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September 2006

Special Dossier: Echoes of War
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IDF Still shot identification of a rocket being launched from near Qana houses.
Screen capture of IDF video of rocket launch from Kafr Qana..
Special Dossier: Echoes of War


Staging Qana
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 Hezbollywood.

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 helmet; 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 unchanged.

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 Micah Report website.

Publisher's Note: For updated information, please see The Reuters Photo Scandal: A Taxonomy of Fraud.