Friday, August 04, 2006

Lebanon War Round Up

Here are some interesting links:

David Warren on why Qana has disappeared from the news:
My reader may be wondering what happened to all the coverage from Qana. As usual, when the "liberal" media begin to realize they've been had, the story disappears. But it is never properly corrected. We get a few days of blazing headlines, and round-the-dial TV coverage of an "Israeli massacre", laden with innuendos, and then -- the fade-out. This will not do.


NY Sun's Encomium to Political Leaders of the Anglosphere
sometimes it takes a crisis to gain a sense of who one's friends are, and friends of America and Israel have seen several emerge in the current conflict, particularly Prime Minister Howard of Australia and Prime Minister Harper in Canada.

The European Union may refuse to list Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. But when Mr. Howard was asked whether he planned to take Hezbollah off his government's terrorist list, he replied, "No chance, full stop. No chance at all."


Shades of Saddam Hussein's methods. Con Coughlin reports that Iran is Compensating Families of Hezbollah Dead:
Iran has set up a fund to compensate the families of Hezbollah fighters killed or wounded in the conflict with Israel, Lebanese security officials have disclosed.

Iran's Shaheed Foundation is making initial payments of $1,000 to relatives, in a program that was originally set up in the 1980s to compensate the families of Iranian soldiers killed during the country's eight-year war with Iraq.

Tehran is believed to have set aside $2 million for its Lebanon compensation fund, and further payments will be made to bereaved families when Iranian officials have assessed their needs...

Lebanese officials have also disclosed that many of Hezbollah's wounded are being treated in hospitals in Syria to conceal the true extent of the casualties.They are said to have been taken through al-Arissa border crossing with the help of Syrian security forces...

Hezbollah's operational council has drawn up casualty lists that have been passed to the Shaheed Foundation. Copies have been seen by the Daily Telegraph and have also been obtained by Lebanese newspapers, which have been pressured by Hezbollah not to publish them.

"Hezbollah is desperate to conceal its casualties because it wants to give the impression that it is winning its war," a senior security official said. "People might reach a very different conclusion if they knew the true extent of Hezbollah's casualties."


Stephen Pollard continues to report on the BBC biased reporting in this war.
The central problem with the BBC's coverage is that, for all the fair and accurate reporting which the BBC carries, there are two regular and systematic forms of bias against Israel. First, editorialising masked as reporting, which usually begins with the assumption that Israeli action is 'disproportionate' and which gives free and uncritical rein to the allegation that the IDF is guilty of war crimes. And second, unbalanced reports or programmes.


Michael Rubin at The Corner points out that Muqtada al-Sadr's rally of 100,000s in Sadr City, Iraq, was wholly bought and paid for by Iran.
[I]t would be wrong to believe that such protests are spontaneous. Who organized the buses bringing protestors north? Who paid for them? Who put out word to ensure safe-passage along some of Iraq's more dangerous roads?... Iran contributes $80 million per month to his cause. Cause and effect? We're seeing it now.

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