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Fauxtography in search of a point

"It was da joos!"
Lebanese President Emile Lahoud is using a photograph from Qana to illustrate a point in his address to the UnTIed Nations. I'll do my best to pull a transcript of his speech to find out what the context in which he's using it is, but needless to say, I doubt he's saying, "This illustrates the cynical nature of the activist press."

This does appear to be "an historic" moment in the eyes of the press. The wires are flooded with various angles of this exact same pose, sent across by two of the major agencies so far. I can't wait to see the report on this speech, which can be summarized easily by saying:

"It was da jews."

It should be noted that Emile Lahoud has been serving illegitimately beyond the limits imposed by the Constitution of Lebanon. As is the practice with good dictators everywhere, Emile seems to be carrying on a strong tradition.

UPDATE 13:13 EST: The speech is in! Read it here and weep (PDF format)

I have completed the OCR of the speech, and it is posted to the extended article without corrections. Will be highlighting my favorite parts next!

UPDATE 13:31 EST: AS I THOUGHT. He's taking the Talking Points of the Non-Aligned Movement 100%, and is repeating everything said by the other dictators before him.

Emile Lahoud, welcome to the Axis of Evil.

UPDATE 13:44 EST: Jeha points out that nobody really listens to Emile Lahoud in Lebanon. Unfortunately, his successor may be more of a problem than he is. Thanks for pointing that out, Jeha!

UPDATE 13:59 EST: Charles has noticed this story, but hasn't discovered our additional context yet. C'mon over, Charles! We've got more of the story here.

UPDATE 15:07 EST: He's really being given the royal treatment by the Chosen Fauxtographers. Be sure to check out all of the wonderful objective photographs future 8x10 glossies.

UPDATE 15:56 EST: All three agencies have now chimed in with photographs of the, well, fauxtograph, now that the AFP has transmitted the work of one of their photographers. We'll probably see one or two more scattered shots, but it's clear that they all found this to be the defining image of Emile's "Throw the Jews down the Well" speech. Emile's country has a problem, indeed.President Lahoud's speech follows (it's OCRed from the above-linked PDF file, so any errors are most likely attributed to me—er, I mean, my software!):

Madam President,

Today, I am honored as I congratulate you on your election as the first Arab woman to ever preside over this austere body, and I hope that this heralds a new era of better understanding of women's aspirations and Arab causes.

Also, I would like to thank His Excellency, the Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan, for all that he has done for Lebanon and for the cause of peace in the region and the world as a whole.

Madam President, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I stand before you, representing a terribly wounded country, a country whose ordeal is well known to you - my ravaged country, Lebanon.

From July 12 through August 14, my country was subjected to 'a barbarous aggression and to a rarely seen campaign of savage dismemberment, when hundreds of fighter jets emptied their loads of heavy and banned bombs, targeting mostly civilians, killing and maiming thousands, and destroying all that made Lebanon a viable state. Obviously, this was a premeditated Israeli "sentence" to destroy my country and everything it stood for, having been blessed and termed by His Holiness Pope John Paul I1 as a "unique message to Humanity, " in which people of different sects could coexist and live togetherpeacefully. This aggression became even more cruel, when it won the tacit approbation of certain GREAT POWERS.

Regretfully, the United Nations Security Council looked powerless in its attempts to stop the slaughter of Lebanon's children and protect the peace in Lebanon and the Middle East. It took over a month and numerous calls for an immediate ceasefire, for all those concerned to finally impress a mere "Cessation of Hostilities," that is yet to become a formal and final "ceasefire."

It becomes self-evident for us to question the "credibility of the United Nations," in light of the Secretary-General's acknowledgment that the delays in adopting Security Council Resolution 1701 did indeed harm this credibility. Moreover, we cannot but have serious doubts as to this organization's ability to safeguard world peace, when its resolutions are subjected to the vagaries of a very few world powers.

Today, as I stand before you, I ask:

How many Children was this evil, vengeful machine of destruction supposed to have killed, before the world community decided to respond in defense of a "rightful" cause?

Allow us to ask this question, as we are filled with a deep sense of grief, when scores of our fallen citizens are still beneath the rubble.

allowing for the indictment of Israel's actions, in sympathy for the thousands of innocent civilians who were killed and maimed by the "smart," cluster and phosphorus bombs, and those laced with depleted uranium.

Madam President, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Inspired by the principles and treaties of the United Nations, Lebanon retains the "Right of Action" to prosecute Israel before the competent bodies, most notably this venerable Assembly, or that of the International Tribunal, and to request the appropriate reparations for all the catastrophes Israel has inflicted on Lebanon.

Today, I ask you to stand by my country, as that will be written down as a just and rightful stance. I also call upon you to differentiate between him who defends his country against Israeli aggression and occupation and strives to liberate his countrymen from decades of unlawful imprisonment AND those elements who perpetrate acts of wanton slaughter against their countrymen and others equally. May I remind you that Lebanon's experience with the scourge of terror goes back a long way, and it took a very heavy toll on its armed forces. (Emphasis in original.)

Madam President, Ladies and Gentlemen,

The most recent aggression on Lebanon has left this small country scarred and terribly afflicted, with thousands of its innocent people either killed or injured. The toll of destruction runs through several thousand housing units, hundreds of bridges, ports, airports, and factories. But my message is the following: "The WILL of our People to LIVE and MOVE FORWARD has proven to be much stronger than defeat and despair." In record time, the people of Lebanon launched a campaign of reconstruction, made even more successful by instant and comforting gestures of good will from many friends, at home and abroad. It is with such overwhelming support and assistance that Lebanon will beat all odds towards a stellar rebirth, thereby scoring another point in favor of Humanity.

Madam President, Ladies and Gentlemen,

There is ample talk today of the need to reach a PERMANENT and comprehensive peace in the Middle East, which is something Lebanon has stressed for decades. However, we are quick to point out that NO such peace can be achieved in the Middle East without addressing the root cause of instability in the Middle East, namely the Arab-Israeli dispute and its core issue, PALESTINE.

Despite the horrid events in Lebanon, a window of opportunity has presented itself and should be fully exploited in order to revigorate the Middle East Peace Initiative that was founded on the Arab Peace Initiative adopted during the Beirut Arab Summit of 2002.

The Arab Peace Initiative remains the suitable venue to achieve a permanent, comprehensive and just peace, because it simply calls for the implementation of all United Nations resolutions as they pertain to the withdrawal of Israel from all occupied Arab lands, and for the return of Palestinian refugees to their homes.

Only such a settlment will be capable of affording Lebanon and its neighboring countries with the stability and security they long for and would give Israel a sense of security - something it has failed to obtain through sheer force and aggression. Moreover, this should put an end to the hemorrhage in the Palestinian territories and foster moderation where despair has bred extremism and violence, most notably in Iraq, where it is vital for all of us to help that tortured Arab nation preserve its territorial integrity and the unity of its people.

Today, there is incessant talk of a "New Middle East" as a harbinger of better things to come, and this prompts us to ask the following:

"IS what we have witnessed in Lebanon and continue to see in Palestine and Iraq
conducive to an environment of Peace and Tranquility?"

"IS this much heralded "New Middle East" only attainable through widespread
strife, unimaginable bloodshed, roving sedition, and oppression?"

Our conception, Ladies and Gentlemen, of a "New Middle East" is one that is coherent with the United Nations resolutions, and that is in concurrence with the principles of justice and right as stipulated in these resolutions. Our idea of a New Middle East is one where a comprehensive peace settlement becomes reality and guarantees the rights of all; where Palestinian refugees return home as stipulated in UN Resolution 194, and as such, are NOT resettled in hostcountries; and where prisoners return to their loved ones.

This is the ONLY way to attain a stable Middle East, and all else will plunge our region into further upheaval and bloodshed.

Madam President, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Should our conception of peace in the Middle East become reality, I can assure you that the need for conferences, studies, and discussions of terrorism would become moot. Should this happen in tandem with serious attempts to combat poverty and sustain acceptable levels of development in needed areas, this will certainly parch the pools where terrorism draws its human and financial supports.

Madam President,

I have recently read one of your statements where you emphasize that the rehauling of the United Nations is going to be one of your top priorities. I would like to commend you on such a position, because no one appreciates the need for world peace more than the people of the Middle East, since we recognize the fact that the preservation of world peace requires a United Nations CAPABLE of taking decisions and COMPETENT to see them through.

Here, I would like to reiterate what I said from this very pulpit only last year - that "the core values of a democratic andjust world are best served by enhancing the capabilities of the United Nations and its instruments, and by reinforcing "in-house " democratic values. This institution should remain a sanctuary of world consciousness and the primary defender of human values such as Freedom, Justice, and Peace. " (Emphasis in original.)

Perhaps the reforms that were carried out so far, such as the establishment of a Human Rights Council and the Peace Building Commission, will constitute the needed incentives for achieving a United Nations capable of safeguarding right and justice.

Taking into consideration current trends in world affairs, I propose to the General Assembly the creation of a Commission leading to lay the foundations of a Charter of "The Rights of Nations" - one that will be of equal importance as the Human Rights Charter, and that shall IMPOSE on member states, ALL states, a code of conduct that is founded on the principles of justice and the rule of law.

Madam President, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I come here from a country riddled with scars, rising from the nibble and ashes of aggression, to speak of justice. I do not pretend to pontificate from the helm of a tank.

Lebanon remains a peace-loving nation, and it extends its hand to all those who share with its peaceful vision, founded on a just settlement and extracting as such the seeds of oppression and violence.

We trust that the forces of Good will prevail at the end, because its flames bum in the heart of the righteous, because the sounds of Jubilation will undoubtedly prevail over the beating of War drums and the sibilating of Hate and Violence.

Thank you, Madame President.

There you have it. "Peace loving" mullahs with Qassem rockets are the answer to Israel ZIONIST OPPRESSORS.

This man is as evil as the rest of the "Non-Aligned" Axis of Evil.

The reporters are having a collective—well, you know—over this event. There were over a dozen photographs on the wire of essentially the same pose as above, from every single news agency.

 Tags: ed betz julie jacobson keith bedford mike segar qana ray stubblebine stephen chernin AFP AP REUTERS #Israel/Lebanon War 2006


#1 Battal Agha 21-Sep-2006
This guy is a Syrian Agent. He does not deserve the attention he is given. He should be directed to look at the Cana hoax on the blogs...
#2 captainfish 21-Sep-2006
WOW,... didn't realize that the whole battle was the whole and complete fault of Isreal and was carried out as part of their premeditated long running war against Lebanese children.

You would think that if they had all this time preparing for this all-out-obliterative war, they would have prepared better and had produced a better outcome for Isreal.

And now, Nasrallah is calling for the removal of Lebanon's government because they are pro-Isreali and pro-West.

so, who is who?
#3 Jeha 21-Sep-2006
I take issue with your post, which I find insulting to all Lebanese.

First, you mispell the name of Lebanese Puppet-President Lahouss. please verify your sources, next time you post.

You give more space to this idiot than the Lebanese do; I had no idea he made a speech. Come to think of it, I had non idea he could read.

But you have to admit, he dresses well... BTW, there was a big fashion show in Beirut. Are you sure you got the pictures from the right venue?
#4 Brian 21-Sep-2006

You know I mean no ill towards Lebanon or the regular Lebanese citizens thereof. I *do* mean ill will towards Hezbullah, Syria, and their enablers, which is why I use targeted language against your President.

Regarding the spelling of his name, my source is none other than THE United Nations:

Notice that his name is spelled LAHOUD in the transcript as well. I'd imagine that's the English transliteration of his name that the Lebanese government prefers to use, but that's as uneducated a guess as ever.

As always, I hold you in the highest,

#5 Brian 21-Sep-2006
Jeha's written back a bit later to point out my "dense-ocity." Apparently, in Arabic, "Lahouss" refers to "someone" who licks, well, "something."

Sorry for missing the joke there, Jeha! I'll work on doing better next time! :)

#6 The Jawa Report 21-Sep-2006
Un-freaking-believable. Lebanese President Emile Lahoud holds up a photo taken of the Qana incident as proof (his words) that Israel targetted civilians. The photo is of Hezbollah operative Salam Daher (aka, "Green Helmet Guy") posing as a relief worker and...
#7 Miscellaneous Pages 21-Sep-2006
Here's the speech given by Lebanese President Emile Lahoud to the UN in full copied from Snapped...
#8 Chirac est un ver 22-Sep-2006
Just can't get enough of Green Helmet man these days. Salam Daher is a big star in the West too but for very different reasons.

I'm suprised the president of Lebanon was not aware Green Helmet man has been debunked and sneered at in the West because of his blatant dishonesty. He should immediately inform his master - Assad.
#9 01-Oct-2006
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