hundreds.)

3. Christians in Lebanon are claiming that Hezbollah staged it, transporting disabled children to the building in Qana for Israel to bomb it. This doesn't make sense at all to me - Lebanese Christians are not the most reliably truthful people either, and it sounds more like propaganda than a verifiable report.

I would love tosee a real reporter who was on the ground at Qana look at the evidence mentioned above on the other blogs and comment. Someone on the ground can much more easily disprove or bolster those arguments.