Little Green Footballs

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

“The complete lack of evidence is the surest sign that the conspiracy is working”

Or maybe not, the current 'Cause célèbre' of the wingnutosphere is being beaten down by anyone who can read, write and think rationally.

Israel's amen corner (LGF et al) seems transfixed at the moment with trying to excuse/deny/ignore the Qana massacre. So much so that it's started a 'new' kind of revisionism.

No longer are subjects like the holocaust or 9/11 up for 'interpretation', this new breed of right-wing nutjob is now looking to revise history as it happens. Jefferson Morley takes a good look at this subject at the Washington Post.

At a time when American and Israeli public opinion of the war diverge radically from the world opinion elsewhere, the emergence of a right-wing equivalent of the Sept. 11 conspiracy theories is worth noting.

The Qana "conspiracy theory" poses this question: If Israeli shells landed near the building that collapsed between midnight and 1 a.m., why didn't reports of the collapse emerge until about 8 a.m.? One site pushing this question on Tuesday was the Israeli Insider, published by a Tel Aviv company that bills the site as a "an independent, nonpartisan online publication that aims to provide an 'inside perspective' on the latest news, analysis and commentary from and about Israel."


Nevertheless, the Qana conspiracy theory is apparently being taken seriously in the blogosphere and in Israel. The American Thinker, a popular conservative site, says unnamed major media photographers were "willing" tools of Hezbollah. The EU Referendum blog claims its stories on the subject attracted 115,000 page views in a day, more than 50 times the average. YNet News, Web site of the country's largest newspaper, reported the story under the headline: "Blogs: Hizbullah 'Milked' the attacks."
The most telling part of the piece is this.
As for EU Referendum's claim that a Lebanese rescue worker seen in many photos from Qana was a "Hezbollah official," I e-mailed co-author of the site, Richard North, to ask for his evidence.

"All I have to go on is gut instinct," North replied.
That's not 'gut instinct' Mr. North. That's a lie.

Source: The Washington Post


WW said...

I have been posting on the EUR blog as "WW." At first I was intrigued by the conspiracy theory being peddled there, i.e., that the pictures of the casualties from the Israel bombing at Qana were faked for Hezbollah propaganda purposes.

I see Israel and its enemies as scorpions in a bottle. I put nothing beyond any of them, so the idea was interesting. But shortly I saw through the "time stamp" issue.

I and some others called it to their attention but the blogger, Richard North, simply accused the news agencies of covering up a conspiracy. North and his fellow partisans ignored those cautions. Since then, I've aggessively debunked his conspiracy theory.

As I did so, I predicted that I would be banned from his website. North pledged that this wouldn't happen, but it has in fact happened. Liars are always cowards, and EUR is too cowardly to face the truth.

WW said...

Well, it seems that I haven't been banned. What they do is permit ad hominem attacks on me, while deleting my responses to them. But, for now, I'm not completely banned. Give it time.

WW said...

Okay, so they finally DID ban me. This is what liars always do when they gain power, no matter how trivial. They quash dissenting viewpoints. The EUR side is a propaganda outlet for the far right wing, and is pushing a thoroughly baseless and discredited conspiracy theory.