What's Wrong With This Picture? - An exercise in common sense
When I was a kid, I thought no one lied - I was honest - so I thought everyone else was. It took me a while, but I soon learned that I was sorely mistaken. However, I still trust people to tell the truth, unless I have reasons to believe they are lying.
The last few days have been pretty brutal, with images of charred and disfigured Lebanese bodies, and of Lebanese children whose bodies are strewn on the ground like rag dolls - some burned beyond recognition. In the last few days, almost 200 people in Lebanon have been slaughtered, and my guess is over a dozen Palestinians (their plight has been conveniently buried). Before yesterday, Israelis had declared 2 civilian casualties and yesterday that figure climbed by another eight.
Last night, I looked at all the yahoo pictures online - over 350. Then I thought to myself - something's wrong with these pictures . . .
I've already been branded antisemitic (which is not true). So for now, draw your own conclusions. Below is a representative sample of both Lebanese and Israeli images. There are a slightly higher number of Israeli images here than there are in the total pool - to illustrate my point. My analysis will follow, after you're finished.
As you analyze these images, make believe that you are a juror, examining the photos for evidence of damage, both personal and property, and for evidence of pain and suffering.
There is no other evidence upon which you can base a conclusion.
As an impartial juror, what can you reasonably be sure of based ONLY on these images and the credibility of their source?
Hint #1 - look for what's missing in these pictures.
Hint #2 - one reader below has it right. Can you tell who it is?
"Mariam Shihabiyah, 39, a divorced mother of five, carries her pillows as she leaves a bombed area of the southern suburbs where her apartment is situated in Beirut, Lebanon Sunday, July 16, 2006. ...(click image for rest)(AP Photo/Ben Curtis)"
A woman hurt in the Israeli strikes on Tyre, Lebanon, is helped to safety. (Getty)
"A man walks over the rubble of a building that was demolished by Israeli air strikes in Nabatiyeh, Lebanon july 16, 2006. (Kamel Jaber/Reuters)"
"Black smoke is seen moments after a rocket slammed into the port in the northern coastal city of Haifa. ...(click image for rest)(AFP/Elad Shababo)"
"A wounded Lebanese woman, covered in blood, is evacuated after surviving an Israeli air strike in Tyre, south Lebanon. ...(click image for rest)(AFP/Hassan Ammar)"
"A rescue worker from Zaka scrapes blood at the scene of a rocket attack in Haifa July 16, 2006. Hizbollah rockets killed eight people in Haifa ...(click image for rest) (Yonathan Weitzman/Reuters)"
"Israeli rescue workers carry away a body from the central train station following a rocket attack fired from southern Lebanon on the northern Israeli coastal city of Haifa. ...(click image for rest)(AFP/Roni Schutzer)"
"Lebanese men pass by the wreckage of vehicles in front of a building that holds the Lebanese Interior Ministry's civil defense center of Tyre, after it was attacked by an Israeli warplane at the southern Lebanon city of Tyre, Sunday, July 16, 2006. Israeli airstrikes reduced entire apartment buildings to rubble and knocked out electricity in swaths of the Lebanese capital Sunday, ...(click image for rest) (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)"
Two-year-old Karim Qobeisi is treated in hospital in the southern market town of Nabatiyeh in Lebanon Sunday, July 16, 2006 after he was injured during an Israeli airstrike whilst in his house, according to his father who was also injured. ...(click image for rest) (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)
An Israeli woman collapses at the Ramam hospital after hearing that her brother was killed in the northern coastal city of Haifa after rockets fired from southern Lebanon crashed into the city. ...(click image for rest)(AFP/Gali Tibbon)
A wounded Lebanese woman is covered in blood after surviving a devastating Israeli air strike in Tyre, south Lebanon. ...(click image for rest)(AFP/Hassan Ammar)
Collapsed buildings are seen in the Hizbollah stronghold in southern Beirut July 16, 2006. Israeli aircraft pounded areas in south, east and northern Lebanon on Saturday...(click image for rest)REUTER/Fadi Galioum (LEBANON)
Sisters of Tal Amgar, an Israeli sailor killed after his naval vessel was attacked by Hizbollah off the coast of Lebanon on Friday, embrace during his funeral in Ashdod, Israel July 16, 2006. REUTERS/Amnon Gutman (ISRAEL)
Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz, fourth from left, visits the site of a rocket attack by Hezbollah guerrillas at the train station in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, Sunday July 16, 2006. Lebanese guerrillas fired a relentless barrage of rockets into Haifa on Sunday...(click image for rest)(AP Photo/Baz Ratner)
A rescue worker from Zaka gestures at the scene of a rocket attack in Haifa July 16, 2006....(click image for rest)REUTERS/Yonathan Weitzman (ISRAEL)
Zaka religious rescue workers remove a body from the site of a rocket attack by Hezbollah guerrillas at the train station in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, Sunday July 16, 2006....(click image for rest)(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Police officers inspect the site of a rocket attack by Hezbollah guerrillas at the train station in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, Sunday July 16, 2006....(click image for rest)(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
The flattened area of rubble is what is left of the Hezbollah headquarters in the suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon, after Israeli air strikes reduced them to rubble early Sunday morning, July 16, 2006. . . .(click image for rest)(AP Photo/Issam Kobeisi)
A Lebanese man looks on a destroyed four storey building after it was struck by an Israeli warplane missile in Abbaseyeh village on the outskirts of the southern Lebanon city of Tyre, Sunday July 16, 2006.. . .(click image for rest)(AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
An Irish child cries as Israeli warplanes cross the air, while she waits with her family to board a bus to be evacuated from Lebanon, in Beirut, July 17, 2006. REUTERS/ Sharif Karim (LEBANON)
A Palestinian man grieves after seeing the body of Ali Attallah, 21, at a Gaza city morgue after he was killed in an Israeli attack in Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza strip Sunday July 16, 2006.Five Palestinians were killed on Sunday in Gaza as the Israeli military continues it operations. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
The father of Ali Attallah, 21, grieves after viewing his son's body at the Gaza city morgue after he was killed in an Israeli attack in Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza strip Sunday July 16, 2006. . . .(click image for rest)(AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
Palestinians walk next to Palestinian Foreign Minister Mahmoud al-Zahar's office, which was destroyed by an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City July 17, 2006. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem (PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES)I got these two images (above and below) from the same set of images I got almost all the others. However, by the time I got back to copying the captions, they had both mysteriously disappeared. From what I remember reading, both show what appears to be the same Israeli man injured in the blasts at Haifa.
Click here for my analysis.