Ray Robison has the details of yet another staged photo coming out of Lebanon after an Israeli strike. The photojournalist who took the photo (Lefteris Pitarakis) was recently recognized and rewarded by the Associated Press with the “$500 Beat of the Week” award for outstanding photojournalism.
The Islamofascists really have the MSM wrapped around their fingers, don’t they?
In related news on the Israel vs. Hezbollah front, the UN-approved ceasefire agreement is falling apart – Israel is saying it will disarm Hezbollah if the UN won’t. They should go ahead and prepare to do just that, because the only thing the UN seems to be able to do is talk endlessly and come up with meaningless ‘resolutions’.
The NYT reports this morning that Hezbollah is ‘gaining stature’ in the Middle East. After the UN essentially recognized them as a state, and with the UN also getting Israel to agree to a toothless ceasefire that Hezbollah had no intentions of abiding by, this is not exactly surprising news.
More: Michael van der Galien at Liberty and Justice points out that Kofi Annan said yesterday that “dismantling Hezbollah is not the direct mandate of the UN.”
Update I: WHAT? Read what Condi Rice had to say about the idea of a UN force disarming Hezbollah:
That “political agreement” will be the responsibility of the Lebanese, Rice said in an interview with USA TODAY. In the past, the Lebanese government has been unwilling or unable to disarm Hezbollah, a movement that is now part of the government itself. A United Nations resolution on the books since September 2004 has called for all Lebanese militias to disarm.
And we’ve seen how fruitful that ‘resolution’ has been, haven’t we?
“I don’t think there is an expectation that this (U.N.) force is going to physically disarm Hezbollah,” Rice said. “I think it’s a little bit of a misreading about how you disarm a militia. You have to have a plan, first of all, for the disarmament of the militia, and then the hope is that some people lay down their arms voluntarily.”
Hmm. Maybe a new GOP slogan to keep and attract people to the party who are sick and tired of Islamofascists getting away (literally) with murder around the world could be: “Hope is on the way!”
If Hezbollah resists international demands to disarm, Rice said, “one would have to assume that there will be others who are willing to call Hezbollah what we are willing to call it, which is a terrorist organization.”
We should “assume” no such thing. Hezbollah has achieved a moral victory here, via the UN recognizing them as a state, by the UN getting Israel to back of their strikes on Hezbollah targets in Lebanon, and by the UN’s failure to enforce disarmament resolutions regarding terrorist outfits in Lebanon that they (the UN) put in place back in 2004. This emboldens Islamic extremists, who see any form of ‘backing down’ as surrender. Which is, in effect, what Israel and the US – through the UN – has done.
Hat tip: Andrew McCarthy at NRO