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GUEST COMMENTARY: War By the Polls? What’s Going On Here?

Posted by kinchendavid on August 5, 2006

 By Joseph J. Honick

 Bainbridge Island, WA  — There is something incredible going on as the tiny State of Israel contends not only with the terrorist Hezbollah but its financiers and suppliers from Iran and Syria and the promoters from other Arab countries:   judgments are being promoted by the likes of CNN, AOL and others   not party to the conflict to decide through polls whether Israel should defend its citizens aggressively.

 Suppose World War II had been run this way as wave after wave of courageous RAF and American Air Force bombers flew dangerous missions against our enemies.  Suppose, George Washington had conducted a poll of the Colonies before leading his often unenthusiastic troops against the British in the American Revolution.

   As outlandish as all that sounds, it is what is going on right now, with almost no one questioning the process?   Reporting from inside Lebanon,   CNN’s reputable   correspondent   Anderson Cooper revealed the phoniness of Hezbollah’s controlled sudden eruptions of sirens and ambulances, shrieking people on scooters and other carefully created incidents.

According to Cooper: Civilian casualties are clearly what Hezbollah wants foreign correspondents to focus on.   It keeps attention off them — and the questions about why Hezbollah should still be allowed to have weapons when all other militias have already disarmed.

 Continuing, Cooper reported:  “After letting us take pictures of a few damaged buildings, they take us to another location where there are ambulances waiting.   This is a heavily orchestrated Hezbollah event.  When we got here, all the ambulances were lined up. Then, one by one, they’ve been told to turn on their sirens and zoom off so that all the photographers here can get shots.”

 Those ambulances aren’t responding to any new bombings.  The sirens are strictly for effect, according to Cooper, who concluded by saying “Hezbollah may not be terribly subtle about spinning — (but) is still organized enough to have a public relations strategy.”

   It is no accident that The Royal embassy of Saudi Arabia paid its PR firm, Qorvis Communications, $3.6 million during the six month period ending March 2006 for support of Ambassador Prince Turki Al-Faisal’s so called “listening tour” of the United States, according to the reliable public relations publication O’Dwyer’s Newsletter — or that King Abdullah suddenly plunged into the Israel/Hezbollah conflict by asserting “Saudi Arabia warns everybody that if the peace option fails because of Israeli arrogance, there will be no other option but war.”

   These $3.6 millions are on top of many more millions paid to the firm to conduct extensive media relations work that, according to O’Dwyer, resulted in editorial board meetings for the Ambassador with the Los Angeles Times, CNN and New York Times editorial meetings.

 Witness as well the apparently and carefully orchestrated polls of Americans after heavily anti-Israel news reports from the same media.   In the case of CNN on just one day, an anchor repeated over and over again that Hezbollah had been legitimized by election to the Lebanese government, with virtually no contradictory commentary about its abuse of that involvement by remaining an armed force while others have been disarmed.  It also ignored that such election historically also put Adolf Hitler legally into office in Germany as Vice Chancellor.

   Also missing from any known analysis is that much of the news coverage comes from an assemblage of reporters, biased and otherwise, from around the world somehow permitted to set up all sorts of sound, lighting, cameras and personnel, mostly in the Lebanon side.   The numbers of people who have to be involved are hard to calculate, but, in such situations, they can constitute scores of such folks, and it is interesting to note how easily they can roam the territory Hezbollah wants them to report on.

   What we have then is little attention being paid to the incontrovertible fact that it takes hundreds of millions to finance Hezbollah without revealing the sources of those funds given that the militia, movement or whatever it is called, is not supposed to receive money for its efforts from the Lebanese government.

   This leaves the conclusion that the terrorist organization is the surrogate for Iran and Syria with sudden further public endorsement by the Iraqi Prime Minister for whom we provide billions to keep the Iraqi government going and to whom we supply more than 130,000 American men and women to protect his country.

   In the end, there is good reason to suspect the Saudis, who have long worked to propagandize against Israel with its oil wealth, and other Arab countries who have declared their yearning to destroy not only Israel but Jews almost everywhere, have conspired to finance Hezbollah at heavy costs to innocent people in both Lebanon and Israel and to foment uprisings in Gaza which Israel surrendered at huge cost.

   The question ultimately is why the media so heavily contacted because of Saudi millions have not raised these questions, and why Congress has ignored these realities as well.

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Joseph J. Honick is a contributing columnist to Huntington News Network and President of GMA International Ltd.  




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