Fauxtography? Amazing new IAF missiles mimic sledgehammer damage

posted at 1:04 pm on August 14, 2006 by Allahpundit

We’ve been down this road before. Remember?


That photo, purporting to depict a car hit by Israeli missiles whose windshield nonetheless remained intact, was taken on August 6 by Nasser Nasser — who was also one of the photographers at Qana. Here’s another shot of the same car showing that its grill and headlights are missing. Maybe scavengers showed up after the “airstrike” and stripped them. Or maybe they were stripped long ago, before this piece of junk was dragged out onto the road and battered with something heavy in a pathetic imitation of explosive damage.


Flash forward six days now, to the aftermath of an Israeli rocket attack on a convoy in the Bekaa Valley. “The night sky suddenly lit and we heard an explosion towards the leading cars of the convoy,” said one eyewitness. Here’s what the damage looked like:



And an overhead view of the last vehicle, showing “the wreckage of cars” that came under attack all along the road:


Rockets. Which, again, somehow managed to spare the windshield on both vehicles. While making a dent in precisely the same spot in the roof of each. Oh, and the car in the first photo’s also missing its grill.

Who was the photographer? Nasser Nasser, of course.

Seriously, military people — what’s the deal here? Am I just showing my ignorance by not recognizing genuine explosive damage when I see it? Bullet holes and charring would seem to be the trademarks of an air attack; these cars look like they’ve been beaten with a sledgehammer.

Update: There might be bullet holes in the hood of the Jeep. Can’t tell from this distance whether they’re holes or just some sort of stain.

No windows on either of these cars either, except for the windshield. Were they blown out, or salvaged? If the former, where’s the glass on the ground besides the Jeep?

Update: Unrelated to these photos, but we do have another confirmed picture kill. Randy’s also got a possible fauxtography catch of his own, although I think that has less to do with phony photos than poorly written captions. The dates refer to the date each photo was taken, I think, not the date of the airstrike. Incredibly misleading, although perhaps not deliberately so.

Update: The Bekaa attack was carried out by Israeli drones. Are they even equipped with bullets?

Update: Michael Totten has a photo showing what happens when one of Hezbollah’s rockets comes in contact with a car.

Update: Clint Taylor e-mails me to say that it could be the first car went into a ditch in the panic after the attack and rolled over, rolling over a rock on its way. Which would still make the caption false, but would at least account for how the hole got there.

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It looks like rocks (or something heavy) was dropped onto the cars from the (cliffs? trees?) in the left of the pictures.

Number 2 on August 14, 2006 at 2:12 PM

All they need now is Flat Fatima somewhere in there to make it look more dramatic!
Viva the fauxtography revolution!

NTWR on August 14, 2006 at 2:24 PM

Good questions AP, I’d like to know as well. I guess my question too is: where are the scorch marks? Don’t these missiles/rockets explode? If so, wouldn’t there be easily identifiable evidence of a fire; even if the fire was brief?

The Jeep and the one above it look like they were hit in almost the exact same place in the same way… front part of the roof down towards the hood. The first one was damaged in the front part of the roof as well. Since I am obviously no expert; my question is: does that even tell us anything?

Again, this post says “Israeli missiles”. Am I to believe that Israeli missiles cannot even blow up a Jeep? I’ve seen worse car wrecks. For crying out loud, I’ve been in worse car wrecks!

Cary on August 14, 2006 at 2:32 PM

Those car set ups look a lot like the Lebanese ambulance shot-you know the one that was supposedly TARGETTED BY THE ISRAELIS…

WriterMom on August 14, 2006 at 2:37 PM

This one…

WriterMom on August 14, 2006 at 2:38 PM

I guess the Israelis hired the Coyote to drop anvils on all these cars. They must have told him to “go out and get all those roadrunners!!” He must be flying around Lebanon in his ACME jet.

Rick on August 14, 2006 at 2:54 PM

A missle penatrator with enough force to destroy a vehicle would implode all the windows just as it pentrated the interior due to vacuum pressure. It would also go into the ground because these are not armoured. A fuzed sensor weapon is designed to pentrate thick armor of a tank. It would wipe out a POV if it ever hit one. I’ve seen Hellfire, the FSW, and cluster munitons up close. I’ve even seen kinetic inert weapons in use. All do extreme damage to their targets. These look like a boulder was dropped in them.

Hmm, Laser Guided Boulders?

Egfrow on August 14, 2006 at 3:04 PM

Not the coyote, the A-Team. The damage looks to be the result of the classic A-Team explosion in front of a vehicle causing the vehicle to fly, flip and roll… or was it fly, roll and flip…

rw on August 14, 2006 at 3:08 PM

The Mid East is full of laser guided liars. What a culture !!! And they wonder why the western lives seem to be worth so much more than theirs are.

Shmo on August 14, 2006 at 3:14 PM


Looks like they all came from the same car lot in South Beirut! One other obvious giveaway is that the tires are all in tact, at least the ones visible. Not one of them is melted which would definitely happen. As for the ‘bullet holes’, they look like they are straight down into the hood, if they are indeed holes. Near impossible trajectory from an airborne platform, should show some sort of angle. The grouping is pretty tight and there are only a few holes, doesn’t pass the smell test again. Also, don’t know of ANY drones that carry rounds, only missiles like Hellfire.


Centurion68 on August 14, 2006 at 3:25 PM

The front windshields in both of the new photos are shattered. Modern windshields don’t break like side windows – they have a plastic layer in them that makes them stay in one sheet, even if the glass is in a million pieces. (Speaking from experience, it’s much nicer than being cut to ribbons.)

Doesn’t look like it happened right there, tho. No side window glass on the road, nor any sign of what hit it. Presumbly, bombs don’t perfectly vaporize after impact.

Tanya on August 14, 2006 at 3:46 PM

OH NO…. you’ve all ferreted out the latest Isreali secret Weapon…

Called the David… you know… like the one that slew Goliath??? They got the idea from all the dang rug rat rock throwers in PLO land…

Its an ultrmodern Trebuchet which can hurl an immense boulder hundreds of yards completly obliterating your enemy…

Romeo13 on August 14, 2006 at 4:01 PM

A yo, it’s ya boy Xzibit in the house! MTV Lebanon sent me to pimp your rides Hezbollah! Let X to tha Z take yo hoop rides on ova to West Bank Customs and hook you up!

RightWinged on August 14, 2006 at 4:12 PM

Didn’t Wile E Coyote have one of those missles made by Acme?

Hening on August 14, 2006 at 5:38 PM

I don’t suppose there’s any BLOOD anywhere on these vehicles? What a fake.

The blogosphere has figured it out but how long will it take the old media?

Mojave Mark on August 14, 2006 at 7:59 PM

In my opinion, neither vehicle was hit by an explosive warhead. Others have noted the lack of blown out windows or fire damage. I further note that all of the sheet metal damage is inward; had it been an explosive warhead from a missile, the sheet metal would be bent outward (what little sheet metal that would have been left intact). These vehicles look like someone dropped a rock or cinderblock on them from a height, as has been mentioned. At most, these took collateral damage from an explosion elsewhere. For what it’s worth, I’m ex-Air Force (14 years) and ex-private cop (8 years); I’ve seen explosive damage, vandalism (cinderblock + overpass) and storm damage up close.

Rusty Bill on August 15, 2006 at 12:28 AM

I think the IAF is not actually bombing these cars. I believe that the IAF are bombing with cars. Nothing like dropping a 3500 pound Chevy Nova onto the top of a Hezballah Missle position. Very little collateral damage also.

Egfrow on August 15, 2006 at 3:28 PM