Friday, August 4

'I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna' take it anymore!'

Noah Pollak has a thoughtful take on what National Review Online is touting as Hezbollah's "chillingly effective media strategy."

First thing it made me think of was that classic of filmaking, "Network," with Peter Finch as slowly unhinging network anchorman Howard Beale going apoplectic on-air:

It’s not clear which of my experiences last week was more educational: Sitting on a hilltop on Israel's northern border, watching Bint Jbiel getting pummeled by artillery, bombs, and missiles — or meeting the Western television reporters who were covering the war, and seeing firsthand how they made theater out of bloodshed.
NBC’s Ann Curry was on the scene. She was taken to a meadow from which a half-dozen 155mm artillery pieces were pounding away at Hezbollah. Curry approached a resting crew of artillery reservists, put a camera and microphone in the face of one pony-tailed young man, and asked (I quote from memory): “How does it make you feel to be firing artillery into Lebanon that is killing innocent civilians?” Curry, in her other interviews for NBC, has been similarly incredulous at the existence of civilian casualties in war.
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Israel: Faith under fire in Nahariya (VIDEO)

Rabbi Yisroel Butman, Nahariya, Israel taking about faith and springing back after a Katyusha rocket strike from Hizbullah in Lebanon on an apartment (background) next to his synagogue.

For more on Chabad activities helping out the homefront in Israel, go here.

Liveblogging a Katyusha attack (UPDATED - AUDIO, VIDEO)

Nahariya resident Nissim Samsoni, 56, in front of his
Katyusha-scarred apartment. (Photo: Dave Bender)

I filed this report from a bomb shelter in Israel's coastal town of Nahariya, near Lebanon on Wednesday afternoon.

After visiting the home of a couple whose apartment next door had been damaged in a previous Katyusha rocket strike, I then interviewed a local Chabad rabbi who is deeply involved in aiding all the community's beleagured residents with food, entertainment and spiritual relief.

Then the Katyusha air-raid siren began to wail...


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