Lebanon’s PM: ‘Horrific massacre’ as 40 killed in airstrike
Lebanon’s prime minister said Monday an Israeli airstrike on the southern village of Houla left 40 people dead.
“An hour ago, there was a horrific massacre in the village of Houla in which more than 40 martyrs were victims of deliberate bombing,” Fouad Siniora told Arab foreign ministers in Beirut.
…Siniora choked back tears, wiping his eyes as he spoke, The Associated Press reported. The ministers applauded.
“If these horrific actions are not state terrorism then what is state terrorism?” AP quoted Siniora as saying.
“How AWFUL! Dreadful! Horrible Israelis!” you say, n’est pas?
But ~ like the $19.95, 1-800-number commercials on TV ~
WAIT !! There’s MORE!
A yellow “News Alert” banner is flying above that incendiary headline with the rest…
Lebanon’s Prime Minister Siniora now says one dead in Houla, not 40 as he said earlier.
Al-Reuters photo to follow, I’m sure. Just as soon as they put the mouse down.
UPDATE: Screenshot below (and more on the meeting where he announced the Israeli non-massacre.) I wonder if there was anyone around to applaud when it turns out the casualties were significantly less?
UPDATE Part Deux: MSNBC just got this up a bit ago…
Lebanon retracts claim that Israel killed 40
Prime minister now says one person died in airstrike on village
…while noting in additional news:
U.N.: Hezbollah had fired rockets from nearby
U.N. peacekeepers at a post near Houla reported Hezbollah fired rockets toward Israel twice Monday from positions near the U.N. base.
(Damn. I thought those guys were never anywhere near a U.N. outpost ~ all Zionist lies and such!)
MSNBC is also being very careful to distance themselves from any al-Reuters taint…
MSNBC.com was not among the news publications that ran the photo when it was first offered.
(They’re using ‘RETRACT’ a lot today.)
These are the ministers (Morroco, Kuwait, UAE, etc.) who applauded his…premature… massacre announcement. Nothing like working a sympathetic audience with theatrics when you’ve got an agenda to push.
Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora choked back tears as he told a meeting of Arab League foreign ministers in Beirut that 40 people were killed by an Israeli airstrike on the southern border village of Houla, but he later said only one person was killed.
Saniora got strong backing from the foreign ministers, who warned the U.N. Security Council against adopting resolutions that don’t serve Lebanon’s interests. They decided to send a high-level delegation to New York to press Lebanon’s case.
You can always straighten out the details later.