Hezbollywood

It is not just me noticing the weirdness around what is going on with the media and Qana. Israeli Insider also dubs it 'Hezbollywood'.

It was to be a perfect Hollywood ending for Hezbollah. Just as the Israeli bombing of the village of Qana in 1996 brought a premature end to Israel's Operation "Grapes of Wrath," so too a sequel of Qana II could change, once and for all, the direction of Israel's current summer blockbuster, "Change of Direction." Ten years ago, world condemnation of an errant Israeli shell that hit a civilian compound forced then-PM Shimon Peres to curtail the offensive against terror bases.

The setting was also perfect: Kana was again being used as a primary site for launching rockets against Israeli cities. The IDF reported that more than 150 rockets had been launched from Qana and its vicinity at Israeli civilians, wreaking destruction in Kiryat Shmona, Maalot, Nahariya and Haifa. It was only a matter of time before the Israeli Air Force would come for a visit, using pinpoint targeting of the sites used to launch rockets, Hezbollah logistical centers and weapon storage facilities.

On the morning of July 30, according to the IDF, the air force came in three waves. In the first, between midnight and one in the morning, there was a strike at or near the building that eventually collapsed. There was a second strike at other targets far from the collapse building several hours later, and a third strike at around 7:30 in the morning. There too the nearest hit was some 460 meters away, according to the IDF. But first reports of a building collapse came only around 8 am.

Thus there was an unexplained 7 to 8 hour gap between the time of the helicopter strike and the building collapse. Brigadier General Amir Eshel, Head of the Air Force Headquarters, in a press briefing, told journalists that "the attack on the structure in the Qana village took place between midnight and one in the morning. The gap between the timing of the collapse of the building and the time of the strike on it is unclear."

Gen. Eshel appeared genuinely mystified by the gap in time. He "I'm saying this very carefully, because at this time I don't have a clue as to what the explanation could be for this gap," he added.

The army's only explanation was that somehow there was unexploded Hezbollah ordnance in the building that only detonated much later.

"It could be that inside the building, things that could eventually cause an explosion were being housed, things that we could not blow up in the attack, and maybe remained there, Brigadier General Eshel said.

Eshel reported that as recently as two days ago, military intelligence reported the building area had been used by the terrorists for storage or firing of weapons. It was a bad place to cram dozens of women and children.

There are other mysteries. The roof of the building was intact. Journalist Ben Wedeman of CNN noted that there was a larger crater next to the building, but observed that the building appeared not to have collapsed as a result of the Israeli strike.

Why would the civilians who had supposedly taken shelter in the basement of the building not leave after the post-midnight attack? They just went back to sleep and had the bad luck to wait for the building to collapse in the morning?

This is a must read. There are too many things starting to look very odd right now. There needs to be a full – and fair – investigation into this event. There are too many indications that manipulation is going on and all is not as the media would have us believe.

UPDATE: Confederate Yankee also has questions.

UPDATE: All Things Beautiful,

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12 Responses to Hezbollywood

  1. crosspatch says:

    “There was little blood, CNN’s Wedeman noted: all the victims, he concluded, appeared to have died while as they were sleeping — sleeping, apparently, through thunderous Israeli air attacks.”

    This makes me wonder what if the collapse was due to a gas explosion? If the nearby strike ruptured a gas line and those people suffocated, they would appear to be sleeping or if there was a gas explosion that caused CO to settle in the basement, that would also cause casualties to appear to be sleeping.

  2. Gaius says:

    CO would make them look rosy and pink, even in death.

  3. Undertoad says:

    I am pro-Israel but I think this will turn out to be fog of war. The midnight attack collapsed the building; it took until morning to determine what happened and call for rescue workers. This is not hard to believe in a war zone overnight.

    The Israeli air force brig. gen’l who thought the building collapsed at 7am was probably reacting to the fact that there was that other IDF sortie at that time.

    The story from the Lebanese on the ground was that the building went at 1am. The ashen bodies and rigor mortis confirm that.

  4. Gaius says:

    The Israelis have video of artillery rockets being launched from behind the building.

  5. Phil says:

    Hezbollah is a group of cowardly (but not stupid) terrorists. They fire missiles into populated Israeli cities from innocent lebonese civilian areas. They hide amongst innocents.

    What can anyone do? Allow the missiles and not fire since they could hurt civilians? It is incumbent that Lebanon chase away the cancer that is killing it’s people. Why is this so difficult? Why? http://www.what-a-world.com

  6. Bill Franklin says:

    > The Israelis have video of artillery rockets being launched from
    > behind the building.

    This turns out to be false information or disinformation…kind of like when the US said we didn’t use WP as a tactical weapon, then we admitted we did.

    “It now appears that the military had no information on rockets launched from the site of the building, or the presence of Hezbollah men at the time.”
    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/745185.html

    The important thing is that the Arab world sees the weapons and support the United States is giving to Israel, which will increase the hatred of the US by Arabs. You have to wonder how giving weapons and support to Israel make the United States a safer place.

    Certainly Hezbollah is scum of the earth, but my question to you all: How did Hezbollah rise to power? Military coup? No… Wait, democracy you say? They were *voted* into power?!? I’m confused, I thought democracy was the be-all-end-all that we’re trying implement in Iraq. Would an elected Hezbollah leadership be better for the United States then a secular tyrant? At least you can reason with a secular tyrant…

  7. Gaius says:

    Quote the whole thing, don’t do movie review quotes. It’s beneath you.

    The site was included in an IAF plan to strike at several buildings in proximity to a previous launching site. Similar strikes were carried out in the past. However, there were no rocket launches from Qana on the day of the strike.

    When and if the condemnation of Hezbollah is exactly the same – when they are held to the same standard, then you may have a basis for disagreement. To do less shows a bias.

  8. Bill Franklin says:

    You claimed there was a video, and there wasn’t. That isn’t doing movie review quotes, that’s telling the truth.

    I can’t parse your second paragraph. Is the implication that you are unbiased? You had a previous post where you sounded like a 9/11 conspiracy theorist- “Item: On Sept 11, Dick Cheney was running war games simulating a hijacking. Item: Our off-course detection systems worked flawlessly over 60 times in the year before 9/11. Item: blah blah” Really, it sounded desperate, and anything but biased. Do you hold those who comment here to a higher standard then you hold yourself to?

  9. Gaius says:

    What in hell are you talking about?

  10. Gaius says:

    Video is here:

    http://www.floppingaces.net/2006/07/29/pictures-showing-the-cowardly-hezbollah/

    I never posted anything remotely like what you said I did about Cheney.

  11. Bill Franklin says:

    This post, with all the “item:”s, has the tone of a 9/11 conspiracy nut who believes 9/11 was an inside job (which is absurd): http://bluecrabboulevard.com/2006/07/30/isnt-this-odd/

    You said “The Israelis have video of artillery rockets being launched from behind the building.” But as the “movie quote” snippet makes clear, they did not in fact have a video of artillery rockets being fired from *the* building. Just setting the record straight, not writing a movie review.

  12. Gaius says:

    It details a list of questionable things that should be given a hard look. You want to come around with the new lefty talking point that attempts to throw a smear on it – answer the questions. Then we can talk. And the video clearly shows artillery rockets being fired from behind the building, so what exactly is your point?

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