Qana Story Bogus?
A Washington Post blogger named Jefferson Morley
posits that the Right-Wing blogosphere is manufacturing its own equivalent of the 9-11 conspiracy theories.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."
Our buddy Rick at the Real Ugly American takes on Morley
. Turns out, for starters, he's got the wrong death total:So can you please explain why your number is almost double that of the Red Cross and Human Rights Watch? Perhaps you are citing Lebanese security officials like this ABC report?
I have not had the time to look deeper into this story, but I know that a lot of people who have are concluding that it's a bunch of BS spread by Hezbollah. Comparing legitimate inquiry with the tinfoil hattery of the 9-11 Deniers is not helpful to anybody, Mr Morley.
Arutz Sheva has a lot more
. It's an Israeli newspaper, so take it with a grain of salt.
Update: Granddaddy Longlegs has been all over this story