Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Unfired rounds in a long-standing war

Little Green Footballs has a highly amusing post today on an Agence France-Presse photo showing an Iraqi crone holding up two "bullets" that supposedly hit her house during a Coalition raid in Sadr City. The projectiles in the photo seem to have survived the impact rather well -- which is only to be expected, given that they're still in the cartridge cases of unfired 5.56 mm rounds.

If you do a search on Yahoo’s site for Wissam al-Okaili, the AFP photog who snapped the hilarious shot, you will find that he stages his subjects in a recurring motif: children peering pensively through broken windows. I found four different examples of this. Another shows adults staged in the same way.

Plucks at the heartstrings – just like all those wire-service shots, taken by local stringers, of fresh new toys sitting unbesmirched on rubble in Lebanon during the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict in the summer of 2006. In this context it is worth noting the calls by the second International Conference in Support of the Arab Peoples in 1969 for "all information media [to] be mobilized to enlighten world public opinion" and by Arab League Secretary Shedli Klibi in 1979 for "an Arab information campaign in the widest sense," both of which are cited by Bat Ye'or in Chapter 9 of "Islam and Dhimmitude: Where Civilizations Collide" (Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 2002).

The Muslim world's propaganda war has been under way for quite some little while.

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