Friday, August 04, 2006

Alright, explain this one!

For an update on this post, see here.

To and fro go the arguments as to whether the pictures were staged. We have largely concentrated on "Green Helmet" but we also had a look at "White Tee-shirt" (pictured right) in the previous post. This is the man the Guardian and the Telegraph both chose (with many others, including The Independent) for their iconic representation of the Qana incident.

Now, however, we have found two more photographs of "White Tee-shirt", both of them with him working in the wrecked building. This first one (left) has him looking at bodies, but the interesting thing is his tee-shirt. Look at it closely, with an inset as large as I could make it without losing definition (also, slightly larger above). The garment appears to have writing across the chest.

The second photograph of this pair has a Red Cross worker to the fore, holding the body with which "White Tee-shirt" (background) is to make his "camera run". There is another inset, with the picture expanded as large as it will go without losing definition. Again, look at the tee-shirt. Once again it looks like there is writing across the front.

The marking is not distinct, but it is there is two separate photographs, each showing the torso at a different angle. Can it be shadow of folds in the shirt?

Now we have a scene that we have seen before. This is a video grab which shows the bodies of two girls, still in the wrecked builing. The one that "White Tee-shirt" is holding is taken off him by "Green Helmet" who uses it for his "camera run". The one to the left is then taken by "White Tee-shirt" for his. But look at his tee-shirt. There is no sign of any writing on the front – just a discrete logo on the left of the chest. Our man also looks rather clean and well-groomed.

Here now is the iconic "camera run". This is the one captioned, "man screaming for help…". There is urgency in his pose, anguish in his face and he is running, with "Green Helmet" alongside (presumably having already done his own camera run. Look now at the close-up of the tee-shirt (below left). Again, there is no sign of writing on the front – just the neat, discrete logo.

OK… let's put is altogether. "White Tee-shirt" is part of the rescue party – frantically digging for survivors (they hope) and recovering the bodies. There is a frenetic air about the operation – eye witnesses say there was chaos and there is the ever-present fear that the building will collapse further.

But, after the Red Cross worker takes the body of the child, with "White Tee-shirt" present, and before it is given to "White Tee-shirt" to take it out of the building, it seems that our iconic figure may have changed into another tee-shirt. Has he changed into fresh attire, ready to make his "camera run", whence he is photographed "screaming for help"?

Now, NewsMax, reports that news photographers saw aid workers wrapping furniture in body bags hours after the Qana attack then loading the "corpses" into ambulances for the benefit of television news cameras. Crucially, we are also told that "Hezbollah officials at the site prevented the photographers from documenting the fabrication". This is from sources at the scene who asked not to be identified.

Can people believe that the reporting (and especially the filming) of the rescue was not stage-managed by Hezbollah officials? And, as for "White Tee-shirt's" loyalties, look at this report from France 2. At 4.27 minutes into the report, we see the interior of "White Tee-shirt's" home. It is a shrine to Hezbollah.

As one of our forum members remarked – what more do you need – a director's chair with "Hezbollah" on it?

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