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What Really Happened in Qana?

Something's not right in Qana. It is looking more and more likely that the entire thing may have been a Hezbollah propaganda piece. Since it appears the Hezbos are running out of launchers and possibly rockets, they seem to be working overtime to expand their PR war against Israel, which explains how we have all these photos of those poor dead Lebanese children, obviously displayed for all the journalists to see and photograph.

Israel Insider has the background:

Lebanese rescue teams did not start evacuating the building until the morning and only after the camera crews came. The absence of a real rescue effort was explained by saying that equipment was lacking. There were no scenes of live or injured people being extracted.


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. Rescue workers equipped with cameras were removing the bodies from the same opening in the collapsed structure. Journalists were not allowed near the collapsed building.

Rescue workers filmed as they went carried the victims on the stretchers, occasionally flipping up the blankets so that cameras could show the faces and bodies of the dead.

But Israelis steeled to scenes of carnage from Palestinian suicide bombings and Hezbollah rocket attack could not help but notice that these victims did not look like our victims. Their faces were ashen gray. While medical examination clearly is called for to arrive at a definitive dating and cause of their deaths, they do not appear to have died hours before. The bodies looked like they had been dead for days.

Viewers can judge for themselves. But the accumulating evidence suggests another explanation for what happened at Kana. The scenario would be a setup in which the time between the initial Israeli bombing near the building and morning reports of its collapse would have been used to "plant" bodies killed in previous fighting -- reports in previous days indicated that nearby Tyre was used as a temporary morgue -- place them in the basement, and then engineer a "controlled demolition" to fake another Israeli attack.

Dan Riehl also examines how those who were killed in Tyre who may have been moved to Qana:

A full day before an air strike in Qana currently making headlines around the world, the Mayor of Tyre prepared a mass grave for 32 bodies killed in the area during the course of the recent conflict. Early Red Cross reports from the scene in Qana indicated only 27 bodies. Ironically enough, if you add 32 and 27 you arrive at the number of Qana dead reported by the press today. Current reports seem to fluctuate between 56 - 60.


It's been reported that the media coverage and the recovery effort didn't begin until the next morning. During that gap, the very same refrigerated trucks that held the dead from Tyre made their way to Qana. The question is, were they empty given some analysis which questions the times of death. See Confederate Yankee.

Additionally, there appear to be discrepancies in the reporting from Qana. We're told the building didn't collapse until morning. Yet, one observer claims to have been blown out of the building from the third floor during the night, only to rush right back in and witness the massacre.

Rush made an interesting point on his show today. The only things the Hezbo terrorists think are more valuable to their cause than dead Israeli children are dead Muslim children since they help advance their public relations war against Israel.

Michelle Malkin has much more.

Update: Israel's UN Ambassador Dan Gillerman hit the nail on the head when he made these remarks about the tragedy in Qana on Bill O'Reilly tonight (sorry, I don't have a link. I transcribed his words as he said them):

These people [Syria, Iran, Hezbollah] couldn't have been happier about what happened [in Qana]. I know that sounds terrible, but I, in my heart, I believe that is true. We grieve for every Lebanese child. The problem is for us, every dead Lebanese child is a mistake and a tragedy; for them, every dead Israeli child is a victory and a cause for celebration.

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Comments (10)

Just troll some of the 9/11... (Below threshold)
epador:

Just troll some of the 9/11 conspiracy folks, I am sure they can explain the controlled demolition on Live folks vs dead bodies. Maybe even come up with a nice animation for us.

Why were so many of the bod... (Below threshold)
mark:

Why were so many of the bodies relatively clean. An explosion goes off collapsing a building and you can pull dust free bodies from the wreckage?

While I am greatly sorry for the loss of civilian life in Lebanon, I can not but think that this was a staged event. The time lag between the Isreali strike and the building collapse, the nature of the bodies, and the media event rescue seem suspicous.

The poor children died in some manner, quite possibly from an Isreali strike. I just don't think that it was this strike. To have given your life as body armour for a terrorist is bad enough, to have your corpse used to further a murderous cause is beyond reprehensible.

In a sense I hope that this line of thought is wrong, as I hate to think that a people so devoid of humanity walk this earth.

Why were so many of the bod... (Below threshold)
mark:

Why were so many of the bodies relatively clean. An explosion goes off collapsing a building and you can pull dust free bodies from the wreckage?

While I am greatly sorry for the loss of civilian life in Lebanon, I can not but think that this was a staged event. The time lag between the Isreali strike and the building collapse, the nature of the bodies, and the media event rescue seem suspicous.

The poor children died in some manner, quite possibly from an Isreali strike. I just don't think that it was this strike. To have given your life as body armour for a terrorist is bad enough, to have your corpse used to further a murderous cause is beyond reprehensible.

In a sense I hope that this line of thought is wrong, as I hate to think that a people so devoid of humanity walk this earth.

Why were so many of the bod... (Below threshold)
mark:

Why were so many of the bodies relatively clean. An explosion goes off collapsing a building and you can pull dust free bodies from the wreckage?

While I am greatly sorry for the loss of civilian life in Lebanon, I can not but think that this was a staged event. The time lag between the Isreali strike and the building collapse, the nature of the bodies, and the media event rescue seem suspicous.

The poor children died in some manner, quite possibly from an Isreali strike. I just don't think that it was this strike. To have given your life as body armour for a terrorist is bad enough, to have your corpse used to further a murderous cause is beyond reprehensible.

In a sense I hope that this line of thought is wrong, as I hate to think that a people so devoid of humanity walk this earth.

The Israeli bomb hit around... (Below threshold)
AnyMouse:

The Israeli bomb hit around midnight. The victims were women and children. Where were the men at midnight?

Making a missile and suicid... (Below threshold)
914:

Making a missile and suicide belt run..^

Are you people insane? Ther... (Below threshold)
aja10024:

Are you people insane? There are HUNDREDS of innocent men, women and CHILDREN that have been killed in Lebanon because of the Israeli bombings, and THOSANDS that have been seriously inured.

Israel should certainly be able to defend itself from hostile armies and attacks, and of course the Hezbo's are a crazy, violent organization, but how can you ignore the fact that there are far more CHILDREN that have been killed on Lebanese soil than the number of Israeli soldiers that have been killed on Israeli soil AND in actual combat in Lebanon ... what does it say about the way Israel is conducting this so-called "defensive" military action?

Have you become so enamored with the Bush approach to war that says: "kill 'em all, let God sort them out later" that you have become totally immune, indifferent, or (God-forbid) even IN FAVOR of the kind of atrocitries that Israel is committing against CIVILIANS under the guise of "self-defense"...?

Even if you have been seduced by the ludicrous and self-serving doctrine of Bush's so-called "pre-emptive" attacks against potential enemies that has destroyed the good name that the US used to have in the world, and assume that Israel should follow our lead in that regard, what kind of military strategy kills more innocent CHILDREN on the enemy side than it has lost from within its own ranks in ANY form of military action??

aja10024 Because t... (Below threshold)
goddessoftheclassroom:

aja10024

Because the terrorists launch and hide among children: THEY make the children the targets.

Don't blame Israel. Do you not think that if Israel wanted to, she could have leveled southern Lebanon by now?

The terrorists picked this fight, they continue this fight, and they sacrifice their own children to the fight.

Madness and evil, with more of the latter.

One thing to note: the bodi... (Below threshold)
jeffrey smith:

One thing to note: the bodies may have been shipped in from Tyre, but all that means is that they were killed earlier at other places by other Israeli bombs.

Unless you have evidence to show that Hezbollah had itself contrived to kill these children without aid of Israeli bombs? They are certainly capable of it.

I myself think Israel's best course is to keep on fighting, US support or not, UN condemnation or not, until every Hezbollah soldier is killed and every Hezbollah supporter is driven from their home. That's the only way to ensure there will be no more rockets from Lebanon. (Can you tell I'm in a blood thirsty mood?)

Both Palestinians and Hezbo... (Below threshold)
Brains NY:

Both Palestinians and Hezbolla people have a history of making up claims of massacres and flasely accussing the Israelies in order to get sympathy from the world.

Just a few examples:
1 - A-Dura child (shot by palestinians, but Israel was accused)
2 - Bomb if Gaza beach (a Palestinian bomb killed their own civilians by accident, but they accused the army of shooting at them)
3 - Jenin "massacre", were Israeli killed armed terrorists hidding in homes with very few civilans hurt, but they brought a ton of false claims of a big massacre. The UN probed the issue and acquited Israel.
4 - Qana "massacre".




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