Friday, August 25, 2006

Hezbollah Wags the Dog? has an insanely detailed and fairly plausible exposé of how the much-trumpeted deliberate Israeli missile attack on two Lebanese ambulances was actually an anti-Israeli hoax. Kind of 9-11 Conspiracy Theory-ish, but with less "wack" and a lot more "oh".

If they're right, then a whole lot of prominent international journalists who covered the story would be guilty of uncritically regurgitating questionable 'facts'. If that comes as a surprise to you, then you just haven't been paying attention. One might further wonder, considering the Reuters photographer who actually Photoshopped his pictures to make Israel look worse, if some of these reporters might have wanted the story to be accurate.

This would also signal an increased savviness among Hezbollah supporters, who have come to recognize the importance of PR. Clearly, if there is a perception of victory against Israel, it doesn't matter whether it's really true. The same would go for war crimes. Just make people think they did it, and, for all intents and purposes, they did. What you can't win on the battlefield, you win in the arena of public perception.

Let's not forget, though, that he sole MO of PR is to convince people that BS smells A-OK.
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