The first casualty of war is truth . . . and truth is never more at risk than in a war against an Islamo-Leftist enemy. Since the Israeli offensive began, social media and major news and television sites have been overrun with faked images purporting to show Israeli soldiers caught in the act of brutalizing children or simply showing dead children.
For decades, Israel never took this disinformation war seriously, only to wonder in the war’s aftermath why she had won the actual battles, but continued to lose ground in the war of public opinion. This year is different. For the first time that I can remember, the Israeli Defense Forces are taking the disinformation war as seriously as the war itself. From the first air raid, they explained why they were doing what they were doing, used video footage to show how surgically precise their air raids are and, most importantly, didn’t apologize. If you act craven, people will assume you’re craven. This time around, Israel has been behaving as a righteous combatant.
What Israel is also doing is acting aggressively to stem the swift flow of disinformation. A good example is the IDF’s own website, which debunks a photo purporting to show an Israeli soldier with his foot on a tragic little girl’s stomach and an automatic weapon aimed at her body. In fact, the whole thing is just as staged as it looks. It comes from a rally in Bahrain. The people in the image are actors in the peculiar passion play of the Islamic world, one that has the true child killers attempting to project their own vile practices on the Israelis who work so hard to avoid civilian deaths.
Here’s the heartrending “innocent child” photo:
Pull the camera out a little, and you see that this is nothing but play-acting, with Muslims in both major and minor roles:
Even Leftist water-carrier Richard Cohen is beginning to figure this one out:
Of all the points of disagreement between Israel and Hamas, maybe the most profound is this one: Israel cares more about sparing innocent lives — including those of Palestinians — than does Hamas. Not only have Hamas and other militant groups this year sent more than 700 rockets crashing haphazardly into southern Israel, but also Hamas instigated yet another war where the chief loser will certainly be its own people. If hell has a beach, it’s located in Gaza.
The Gaza Strip is a congested, fetid place. It is densely populated and in the slums and housing blocks, Hamas has hidden its weapons, explosives and rocket launchers. Israel has gone out of its way to avoid civilian casualties. Its air force has used new, highly accurate ammunition aiming for rocket-launching sites and government installations. For the most part, it has succeeded.
For Hamas, civilian casualties are an asset.
Let’s see, though, if Cohen can convince his own employer — the Washington Post — to stop lavishing it’s paper and cyber pages with lovingly delineated photos (many faked) of dead Palestinian children. Somehow I doubt it. The narrative is in place, and the MSM is running with it.
I’m posting these debunkings my real-me Facebook page, where 90% of my Facebook friends, culled from my years as a student, lawyer, and parent, are liberal. I don’t include nasty comments with the post, because there’s no mileage in calling my friends blind or stupid. Instead, I preface them with the well-known statement that the first casualty of war is truth. I trust them to be smart enough to draw their own conclusions, I hope that they are honest enough to make the effort.