I’ve been reading a few articles and several big name blogs that are discussing what I find to be the silliest thing about the war on Lebanon: a bunch of photos that were doctored by a Reuters photographer, more specifically one that added a bit more black smoke to a smoldering building. It’s a perfect example of stupidity in my opinion: ignore the building but for the love of God let’s focus on the black smoke. The photographer made a big mistake but the stupidity that has ensued is just mind boggling.
In another episode people are busy analyzing photographs of children and playing amateur CSI investigators by claiming the splatter of blood is in the wrong place: this picture of a 5 year old girl with blood all over her clothes doesn’t mean she’s dead because there’s no signs of blood on her face. Or this other photo where the streak of blood that runs down the edge of a little girl’s mouth as she’s being carried from the rubble, is absent in the photo taken when she’s placed in the ambulance. Aha! Someone must have wiped the blood from her mouth! What is this CSI: Beirut?
Are you fucking kidding me!? Where is the fucking humanity!? This is the 21st century and THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE OF THE SO CALLED CIVILISED WORLD ARE SO CONCERNED WITH?!
This by the way is the exact same crap that was being thrown around after the U.S. invaded Iraq. It has become more popular in recent times because of the media, the Internet, bloggers, access to information. But the Iraqi body count started piling up to the extent that even claiming one body amidst a graveyard of bodies is a fake seemed silly. I’m of course glad it took that many bodies for people to realize it’s silly. This is also the same crap pulled in Gaza two months ago, a little girl holding the limbs of her family in her bloody hands on a beach picnic that was suddenly interrupted by an Israeli shell and people would rather discuss why they can’t see a crater or why a sandal is in a specific place and why it didn’t get blown away, or the 30 degree angel of blood splattered on the girls shirt is just wrong for this type of shell. Ignore the girl, ignore the situation, and letÃ¢??s concentrate on the photo. But luckily this talk about fake photos or staged deaths was put to rest after Israel couldn’t ignore the fact that it did happen. But then of course they said it was Hamas that did it.
This is also the same crap pulled by the dumbasses who deny the Holocaust. How do we prove that those killed were actually Jews? The Nazis determined who was Jewish based on measuring the length of their noses. Do we trust the black and white photos from the 1940’s or shall we dig up the graves and pull out the measuring tape? Does that sound insensitive? Too soon?
It’s another way to say that Arabs are so barbaric that they use the bodies and limbs of children to stage photographs. Well here’s a bit of enlightenment: with all the bombings and killings and villages completely crushed, Arabs don’t need to stage photos, there are enough body parts to go around without having to make it look worse.
But no no, let’s forget about all the people who have died, one fake photo means the whole war is a lie. All the rubble and body bags, all the refugees, it’s all made up because after all things are not bad enough. We went from bad to worse, so where do you go from worst? How do you make hell feel hotter? And for what? Sympathy? Western sympathy? Because they’ve come to our rescue so many times in the past?
If you really doubt what’s going on then simply book the next flight to Gaza, to Beirut, to Baghdad and take a digital camera with you. In fact take your children with you and make a vacation of it. And when the bombs start dropping you can tell them that “it’s just the A-Rabs playing their silly tricks.”
Yeah, I didn’t think so.
Meanwhile, fake this…