Sun Jul 16th, 2006 at 09:22:16 AM EST
Is the Western media already being revisionist about the last few days events' in the Middle East?
The first time I read about the incidents in the Western media, I got the distinct impression that the killed and captured IDF soldiers had been on the Lebanese side of the border. In my opinion, this was an Israeli incursion into Lebanon.
Later that day, after reading posts on various blogs and other western media stories, I realized that somehow I had gotten the story wrong: the stories invariably said that Hezbollah had entered Israel to kill and kidnap Israeli soldiers, and my view of the situation changed: the Israelis needed to defend themselves.
Now, I read various stories in the non-western press, for example at Asia Times (www.atimes.com) and they are validating my first impression:
To them, it is legitimate self-defense. They back this argument by saying that Israel still controls the Sheba Farms, which are part of Lebanon, and still has Lebanese prisoners in Israeli jails. Also, they add that the Israeli tank destroyed by Hezbollah, and the soldiers captured and killed on July 12, had trespassed into Lebanon's side of the border with Israel.
(And if you have time, read the rest of the article - it's the only one to do that I've read that explains everything that is happening in Lebanon right now)
So George Bush is saying that Israel has the right to defend itself, but this wouldn't sound so good if it was Israel that had started this latest round of events, would it? Is there a concerted effort in the MSM of the West to actually change history or is this just a misunderstanding?