Monday, July 31, 2006

Propaganda works

Very interesting piece in EU Referendum regarding the tragic event in Qana:

Whatever else, the event in Qana was a human tragedy. But the photographs do not show it honestly. Rather, they have been staged for effect, exploiting the victims in an unwholesome manner. In so doing, they are no longer news photographs - they are propaganda. And, whoever said the camera cannot lie forgot that photographers can and do. Those lies have spread throughout the world by now and will be in this morning's newspapers, accepted as real by the millions who view them.

While the world condemns Israel for it "excessive force" against Lebanon, what is lost (to those in the MSM, and thus readers/watchers of the MSM) is this:

Only through these sources [blogs and other alternative media] do we learn that Hezbollah gunmen (in civilian clothes) have been preventing civilians from evacuating, have been deliberately using civilians as "human shields" and have been employing strategies for maximising Israeli "collateral damage" in order to provide a potent propaganda weapon, a ploy which the western media so easily fall for.

So Hezzbollah keeps a shelter filled with women and children near where they are shooting off rockets. Israel can determine where the rockets are coming from, but not where the shelterful of children are located. Or that they are located in the same spot. Israel bombs the shelter, and Hezbollah has the images it needs.

The death of innocents is tragic. But it isn't Israel that is killing them, even if the ordinance belong to them.

Via Ace.