Saturday, July 29, 2006

Myths, lies and videotape

July 29th

Lebanon's gain
Dan Gillerman, Israel's formidable ambassador at the UN made this memorable plea to his Lebanese counterpart at the start of the conflict two weeks ago: "You know, deep down, that if you could, you would add your voice to those of your brave countrymen. You know, deep down in your heart, that you should really be sitting here, next to me, voicing the same opinion. You know that what we are doing is right, and, if we succeed, your country will be the real beneficiary. I am sure many of our colleagues around this table and in this chamber, including many of our neighbours, share this sentiment.

Lebanon's fear
But the BBC in particular and the world media in general don't think so. They push the myth that nearly everyone they interview in Lebanon refuses to support Israel. So a warm thank you to today's Guardian newspaper for explaining why. Hezbollah cleric, Sayed Ali, says it all in this interview: "The real battle is after the end of this war. We will have to settle score with the Lebanese politicians. We also have the best security and intelligence apparatus in this country, and we can reach any of those people who are speaking against us now. Let's finish with the Israelis and then we will settle scores later."

If you were Lebanese, what would you be telling the nice man from the BBC? Whenever you hear or see a Lebanese politician or opinion maker criticise Hezbollah publicly, think of the courage it takes.

And take a look at this ...
The IAF is not flattening Beirut, not even 99% of Beirut - although hard to tell if your only sources of information are the BBC, CNN and SKY. Check out this map and be aware of endless repeats of the same videotapes which help create yet another myth.

5 Comments:

Blogger sirius_sir said...

Let's finish with the Israelis and then we will settle scores later.

No-one can say they haven't been warned. Forewarned is forearmed.

5:46 PM  
Blogger 49erDweet said...

Thanks for the illuminating map, Jane. Great blog! And keep up the work!

Cheers

6:22 PM  
Anonymous jim said...

Thanks for your insight. It's refreshing to find the truth being spoken aloud

jim

7:21 PM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

Thanks for the great information. Keep posting!

7:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great blog! You have some info here that I haven't seen anywhere else. Would that Lebanon had seen that they were being given a huge opportunity to take their country back from Syria. Were they just too afraid or do they hate Israel more than they hate their Syrian masters?

8:04 PM  

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