Victor Davis Hanson speaks on the enemies' view of America (from the Hugh Hewitt conversation; for other topics see here and here.)
VDH: They think that we are a wealthy, affluent, leisured society
that doesn't have a moral sense, that are corrupt, that are godless,
and that they are zealots. They believe in a hereafter. They have a
more pure view of human experience, and that we hide behind our
technology and our sophisticated weapons, and we're not able to get
down and dirty with them and fight for what we believe in. They believe
that we don't know who we are, if we're better than the alternative.
And they think in the long war that this is becoming, they're going to
outlast us. So when they see a John Kerry say these things, or they see
a Dick Durbin, or they see a picture like this, they say a-ha. You see?
We're winning on the battlefield, because these people do not want to
support this long war. They don't believe in it.
Stanley Kurtz highly recommends "Suicide Killers," a movie eventually to be released commercially. He writes:
A couple of days ago, I saw a remarkable documentary called “Suicide Killers.”
This was at a screening intended to help qualify the film for an
academy award. The film has already made an early cut in the Oscar
nomination process. Because this documentary contains extended and
unprecedented interviews with actual suicide bombers,
Amir Taheri offers a fascinating analysis of Hezbollah's diminished influence and stature after the war with Israel. Sheik Hassan Nasrallah no longer receives the adulation he enjoyed immediately after the war. Very interesting developments indeed.
This is truly disgusting. Hezbollah fooled the world again with fake reports and charges against Israel. If it weren't for investigative bloggers doing the analysis (where is the MSM?), these staged events would have gone undetected. Here's the site with the details of the alleged Israeli attack on a Lebanese ambulance and the investigation that discovered it never happened!! Fraud! Phony! Phony! Phony!
Where does that leave us? Here's the conclusion of the report:
But if the entire incident turns out to have been an elaborate but
clumsy hoax, where does that leave the reputation of the media? Not a
single reporter or editor doubted the story for a second. Or if they
did, they certainly didn't inform readers of their doubts. Why did the
media swallow the story hook, line and sinker? In their zeal to bash
Israel, did they allow themselves, consciously or unconsciously, to be
duped by Hezbollah supporters into broadcasting propaganda as news? Or
is the media so eager to jump on any fresh scandal that they simply
switch off their critical thinking and become absolutely credulous of
any juicy tale thrown their way?
It took the blogs and non-professional independent researchers to
shine the harsh light of forensic analysis on this case, in the process
debunking just about every aspect of the allegations. And this was done
merely with the meager scraps of evidence left over by the
"professional" journalists, and by squeezing the maximum amount of
information out of the subtlest of clues. But if the journalists who
were right there on the scene had even the slightest interest in
actually investigating the story, they had access to all sorts of
information that could have blown the lid off the case. How hard would
it have been to go back to the Red Cross office after a few days to
inspect the ambulance carefully in person? To look at the hole in the
roof, to photograph the rust up close, to search for burn marks or
blood on the gurneys, to notice the driver's healthy chin? Wouldn't that have been a scandal worth reporting?
Is the media that gullible -- or does it have a political bias? Either way, its credibility has now been lost.
I have updated my August 2nd post on the phony pro-Hezbollah, anti-Israel propaganda pictures coming out of Lebanon. Click here and then scroll down to see the incredible videos. Do we have a bunch of naive dunderheads in MSM? Or is it a matter of the MSM choosing sides and cooperating in a propaganda effort against Israel and the West? Either way, skepticism is now the watchword in viewing any photos on TV, in print, or on the internet.
Update 8/16/06: Michelle Malkin provides a helpful summary article for WorldNetDaily.
Update 8/18/06:Joel Mobray updates the situation still further and concludes his article saying,
given that thugs from Hezbollah, Hamas, and Arafat’s Fatah control
almost everything in the most “newsworthy” areas of the Arab world, any
scene or event encountered by Western media outlets must be viewed with
But it’s not as if this is news to the Western media. They know it. Yet pretend as if they don’t. That’s the real travesty.