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Sunday, July 30, 2006

What actually happened in Qana?

“Truth is the first casualty of war” is never truer than in the internecine warfare between the Arabs and Israelis. This conflict has been fought as much in the media as it has on the ground and in the air. It has been my experience that the lies have been mostly told by the Arabs. Not untypical was the scene of a funeral procession somewhere in Palestinian controlled territory. The casket was accidentally dropped and the “corpse” fell out, only to get up and climb back into the casket.

So now when I hear reports of mass civilian casualties, my antenna go up. Not because modern bombs and miossiles cannot be deadly, but because I have been lied to so often by the Arab side and their megaphones in the media.

The “massacre” du-jour occurred in Qana, and I was immediately struck by the reports of – not just civilian casualties – but an unusually large number of “innocent children.” It seems that Israeli weapons only seem to explode around the very old and the very young.

So now we get this report from the Jerusalem Post.

Some 150 rockets were fired from the Lebanese village of Qana over the past 20 days, Air Force Chief of Staff Brig.-Gen. Amir Eshel said on Sunday evening.
Speaking to reporters, Eshel added that Hizbullah rocket launchers were hidden in civilian buildings in the village. He proceeded to show video footage of rocket launchers being driven into the village following launches.

Eshel also pointed out that the building was hit sometime around midnight Saturday night and didn't collapse until about 8 a.m. Sunday morning, leaving an unusual gap in the timing of the events which the IDF was investigating.

"It's possible that inside the house, something or other was being stored that caused an explosion - something that we didn't succeed in blowing up in the [initial] attack and that perhaps was left over there," Eshel said. "I say this very cautiously, because I currently don't have the faintest idea what the explanation for this gap could be."

This will not, of course, change the minds of the professional Arabs and their echo chamber in the media. If Eshel’s suspicions are correct, the story will simply disappear, like previous stories of “Israeli genocide.” But for those who still are interested in a gravely wounded Truth, it will be interesting to see why a building that was hit at midnight took until morning to blow up.

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