The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing -- Edmund Burke
Thursday, August 10, 2006
"Still, when this is all over, we should not worry about the survival of Israel. For weeks, pundits have been lecturing how canny and adept Hezbollah has proved -- and how a clumsy Israel could only respond by destroying Lebanon's infrastructure. Yet, when the dust settles, the world will learn that Lebanon outside Hezbollah's domain is not destroyed. And, one hopes, those who have suffered in the Hezbollah-controlled south will reexamine their support for a terrorist organization that has brought them -- and itself -- to near ruin.
Instead far more worrisome is the moral crisis in the West itself. If so many of its politicians, intellectuals and media will not or cannot fathom moral differences in this war, they will hardly be able to see them anywhere else."
"The war in Lebanon is an object lesson in border protection. Hezbollah secretly beefed up its forces there as Israel lowered its northern guard. Then Hezbollah attacked. We should take note.
Lest Americans think this is "Israel's war," it's worth repeating that it was Hezbollah that bombed the U.S. Embassy and Marine barracks in Lebanon, killing some 250 Americans. Hezbollah also kidnapped Americans Terry Anderson and Beirut CIA Station Chief William Buckley. Buckley died in captivity with nine others. Some of the masterminds are still at large.
Hezbollah (Party of Allah) is not just a faraway threat. Its leaders have infiltrated the U.S. by breaching our own porous borders."
CNN Transcript-Charles@LGF-"But if it hadn't been for the blogging community, Hajj's fake photos may have never have been exposed."
SIEBERG (on camera): A Reuters investigation concluded another photo taken by Hajj had also been altered, increasing a number of flares fired by an Israeli F16 from one to three. Hajj had worked for Reuters since 1993. Only last Saturday, one of his photos landed on the cover of the "New York Times." But if it hadn't been for the blogging community, Hajj's fake photos may have never have been exposed.
CHARLES JOHNSON, LITTLEGREENFOOTBALLS.COM: It's a sort of taking back the reins of information, I guess you might say from the mainstream media and just double checking and I think people are getting a lot more active about investigating these things.
SIEBERG (voice-over): Charles Johnson of littlegreenfootballs.com was the first blog to report on the photos. He says countless high-tech detectives are now involved in what he calls a blog swarm.
JOHNSON: How many photos have gotten out there that were not quite as crudely manipulated? I think that question needs to be asked. And I can tell you right now that there's a lot of people scrutinizing photos from Lebanon for more manipulation.
SIEBERG: No stranger to the power of the blog, two years ago Johnson found irregularities in the type style of documents used by CBS News in its reporting on President Bush's service in the National Guard. CBS eventually withdrew the report and fired its producer. Now after applying the same principles to a photo of Beirut at war, the bloggers have claimed another victim. Daniel Sieberg, CNN, Atlanta.
[Charles LGF Reuters]