Ugh. This is exactly the type of "propaganda victory" I said the Israeli government needed to avoid a few days ago:
Of course, neither Mohammed Zaatari nor the Associated Press have presented any evidence on either
side, to confirm or deny whether this man is telling the truth. They merely report his Hezbullah propaganda verbatim
, without a moment's thought.
for in-depth journalism?
To the dopes
in the Israeli government that cooked up this harebrained scheme: If you're going to release a Hezbullah fighter in hopes of getting back a citizen or soldier you care
about, make sure it's the meanest, baddest, absolute most
thug that you can find. That way, the press can't pull crap like this
atrocity on you later.
(Plus, if you release a total
thug, you have two advantages: Namely that he is (a) most likely not the smartest one
of the bunch, and (b), he'll be downright trivial to identify
should you ever run into him again.)
Paging all clue-enabled Israelis
: Please report to the Government immediately
. They've been going it without you for far
too long now.Update:
Obviously, we should take the word of a murderous group of thugs
over that of a sovereign nation:
Tags: ali hashisho
Israel/Lebanon War 2006