Monday, July 31, 2006

Another War Lie? Israeli Commandos Captured in Lebanon?

I doubt we'll hear a big expose of this excuse to go to war. The Israelis have bombed away all the evidence. See whole article at
July 25, 2006, Kidnapped in Israel or Captured in Lebanon? Official justification for Israel's invasion on thin ice by Joshua Frank
... The original story, as most media tell it, goes something like this: Hezbollah attacked an Israeli border patrol station, killing six and taking two soldiers hostage. The incident happened on the Lebanese/Israel border in Israeli territory. The alternate version, as explained by several news outlets, tells a bit of a different tale: These sources contend that Israel sent a commando force into southern Lebanon and was subsequently attacked by Hezbollah near the village of Aitaa al-Chaab, well inside Lebanon's southern territory. It was at this point that an Israel tank was struck by Hezbollah fighters, which resulted in the capture of two Israeli soldiers and the death of six.
Frank quotes the following sources: the French News sites Agente France Presse and, the Associated Press, the Hindustan Times, MSNBC online, The National Council of Arab Americans.
He ends by noting: Before independent observers could organize an investigation of the incident, Israel had already mounted a grisly offensive against Lebanese infrastructure and civilians, bombing Beirut's international airport, along with numerous highways and communication portals. Israel didn't need the truth of the matter to play out before it invaded Lebanon. As with the United States' illegitimate invasion of Iraq, Israel just needed the proper media cover to wage a war with no genuine moral impetus.

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