Something’s not right in Qana. It is looking more and more likely that the entire thing may have been a Hezbollah propaganda piece. Since it appears the Hezbos are running out of launchers and possibly rockets, they seem to be working overtime to expand their PR war against Israel, which explains how we have all these photos of those poor dead Lebanese children, obviously displayed for all the journalists to see and photograph.
Israel Insider has the background:
Lebanese rescue teams did not start evacuating the building until the morning and only after the camera crews came. The absence of a real rescue effort was explained by saying that equipment was lacking. There were no scenes of live or injured people being extracted.
There was little blood, CNN’s Wedeman noted: all the victims, he concluded, appeared to have died while as they were sleeping — sleeping, apparently, through thunderous Israeli air attacks. Rescue workers equipped with cameras were removing the bodies from the same opening in the collapsed structure. Journalists were not allowed near the collapsed building.
Rescue workers filmed as they went carried the victims on the stretchers, occasionally flipping up the blankets so that cameras could show the faces and bodies of the dead.
But Israelis steeled to scenes of carnage from Palestinian suicide bombings and Hezbollah rocket attack could not help but notice that these victims did not look like our victims. Their faces were ashen gray. While medical examination clearly is called for to arrive at a definitive dating and cause of their deaths, they do not appear to have died hours before. The bodies looked like they had been dead for days.
Viewers can judge for themselves. But the accumulating evidence suggests another explanation for what happened at Kana. The scenario would be a setup in which the time between the initial Israeli bombing near the building and morning reports of its collapse would have been used to “plant” bodies killed in previous fighting — reports in previous days indicated that nearby Tyre was used as a temporary morgue — place them in the basement, and then engineer a “controlled demolition” to fake another Israeli attack.
Dan Riehl also examines how those who were killed in Tyre who may have been moved to Qana:
A full day before an air strike in Qana currently making headlines around the world, the Mayor of Tyre prepared a mass grave for 32 bodies killed in the area during the course of the recent conflict. Early Red Cross reports from the scene in Qana indicated only 27 bodies. Ironically enough, if you add 32 and 27 you arrive at the number of Qana dead reported by the press today. Current reports seem to fluctuate between 56 – 60.
It’s been reported that the media coverage and the recovery effort didn’t begin until the next morning. During that gap, the very same refrigerated trucks that held the dead from Tyre made their way to Qana. The question is, were they empty given some analysis which questions the times of death. See Confederate Yankee.
Additionally, there appear to be discrepancies in the reporting from Qana. We’re told the building didn’t collapse until morning. Yet, one observer claims to have been blown out of the building from the third floor during the night, only to rush right back in and witness the massacre.
Rush made an interesting point on his show today. The only things the Hezbo terrorists think are more valuable to their cause than dead Israeli children are dead Muslim children since they help advance their public relations war against Israel.
Michelle Malkin has much more.
Update: Israel’s UN Ambassador Dan Gillerman hit the nail on the head when he made these remarks about the tragedy in Qana on Bill O’Reilly tonight (sorry, I don’t have a link. I transcribed his words as he said them):
These people [Syria, Iran, Hezbollah] couldn’t have been happier about what happened [in Qana]. I know that sounds terrible, but I, in my heart, I believe that is true. We grieve for every Lebanese child. The problem is for us, every dead Lebanese child is a mistake and a tragedy; for them, every dead Israeli child is a victory and a cause for celebration.