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Lebanon and the impact of news pictures

Trawling through Lebanese blogs this morning I found the recurrent image was not of bloodied faces or bomb sites (those are there also in all their horror) but of sweet young girls writing in felt tip on bombs.

They are in Israel and were taken for AP by Sebastian Scheiner.

Ahmed, a computer engineer in Lebanon, in his Colddesert bog writes:

Yesterday I got these photos; Israeli kids writing messages on bombs before they are sent to Lebanon. Daniele, the cute girl in the photo, is writing on the bomb a message of love. That’s nauseating, if this is how children are raised in Israel, there is no chance of any peace in the middle east, not now, not in a 100 years.

A close investigation of the message written on these bombs reads, “To Nazrala [Nasrallah] with love from Daniele and Israel.” I am afraid that these rockets will not hit Nasrallah, most likely they will be used to kill another civilian (with love). I wonder if the kid below was wounded with a bomb sent with love?!

Sabbah, who is in Bahrain, writes of the same pictures:

There is nothing better than these days to explain the importance to propaganda.

The photo story about the Israeli girls signing bombs to Lebanese has spread like fire on the Internet as well MSM [mainstream media], and as you can see the sample of comments following my post, it’s a sample of everything. Yes, everything!

Of course, not everyone sees it the same way. Hyscience which describes itself as middle-of-the-road conservative and is based in the US, had a post headed: AP And Foreign Press Do Their Part To Create Anti-Israeli Sentiment: ‘When A Picture Isn’t Worth A Thousand Words’

The circumstances in which these pictures were taken will probably be discussed for some time.

The fact is that they have had a tremendous impact and blogs are giving journalists, trying to pierce the fog of war, some insight into what ordinary people are thinking.


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