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August 5, 2006

AP: LEBANESE CASUALTY FIGURES UNRELIABLE

Filed under: Mellemøsten — limewoody @ 9:34 pm

Well, its better later than never. Yesterday I got an irate email from a NRO reader of my article:

Are you saying there were not around 56 dead of whom 35 were children? And your evidence on the timing of the collapse is the comments of Israeli chief of air staff!! I’m not absolving Hezbollah but this kind of ridiculous special pleading does Israel more harm than good for the simple reason that no one believes it.This although you will hate the analogy is essentially akin to the despicable practice of holocaust denial. Ludicrous and counter productive.

Well, it was some satisfaction that I watched France 2 admit that there were only 27 casualties including 15 children in Qana instead of the 58 originally reported.

In the very end of an article entitled Counting Lebanon Dead Not So Easy AP writers admit:

On the Israeli side, the government and army have confirmed 68 dead – 41 soldiers as well as 27 civilians killed in Hezbollah rocket attacks.The Israeli casualty count was believed more reliable, given the smaller numbers involved, the care its army takes in accounting for soldiers and the greater organization of its fighting force and civilian structures.

Of course, they ignore the real reason for the exaggurated Lebanese figures: “It serves Hezbollah’s war aims.” After all, the high figure fules world “outrage.” That “outrage” enabled “the intenational community” to support Hezbollah’s call for an immediate cease fire while pretending to take the moral high ground. That call resulted in Rice convincing Israel to give Hezbollah 48 hours breather. The breather gave Hezbollah the opportunity to reoragnize and double its missile barrage on Israel.

The blood of 9 Israeli civilians killed since the end of the ceaze fire is on their hands tonight.

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1 Comment »

  1. Yep. I always go by the Israeli figures and NEVER by what any Islamic group says. They consistently lie. At least that’s something we can count on…. 🙂

    Comment by Rastaman — August 6, 2006 @ 6:24 am


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