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 The 1st Casualty of War

I found this article posted this morning by Hal Lindsay, he isnt my favorite when it comes to biblical prophecy, but this article rings true:

here is the link to the website:

The 1st casualty of war

Posted: August 11, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2006

Three weeks into Israel's war with Hezbollah, anyone reading the mainstream media coverage of the conflict would come away with the impression that Israel is not only the aggressor, but that Lebanon is a "victim" of Israel, rather than being a victim of its willing participation with Hezbollah operations against Israel.

To begin with, it is somewhat difficult for Lebanon to credibly claim victimhood at all. For years, Hezbollah has paraded through the streets of Lebanon's cities, including Beirut, as the assembled crowds (presumably Lebanese) alternatively chant, "Death to Israel" and "Death to America."

Lebanon is plastered with posters exalting Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah as he glares over slogans proclaiming Israel's impending destruction at Hezbollah's hands.

When Hezbollah was elected to fill offices in the Lebanese government, they were presumably elected by Lebanese voters in elections wherein they received the majority of Lebanese votes.

Lebanon looked the other way as Syria and Iran funneled boxcars' worth of advanced weapons to Hezbollah fighters living openly among ordinary Lebanese. Those weapons are hidden, not in Hezbollah strongholds, but in the homes of those ordinary Lebanese civilians.

Hezbollah stockpiled some 13,000 rockets for use against Israel, said rockets being fired from Lebanese territory into Israel for the past three weeks – while Lebanon's government, military forces and police services did nothing to stop them. They didn't even try.

Indeed, Lebanon's prime minister issued a public statement of thanks to Hezbollah for its "defense" of Lebanon against the Israeli "aggressors" – before issuing a statement of solidarity with the terrorist group.

Lebanon's cries of victimhood are a hollow echo of the post-Nazi German citizens who feigned ignorance of Nazi aims and atrocities.

The mainstream media has settled on the "principle of proportionality" as its benchmark standard against which to measure Israeli restraint. Simply stated, this means that Israel must proportionately lose as many of its citizens as Lebanon does for the war to be "fair."

By that standard, Germany owes England the utter destruction of one of its largest cities to balance the firebombing of Dresden, and Japan is owed two American cities. When one applies such a ridiculous standard in the first place, then any counter-argument is similarly unconstrained from any rules of logic or common sense. Hence, the concept of a "fair" war.

I believe it was Winston Churchill who first uttered the phrase, "Truth is the first casualty of war." No matter. Whoever said it first, it is an astute and unassailable observation.

The mainstream media has abrogated any responsibility to the truth in its coverage of Israel's war against Hezbollah. Newspapers are plastered with photos of Israeli "atrocities" against Lebanese civilians.

And, if they can't find them, they invent them.

Recent photos from one Israeli strike showed a "victim" being pulled from the rubble. Another photo – from the same rubble – shows this same victim, this time playing the role of rescuer. It is either a faked photo designed to inflame public opinion against Israel, or a miraculous resurrection miracle worthy of Vatican investigation.

Reuters recently admitted to publishing faked photos of an attack on central Beirut. An AP photo showed a Lebanese woman "inspecting" the damage done to her home. Later, the same woman (identifiable by a scar on her cheek) was shown lamenting the loss of her home again.

Only it was a different home.

The Qana attack in which 54 women and children were killed has turned out to be as credible as the "Jenin Massacre" of a few years back in which the Palestinians disinterred bodies from local graveyards to increase the body count. An Israeli drone captured a "dead" Palestinian "victim" falling off his funeral bier, then, miraculously, getting up on his own and climbing back aboard to continue with his "funeral" procession.

The AP and other news organizations ran rolls of film of a Lebanese "rescuer" carrying the lifeless corpse of an innocent infant killed in an air raid. Judging from the number of different pictures of the same guy and the same baby, he must have carried that baby's corpse around with him all day long while posing for the cameras. It is ghoulish.

Oddly, the overwhelming evidence that most of the war coverage in Lebanon is either completely faked or exaggerated beyond recognition by reporters sympathetic to Hezbollah (how could anybody be sympathetic to Hezbollah?) has done little to dampen international criticism of Israel's war effort. Critics of the Jewish state have made up their minds – they have no intention of allowing themselves to be confused by the facts.

Trying to reason with those who already hate Israel and are merely looking to justify their anti-Semitism by any means possible is like trying to debate the circumference of the earth with a member of the Flat Earth Society. Only one side is bound by facts.

At Ynet's website, one reader feedback entry about the story about the faking of war news offered this stellar evaluation:

"Who cares ? isnt the point that this woman's house was destroyed. point is this woman was actually upset.. who cares about when and how did reuters sell the pictures. Also, the timestamp could be the time of publishing. YNET is enjoying spreading propoganda !! you should be ashamed of such low-class israeli media," writes someone signing himself, "john – Canada." (Spelling and punctuation as in the original.)

Pavel, from Moscow, said the faked photos were really "lies coming from these far-right U.S. websites." If it isn't Israel's fault, it's America's!

The truth was evidently murdered – most likely by Jews of evil intent – during one of Israel's air strikes against the "innocent Lebanese" who sponsored, sheltered and aided the Hezbollah terrorists raining rockets down on Israeli civilian targets.

If the truth weren't dead, then somebody might note that, even IF Israel were targeting civilians, Hezbollah is ONLY targeting civilians. But then some idiot would start harping about Israeli propaganda, while complaining that not enough Jews are dying to meet the mainstream's "principle of proportionality."

When it comes to Israel, no accusation is too bizarre to be believed, and no accusation is too outlandish to be presented by the mainstream media as "fact."

The prophet Zechariah predicted this scenario more than 2,000 years ago, writing, "And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered against it." (Zechariah 12:3)

Those who would advocate the destruction of Israel would do well to read through Zechariah's entire prophecy, recalling that Israel can do much more than target Hezbollah strongholds, should the Jewish state be pushed to the limits of its endurance:

"And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth." (Zechariah 14:12)

That's not propaganda. That is prophecy.

Push Israel too far, and it just might make the transition from the realm of future prophecy to that of recorded history.

Matt Kroelinger

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