July 24, 2006

"We are all Hezbollah now"

No, not this demonstration in London, but this equally shameless CNN reporting in Lebanon:

Politics creeps into the ward like the blood that runs on the floors. "Clearly he is Hezbollah," says one of the doctors outside the room -- sarcastically referring to 8-year-old Mahmood, whose screams can be heard from the hallway. His screams now blend with the wails of his mother, matching the baby's cries.

The hospital ward begins to teem with members of the international press. They all have blue flak jackets that say "press" on the front. They carry microphones, cameras, radios and satellite phones, and have local guides to translate.

Today, as I finish I am sitting in the same spot and the shells are still falling. Hezbollah rockets are firing toward northern Israel. I can imagine another reporter, in another flak jacket, standing over an 8-year old Israeli boy.

I'll finish by asking another question: Are any of us making a difference?

Certainly these "journalists" are trying to make a difference. CNN reports on this conflict have been reliably biased, and this is no exception, which becomes apparent if you read the rest of this article.

Focussing on the always sympathic victims, the women and young children killed and injured by Israeli bombs, the CNN reporter studiously avoids questioning the Lebanese Shia culture that supports and lionizes Hezbollah even now.

That would be too much like real, unbiased reporting, and we wouldn't want that, would we?

Posted by Confederate Yankee at July 24, 2006 01:11 AM | TrackBack

It is pretty disturbing how much time CNN has spent on reporting simply the Hezbollah/Lebanese side, with barely anything on the Israeli side.

They are showing their true colors, considering how much access they have to Hezbollah.

Posted by: William Teach at July 24, 2006 08:10 AM

Maybe those doctors will support a Lebanese government that does not allow attacks on neighboring nations from their soil. Though that requires a little more thought than coughing up some cheap old "Mash" sentiment.

The through the looking glass sensibilities of the MSM and their chosen spokesmen is just amazing. Everything I hear supporting Lebanon/Iran/Syria's proxy killers (Hezbollah and other bad actors) seems to boil down to "they (Israel) aren't supposed to fight back when we kill them".

Posted by: iconoclast at July 24, 2006 09:53 AM

The 8 years old child is not a terrorist. He must not be attacked.
But what about his parents? They support the Hezbollah that aims to kill as many Israelis as possible. They host the Hezbollah terrorists and weapon. They have elected Hezbollah representatives as members of the Lebanese government and they support the Lebanese government that sits back and while Hezbollah attack Israeli civilians and soldiers at Israeli soil.

Posted by: msayag at July 24, 2006 10:36 AM

Actually, the putzes at CNN would have to imagine it - no one in the western MSM is bothering to cover the Israeli casualties for fear of appearing to "support" Israel).

msayag is right, but he also forgets to mention that they are probably hosting the terrorists, and at this stage are probably related to them somehow.

A funny thing here: he describes a room teeming with international reporters, flak-jacketed (no doubt healthy) and shoving each other out of the way to stand next in line to profit off this child's misery. Just another day in Media Land, check your morals at the door. He imagines another reporter with an Israeli boy because it keeps him from having to admit to himself that he's a ghoul, just like every other reporter out there. "Are any of us making any difference?" Heck, yes, you scuzbag - you're aiding the enemy!

Posted by: Katje at July 24, 2006 06:59 PM

the CNN reporter "studiously avoids" questioning the culture from which hezbollah springs, because this is plainly not an issue to the 8 year old boy who has been injured by israeli bombs. it is worth noting that out of the 384 people who have died in the latest conflict (at last count, in the newspaper today) only 40 have been israeli; the lebanese dead have been, overwhelmingly, civilians, and in exponentially greater numbers. there is no question of israel's right to exist, and to deal firmly with the terrorist guerrillas of hezbollah; at issue is the free pass it is getting to do so, with US-purchased weapons, in any way it chooses, with any and all civilian casualties on the lebanese side written off as an "unfortunate consequence." such "collateral damage" can only be excused if the civilian dead are outnumbered by military dead, and incidental, rather than central to, the military strategy being pursued. in the current conflict, israeli arms and men (subsidized extensively by the united states) have killed far more civilians than militants, and the overwhelming percentage of infrastructure destroyed has been civilian, rather than military. were an arab government to do to israel, in exactly the same way, what israel is doing now to lebanon, we would hear no end of allegations of "war crimes" and "hate-mongering." a point can be made about the moral bankruptcy of hezbollah. mainstream conservative commentators and the supposedly "liberal" media are making a different case entirely. by framing and reporting the issue as they do, they suggest that the wholesale murder of lebanese civilians, and destruction of lebanese civilian infrastructure, remain perfectly justified so long as israel's stated aims are retaliation against a militia group whose only relation to the majority of lebanon is a geographical location and a shared religion. our foreign policy objectives implicitly justify this, by asserting that only one of the belligerent parties, and moreover that with the most firepower (israel) has the right to ask concessions of the other.

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Posted by: Josef at July 25, 2006 03:57 PM


Allowing Hezbollah and other assorted vermin to control southern Lebanon, allowing those vermin to setup their CiC structure in Beirut, and allowing same vermin to commit acts of war against Israel means that Lebanon committed an act of war against Israel. Israel has the responsibility to destroy this threat to its people as quickly and as decisively as possible. Stating that Hezbollah has no relation to Lebanon--other than operating on their soil with their permission (since there have been NO Lebanese Army operations against Hezbollah)--is one of the stupidest remarks yet to be heard on Israel responding to acts of war committed against it.

As far as the disproportionate casualty rates--good. As many casualties as it takes to convince Lebanon to stop hosting killer vermin and allowing them to commit acts of war is enough. Lebanon does not show much indication to move against Hezbollah, so one can only assume that the Lebanese support Hezbollah. I'll bet the Israelis would change their battleplans if the Lebanese Army and police started killing and arresting Hezbollah vermin.

Also, I don't know if all the "civilians" were really civilians or how many were human shields, but as long as Hezbollah hides amongst civilians and uses civilian vehicles to transport their material then lots of civilians will be killed when Israel cleans thems out. I feel the same way about them that I would about German civilians killed during WWII--too damn bad. Next time, don't start a war and don't live as a human shield.

Posted by: iconoclast at July 25, 2006 05:21 PM