Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Qana denial cont'd

This is the banner mentioned in the previous post. It was displayed as part of Sunday's demonstration in Beirut; its scale and professional quality led the sleuths at Powerline to conclude that it, and the Qana massacre, were planned and staged. There could conceivably be something to that if the words on the banner referred specifically to Qana. Which I very much doubt.

Readers of Arabic: Your translation help is welcomed.

Update: 4:50 pm 1 Aug - At least some of the victim-blaming from the highest levels is being exposed for what it is:
It now appears that the military had no information on rockets launched from the site of the building, or the presence of Hezbollah men at the time.

The Israel Defense Forces had said after the deadly air-strike that many rockets had been launched from Qana. However, it changed its version on Monday.

The site was included in an IAF plan to strike at several buildings in proximity to a previous launching site. Similar strikes were carried out in the past. However, there were no rocket launches from Qana on the day of the strike.
Not enough to keep Shimon Peres in New York this morning from placing all the blame for Qana on Hezbollah. Certainly not enough to hush Rush Limbaugh or denialist right-wing bloggers, but enough to keep them on the margins where they belong.

The Ha'aretz update also reports, thankfully, a somewhat reduced death count from the house in Qana compared with the first reports: There were 60 people in the building when it was struck, but so far 28 bodies have been recovered, 19 of them children. More are still missing, and recovery work is ongoing.

However, there appear to be many smaller Qanas:
Elsewhere in southern Lebanon, 49 bodies were removed Monday from the ruins of buildings in ten villages. Medical sources in Lebanon say dozens more are buried in the rubble.

Update 2: 12:30 pm 2 Aug - Many thanks to the commenters here and on other blogs where I asked for translation help. The banner reads: The massacre of children in Qana 2: Condi's gift! Smart bombs... stupid. Rice had been scheduled to visit Beirut that day, demonstrations were already being organized, and the banner's visuals had no doubt been prepared ahead for the event. The banner's message was applied after the morning news from Qana, which also caused Prime Minister Siniora to cancel Rice's visit.

Update 3: 5:30 pm 12 Aug - Apparently, victim-blaming goes right on at some high levels, facts be damned. At a time when the IDF had already retracted its claim that rockets were fired from anywhere near the house they bombed in Qana, Michael Ignatieff, the "human rights advocate" who's running for the Liberal Party leadership in Canada, defended his failure to call for a ceasefire until long after his rivals had. A Toronto Star reporter asked if the Qana massacre played a role in his decision to join in supporting a ceasefire:
"It wasn't Qana," replied Ignatieff, formerly head of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University. "Qana was, frankly, inevitable, in a situation in which you have rocket-launchers within 100 yards of a civilian population. This is the nature of the war that's going on. This is the kind of dirty war you're in when you have to do this and I'm not losing sleep about that."
What an inspiring advocate for human rights across the board, eh?



At 5:04 PM, August 01, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Slaughter of Children of Qana 2
A Gift from Rice!!

(can't make sense of the third line, looks like maybe some sort of saying I'm not familiar with).

So, yeah, specific reference to Qana.

At 5:10 PM, August 01, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The third line says: Stupid smart bombs.

Laughable evidence either way.

At 5:15 PM, August 01, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

However, I will note that Beirut is (or, well, was) pretty much the publishing/advertising center of the Middle East - there are LOTS of places in town that could have produced such a banner, which I think could have been knocked together in a couple hours. (Especially since there were protests against Rice planned that day anyway - all they would have had to do was lay on the new, improved caption).

At 7:01 PM, August 01, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

DonĀ“t have an arabic translation, but a serious (though mostly rightwing)German paper translated the text on the Rice poster to:

"The sin of the second massacre in Qana is a gift by Rice"

As this is now translated from German to English, I am sure it misses the original point in some way.

At 7:34 PM, August 01, 2006, Blogger janinsanfran said...

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At 11:15 PM, August 03, 2006, Blogger Donald said...

On the subject of atrocity denial, some people just refuse to face facts and you can't do anything with them. I've seen a few in blog comment sections.

You have to hope that such people are a minority, but I'm not sure they are.


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