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Another Case of Bad Rubble?

Captainfish sent along a very interesting scoop yesterday, of some pictures that purported to show some Palestinian children playing in the rubble of an Israeli-bombed building. As Cap'n points out, the ground in this picture shows a mound of dirt around and over the rubble that is starting to grow grass.

I don't know about y'all, but whenever I try to repair the bald spots in Ye Olde Backyard, I've noticed that it takes a lot longer than 6 days to grow.

Of course, in the interest of fairness, the caption on the photo reads:

Palestinian children play on the ruins of a building destroyed in a recent Israeli air strike, in Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, Monday, March 10, 2008. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has instructed the army to halt air strikes and raids into the Gaza Strip following a recent drop in rocket fire from the territory, officials in his office said Monday. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)

By using the generic "recent," there's no way we can determine exactly when the building in question was "renovated." Of course, this works both ways—On the one hand, we can't say for certain that the AP is claiming that the building was bombed within the past week. But, on the other hand, we also can't be certain that it was bombed recently, rather than in the more distant past.

Could go either way, but I'm not sure there's much to raise a stink about, given the evidence I've seen so far. I'll see if I can find the same rubble in the other wire service archives, and see if any of their captions make more specific claims. I'll be updating this article if I run across anything interesting.

Those of you who've been reading this blog for a long time might recall a similar story of "repurposed ruin" from back during the Israel/Hezbullah war of 2006. My commentary back then would still apply in this case, I think.

In an unrelated note, all I can say to this picture is, "Awesome!"


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