Special Dossier: Echoes of War
I have been thinking.
-- Micah Halpern
There is something very rotten going on in Qana. At first glance it appeared that Israel targeted and hit a residential area
because it was an area Hezbollah was using to launch its rockets. At first glance it appeared that there were many civilian deaths, civilians
used by Hezbollah as shields against reprisal attacks.
But on second glance, a different picture is emerging. Over the past few
days I have seen more and more convincing argumentation that the atrocity at
Qana was a well choreographed media event. It is even being called
When you look at all the pictures and their time logs a series of questions
emerge. Discrepancies are so blatant that one must question whether the
entire event was staged. Yes, Israel hit Qana. But from the video footage we
have the building collapsed a full 8 hours after it was hit.
Most intriguing are shots of a medic carrying a child and putting her in an
ambulance - and doing it again, three hours later. He is wearing a green
next time he isn't. He has glasses; he does not. He has on a reflective vest,
then he does not, yes latex gloves, no latex gloves. The victim remains
One of the children clearly has rigor mortis. With one hand another medic
holds the child up. The child's body is stiff and straight. According to
medical experts that kind of rigor happens only twelve to
twenty-four hours after death. And
there is almost no blood, no screams no cries, no survivors. Strange for
that to happen when a building collapses.
The more I look, the more questions I ask.
Micah D. Halpern is a columnist and a social and political commentator. He
is the author of What You Need To Know About: Terror. He maintains The
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