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August 07, 2006

WaPo Reporter: Israel Deliberately Leaves Rockets In Place, Because Jewish Corpses Make For Good PR

Wow.

I mean: Wow.

Did I mention, Wow?

THOMAS RICKS, REPORTER, "THE WASHINGTON POST": I think it will be. But I think civilian casualties are also part of the battlefield play for both sides here. One of the things that is going on, according to some military analysts, is that Israel purposely has left pockets of Hezbollah rockets in Lebanon, because as long as they're being rocketed, they can continue to have a sort of moral equivalency in their operations in Lebanon.

KURTZ: Hold on, you're suggesting that Israel has deliberately allowed Hezbollah to retain some of it's fire power, essentially for PR purposes, because having Israeli civilians killed helps them in the public relations war here?

RICKS: Yes, that's what military analysts have told me.

KURTZ: That's an extraordinary testament to the notion that having people on your own side killed actually works to your benefit in that nobody wants to see your own citizens killed but it works to your benefit in terms of the battle of perceptions here.

RICKS: Exactly. It helps you with the moral high ground problem, because you know your operations in Lebanon are going to be killing civilians as well.

Which "military analysts" would those be, Ricks? Hezbollah military analysts? Larry Johnson? Scott Ritter? Markos of the Daily Kos?

I'm so glad that we have a MSM that refuses to indulge in thinly-sourced wild speculation and conspiracy theorizing, unlike all these irresponsible bloggers.

Remember what I was saying before about foreign stringers?

Forget that. I'd say we have bigger problems.

Thanks to Amish Doesn't Live Here Anymore.


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