YNetNews is reporting that a Lebanese website is accusing Hezbollah of killing the children in the house in Qana in order to destroy the Lebanese president’s plan which would call for the disarming of Hezbollah:
Is Hizbullah behind the tragic incident in the village of Qana that claimed the lives of some 60 people? While the Israeli army continues to investigate the circumstances leading to the building’s collapse, some in Lebanon do not hesitate to point the finger at the Shiite organization and claim it is to blame for the death of dozens.
The Lebanese website LIBANOSCOPIE , associated with Christian elements in the country and which openly supports the anti-Syrian movement called the “March 14 Forces,” reported that Hizbullah has masterminded a plan that would result in the killing of innocents in the Qana village, in a bid to foil Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora’s “Seven Points Plan”, which calls for deployment of the Lebanese army in southern Lebanon and the disarming of Hizbullah.
“We have it from a credible source that Hizbullah, alarmed by Siniora’s plan, has concocted an incident that would help thwart the negotiations. Knowing full well that Israel will not hesitate to bombard civilian targets, Hizbullah gunmen placed a rocket launcher on the roof in Qana and brought disabled children inside, in a bid to provoke a response by the Israeli Air Force. In this way, they were planning to take advantage of the death of innocents and curtail the negotiation initiative,” the site stated.
The site’s editors also claimed that not only did Hizbullah stage the event, but that it also chose Qana for a specific reason: “They used Qana because the village had already turned into a symbol for massacring innocent civilians, and so they set up ‘Qana 2’.” Notably, the incident has indeed been dubbed “The second Qana massacre” by the Arab media.
If this report is true, Hezbollah killed those poor children, Lebanese children, and blamed Israel in order to justify its own existence. It was then Israel, which wasn’t even responsible for the deaths, that implemented the 48 hour aerial operation suspension so the tragedy could be investigated. It comes as no surprise that Israel cares more about the fate of the Lebanese children than Hezbollah does.
Update: LGF says this report should be treated with skepticism because of its source. I’m not sure why this source should be treated with any more skepticism than the story Hezbollah is pedaling. Afterall, it isn’t a surprise that Hezbollah kills Muslim children in order to advance its own goals.
Update II: Bryan at Hot Air points to this post at NRO’s Media Blog which says that NBC’s Richard Engel is trying to answer the logical question: where were the men in Qana? Watch Engel’s report here.