Qana: cloudy, but getting clearer

August 2, 2006

I have always had a constitutional aversion to conspiracy theories and a reflexive resistance to subscribing to them, even if the evidence seems to point — or can be made to point — in that general direction. The vernacular version of Occam’s Razor has more appeal: if it’s a choice between a conspiracy and a cock-up, go for the cock-up every time.

But it is becoming clearer that the tragedy at Qana was at the least largely stage-managed by Hizbollah, and may in fact have been completely faked.

Confederate Yankee has a good roundup, and This Ongoing War summarises the issues in the context Hizbollah’s ability to manipulate the stories western journalists are able to tell.

Israel Insider reports from a Lebanese source (unconfirmed) that Hizbollah positioned disabled children in the building — whether live or already dead is not clear — to stage the “massacre” to sabotage Lebanese efforts to end the crisis and disarm Hizbollah.

Then there is the curious fact that almost simultaneously with images of the Qana event being first broadcast around the world, a demonstration took place in Beirut that featured a huge 30-foot banner of Secretary of State Rice that specifically associated her with the Qana massacre. How could they have produced it so quickly, asks Carl in Jerusalem — unless it was prepared in advance?

The Arabic caption reads in part: “The massacre of children in Qana 2, is the gift of Rice.”

Now maybe this is all a counter-conspiracy by pro-Israeli bloggers and commentators aimed at reversing the damage done by the Qana incident to Israel’s reputation and war objectives in Lebanon.

I doubt that. I may be wrong, but I suspect the coming days will see more evidence that Qana was faked by Hizbollah, and that the mainstream media fell for it, hook, line and sinker.

Further: I’ve seen the media quoting 54, 57 and 60 bodies recovered from the wreackage at Qana, 37 of them children. The Lebanese Red Cross, which conducted the evacuation of the dead, reports 28 bodies, 19 of whom were children.



  1. Whoever designed that poster doesn’t like black people much.

  2. Rice is regularly denigrated with racist abuse in the Palestinian communities, unfortunately.

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