Hezbollywood

posted at 10:34 am on August 10, 2006 by Bryan

I think we’ve posted on some of this before, but I want to put it in one post in one place.

The fauxtography scandals and speculation point to something lurking behind the scenes of the war in Lebanon and the greater war against radical Islam–the post-modern nature of this war. Post-modern conflict is a war of images over substance, where armies or militias can lose every single battle but still win the war if they have marshalled images and sound more successfully than their opponent. Battles still matter, but the airwaves have become another dimension of the battlespace. It’s more than the sultry voice of Tokyo Rose telling American sailors that they were steaming toward their doom. It tells the homefront that the war is unwinnable, that it may be a product of conspiracies by their own leadership, and that it’s resulting in the mass killing of innocent civilians. Post-modern wars play on our Western sense of fairness and the value we place on human life, and obscures the reality of our enemy and its wholesale targeting of civilians in an effort to break our will.

How does it work? Two vignettes tell the story. First, Anderson Cooper on CNN:

Rough transcript:

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: Well, you know, you have to be very careful. Obviously, both sides in this conflict want their stories out. Israel, you know, provides public spokespeople very readily. If you’re dealing with the Israeli military, they don’t want you, you know, wandering around their artillery fields like where we are now, or wandering around their positions. So they often have press people who will actually sort of help you if you need interviews and the like.

While on the Hezbollah side, it’s really interesting — I was in Beirut, and they took me on this sort of guided tour of the Hezbollah- controlled territories in southern Lebanon that were heavily bombed. They are much cruder, obviously. They don’t have the experience in this kind of thing. But they clearly want the story of civilian casualties out. That is their — what they’re heavily pushing, to the point where on this tour I was on, they were just making stuff up. They had six ambulances lined up in a row and said, OK, you know, they brought reporters there, they said you can talk to the ambulance drives. And then one by one, they told the ambulances to turn on their sirens and to zoom off, and people taking that picture would be reporting, I guess, the idea that these ambulances were zooming off to treat civilian casualties, when in fact, these ambulances were literally going back and forth down the street just for people to take pictures of them. (emphases added)

It’s low-budget movie production, totalitarian style. This is the only mention I’ve seen in the MSM of this incident, even though it echoes the tactics the Palestinians have used for years. But the Palestinians go further–they have been filmed actually using ambulances to pick up and ferry militants around.

Let’s see Hezbollywood in action. Remember Green Helmet, Lebanon’s new superhero? He’s also a Hezbollah propaganda field producer:

This is post-modern warfare. The story created is that Israel is committing war crime after war crime, while the reality is that it’s defending itself from an organization run by Iran that is itself a war crime. We’ve seen it over and over in the month since Hezbollah attacked Israel on July 12, in the inflated casualty figures from Qana and other strikes, the pictures of dead children paraded for the cameras, the garbage dump dressed up as a downed Israeli jet, from the mouth of Lebanon’s PM calling Israel’s troops war criminals while ignoring Hezbollah’s targeting Israeli civilians every single day with thousands of rockets. And through it all, the MSM usually plays along, giving us faked and staged photography, aping the Hezbollah line and hewing to Hezbollah’s command not to photograph any Hezbollah fighters or their rocket launch positions.

The American left and most of the world outside the US buys the post-modern fable whole.

(h/t MR)

More: Here’s an example of the result of Hezbollywood’s production techniques: The BBC travels with Hezbollah handlers who help package up a damage report, which the BBC passes off as real, unbiased news.

Update: Newsbusters was all over this video early this morning. Matthew Sheffield has a great post that he’s still updating.

Update: Iran praises Hezbollah’s “honor.”

“Fortunately, in the ongoing unequal war, the meeting point of right and wrong is so distinct that it prompts every free man to sympathize with the patient Lebanese people.”

Taqiyya is well within the Islamofascist arsenal.

Update: LGF has more. And in the war Hezbollah isn’t faking, another day of rockets raining down on civilians. Because that’s how terrorists fight wars–against civilians, in violation of the laws of war.

Ynet reports some rockets of the barrage of this morning landed in the area but no casualties.
All morning sirens continue in other places all over the Gallilee.

15 soldiers died yesterday, not 11. Four of them died when Hezbollah fired an anti-tank missile on their tank, 10 died because of friendly fire in two seperate incidents. In one incident a house collapsed after it was being fired upon, while IDF reserve soldiers where inside (communication error).

The IDF said they found Iranian pasports on some killed Hezbollah terrorists. Estimates are there are 4000 Lebanese Hezbollah in South Lebanon and 8000 Iranians (all or not Revolutionairy Guards). Hezbollah denies.

Denial, taqiyya.

Pretty important update: The New York Times publishes a paen to Hezbollah. Here’s some of the flavor:

Despite Israeli bombardments, Hezbollah continues to operate. In some areas, it does so in open view of Israeli drones that whine overhead in the brilliant afternoon sky.

Shortly after 1:30 p.m., in a large, open dirt field, cut with giant craters from Israeli bombs, five ghostly fighters became ordinary wounded men. More than anything, the men did not want their photographs taken, afraid of revealing anything that might help Israel bomb them.

One covered his face with his T-shirt, in the style of a movie star avoiding paparazzi. Another, in a neck brace, put on sunglasses. Three emergency workers told journalists not to take pictures.

“No pictures,” said a fighter, hobbling on crutches with a white bandage on his left foot.

The Times reporter obeyed: Only one of the photos in the story shows faces, and it’s a Getty shot. As for the “emergency workers,” they’re local Red Cross, helping the terrorists get supplies and cross a river. In other words, they’re helping Hezbollah sustain itself.

Some of the men moved and spoke with a smooth confidence. A man in a checked shirt, dark chinos and a green belt sat on a plastic lawn chair, his legs crossed. He was the only man in the group sitting. A man with a hand-held radio, the usual Hezbollah communications device, stood wordlessly behind him.

Why was the food from Iran?

“This comes from Iran but maybe after a while, the next shipment will come from France,” the man said, a slight but knowing smile spreading.

France’s turn isn’t lost on Hezbollah fighters in southern Lebanon. Why is it lost on the left here?

Update: A Stern reaction to reader criticism.


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Rotten!

JamesVersusEveryone on August 10, 2006 at 10:40 AM

The blogosphere just keeps finding more and more examples of staging and misleading photos; I’m hoping this will lead to big changes.

If not, I don’t think anyone with any sense will trust the news wires anymore.

frankj on August 10, 2006 at 11:01 AM

I wonder how many reporters saw this happening, and chose to leave it out of their stories?

Slublog on August 10, 2006 at 11:02 AM

How come this isn’t the front story everywhere? Makes you believe that Big Brother will be MSM not governmentor already is. Ratherism is the new Religion.

Drtuddle on August 10, 2006 at 11:06 AM

Just imagine if there were no bloggers to bring this out in the open.

darwin on August 10, 2006 at 11:26 AM

My God! These people have no shame. Why should be show any remorse at killing them?

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on August 10, 2006 at 11:30 AM

Who wants to bet that the KosKooks will either ignore this, hoping it goes away, or try to represent it as malicious right-wing propoganda?

I grew up military but my stepfather was a journalist. I was a highschool newpaper/yearbook photographer and reporter and seriously considered a career in the field. Classes on ethics were madatory. Whatever happened to that? I know, I know, ethics is a dirty word now.

This crap that the world press is pulling is called, “Yellow Journalism,” plain and simple.

The press is supposed to be impartial and report the news as it unfolds. What’s going on now is called Psy-Ops.

Please excuse me,… I have to go take a Watada and wipe my Kos.

Drawing rolled eyes here.

~V5

V5 on August 10, 2006 at 11:41 AM

You know, this just makes me sick. I was proud of Cooper actually saying what he did about the ambulances. And this video of GHG pulling out the body of that dead boy just to get a better shot is the lowest thing I have ever seen.

StephC on August 10, 2006 at 11:42 AM

These phony baloney islamists have been faking stuff for years. Remember the palestinian funeral procession in 2002 that IDF caught on video from the air? The guy fell off the litter then he got back on and they wrapped him up in a shroud and proceeded on to try to fool the UN observers.

Lying, cheating, murderous bastards. That’s what they are.

pistolero on August 10, 2006 at 11:43 AM

Hmmm. I just submitted a comment and now it’s not appearing. Is something wrong with HotAir?

V5 on August 10, 2006 at 11:43 AM

Watching that video there was I mean its a small child he just treated the child like a object rag doll-no respect! Why is the media not covering and/or down playing this? If the main stream media, now having this knowledge they cant deny, does’nt report this I’m convinced their in bed with Hezbollah

mimi on August 10, 2006 at 11:50 AM

Fee, fi, faux, fum
The MSM dupes are dumb dumb dumb

Khyber Pass on August 10, 2006 at 11:51 AM

Holy Crap!

I can’t believe the Germans pulled the lid off that one.

Go Krauts!

venmax on August 10, 2006 at 12:10 PM

This was unbelievable!!! Hizbollah, Hamas, the mad mullahs, Ahmadine-whackjob; this filth is just pure evil. Hitler’s in headscarves.

Great job to the German group that put this out, and great job to Hot Air for exposing the lies of the leftists and Islamofascists.

Steve Tsouloufis on August 10, 2006 at 12:19 PM

We must coin a new term and use it every time the MSM contrive the news (headlines, text and pictures) – “it is reutered“.

One of the worst is the BBC, now around the world:

“The BBC’s coverage has been overwhelmingly one-sided, with presenters and reporters editorializing against what they universally refer to as ‘Israeli attacks on Lebanon,’”

Entelechy on August 10, 2006 at 12:25 PM

I absolutely want to puke.

I applaud those reporters with the brass to report the TRUTH, not the BIASED truth, and YES, I applaud CNN’s guy for telling the truth.

It’s what I WANT!

Mortis on August 10, 2006 at 12:25 PM

I applaud those reporters with the brass to report the TRUTH, not the BIASED truth, and YES, I applaud CNN’s guy for telling the truth.

That’s what it will take, media personalities that have the courage to protest the deceptions and speak the truth. If that happens, it will be the blogs like HotAir and LGF that will give them the backbone to do what is right.

docdave on August 10, 2006 at 12:51 PM

When will Michael Moore and Babs be brought in to do the PSA’s Hezbollywood?

dallas94 on August 10, 2006 at 1:12 PM

Amnesty International … ?

Some would argue, “Am-nasty International… “

ar_basin on August 10, 2006 at 1:31 PM

I’m probably going to get slammed for this.

These are the very same staged events presented to Al Jeez, al manar et al. to rile the ummas masses.

At the same time, cameras for the pro-Hez crowd will be able to ID any reporter/cameraman that exposes this illegitimate fauxtography.

The legit pros have their work cut out for them and will need to watch their backs.

heroyalwhyness on August 10, 2006 at 1:56 PM

Hmmm. I just submitted a comment and now it’s not appearing. Is something wrong with HotAir?

V5 on August 10, 2006 at 11:43 AM

It has happened to me several times as well. Allahpundit said it was due to a spam filter being over zealous.

In my experience, sometimes it takes 5 to 10 minutes for a post to show up. Sometimes it will take hours. If it is taking hours, your best bet is to send a polite message asking if what you posted has been filtered by mistake and the problem will be resolved.

Good luck.

EFG on August 10, 2006 at 2:03 PM

Is the way they treat their dead children much different than the way they treat their living ones?

WriterMom on August 10, 2006 at 2:14 PM

They have no respect for human life.

It’s in the Quran you know.

Kini on August 10, 2006 at 2:39 PM

Kudos to the NDR. At least they got the bastard (Green Helmet). NDR may not have covered it as broadly or as deeply as the blogosphere, but at least they’ve chinked the armor. And they’re mainstream enough for the word to begin to spread in certain parts of Europe.

RD on August 10, 2006 at 3:32 PM

Fee, fi, faux, fum
The MSM dupes are dumb dumb dumb

Bull! Its not that the MSM is dumb… dumb…. dumb… They are involved in this up to their eye-teeth. They know full well what is going on and are actively supporting it. Only when, and if, they get caught that they apologize (if that) and very seldom retract.

CrazyFool on August 10, 2006 at 3:32 PM

Testing…

RD on August 10, 2006 at 3:33 PM

Kudos to the NDR. At least they got this guy (Green Helmet) dead to rights, and with it, Hezbollah.

They may not have covered the ongoing deception and collaboration of the press as broadly or as deeply as the blogosphere, but at least they chinked the armor. That should put the Official Media on notice that they’re now being watched, that there may be accountability. And NDR is mainstream enough that the word will begin to spread in certain parts of Europe.

RD on August 10, 2006 at 3:36 PM

Two (or four) for the price of one! :-)

RD on August 10, 2006 at 3:38 PM

Post-modern wars play on our Western sense of fairness and the value we place on human life, and obscures the reality of our enemy and its wholesale targeting of civilians in an effort to break our will.

It all comes down to what people fear the most, and who fears what more. And right now too many in the west, through their own moral vanity, fear being seen as the bad guy more than they fear the threat of islamofascism. And because of that, the islamic world knows that it need not fear that the west will ever unleash our full military capabilities on them.

We will not win this war until that equation changes.

thirteen28 on August 10, 2006 at 3:39 PM

And to add to my post above, part of the reason we in the west are not winning this war is because too many people, through fear of being seen as the bad guy, cannot handle this simple truth:

War is cruelty. There’s no use trying to reform it, the crueler it is the sooner it will be over.
–William Tecumseh Sherman

thirteen28 on August 10, 2006 at 3:44 PM

PLEASE don’t start using the word ‘faux’. It makes us all look unhinged.

Kevin M on August 10, 2006 at 4:35 PM

At the same time, cameras for the pro-Hez crowd will be able to ID any reporter/cameraman that exposes this illegitimate fauxtography.

The legit pros have their work cut out for them and will need to watch their backs.

If they can’t be objective, then they shouldn’t report it – walk away. Their biased reports, photos, etc. have an affect on how the world views all of this as it unfolds. This is why so many people view the U.S., U.K. and Israel as “the real terrorists” instead of the islamofascists. Because of the MSM, many of these radicals are seen as “freedom fighters” – give me a break, the only freedom they are fighting for is the freedom to oppress.

Rick on August 10, 2006 at 4:39 PM

Three emergency workers told journalists not to take pictures.
“No pictures,” said a fighter, hobbling on crutches with a white bandage on his left foot.

Thats because when the fighters get killed as Hizbollah, they suddenly become CIVILIANS, and they dont want proof of this.

No MILITARY pictures. Frickin a-holes!!!!

shooter on August 11, 2006 at 12:17 PM

MSM: Godzilla Attacks Beruit Under Israeli Control (in case you missed it)

Reality Check on August 11, 2006 at 6:56 PM