Live from an Israeli bunker

Monday, July 17, 2006

Loop of misinformation: loop into information



Guess what?

Earlier today something fell down in eastern Beirut. The Arab media of course decide it's an Israeli aircraft. The other media from all over the world who were standing around heard and just ran with it.

It was a zelzal missile, the IDF detected and bombed the lunch site of the missile and while not a direct hit it damaged the missile and caused it to launch. It exploded over Beirut, and that's what TV's around the world showed as an Israeli aircraft crash.

The zelzal has a 1300 pound warhead, and a range of about 120km. It would have reached Ako but not Tel-Aviv.

Al-Jazeera kept showing a video of it, and later even showed the crash site and the debris of a plane. Got to love the credibility here, The loop of misinformation loops on.

8 Comments:

  • Just came here from Allison Sommer's blog. Somewhere not far from you I have family and friends in the same situation -- although apparently they aren't nearly as enterprising as you are with your wi-fi setup. Yasher koach, kid. Stay sane, stay safe.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:01 PM  

  • Just came here from Allison Sommer's blog. Somewhere not far from you I have family and friends in the same situation -- although apparently they aren't nearly as enterprising as you are with your wi-fi setup. Yasher koach, kid. Stay sane, stay safe.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:01 PM  

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    By Anonymous Frances Sellers, at 11:37 PM  

  • Hi Frances,
    I emailed a reply to the address you posted.

    By Blogger Live from an Israeli bunker, at 11:49 PM  

  • Dear Live From an Israeli Bunker,
    I'm writing from the Washington Post. How can I contact you directly? My email is (removed)
    Thanks.

    By Anonymous Frances Sellers, at 12:02 AM  

  • Good afternoon,
    I'm a New Yorker living in Texas who heard about your blog from one of the cable news channels, it's incredible how technology brings the world closer.

    I would like to say thank you for creating this blog to let us all know how things are in your part of the world. My thoughts, hopes, and best wishes go out for you, your family, and your fellow countrymen who are going through such tough times.

    Take good care, stay safe, and stay strong. Even when it comes to the most difficult of moments, they do pass.

    With thanks,
    and respect,
    GC

    By Blogger NYC, at 12:32 AM  

  • I am from New York as well originally, currently living in Japan. About Aljazeera, it is so frustrating to me that they criticize CNN and, in fact, all western news agencies as having biased views. So in response, I guess, they come up with the most biased views from what they feel is the opposite point of view. I think that for the most part, American and western media is fair, or at least superficially, they try to be. That can simply not be said for Aljazeera. I think that this mentality and way of acting can also be attributed to the behavior of many extremists throughout the middle east. For example, while I may not always agree with every single one of Israel's tough stance decisions of the past, how can anyone support the childish attitude that the terrorist millitant groups throughout the world have? When Israel targets a group of men who planned a terrorist attack, and most unfortunately, they were hiding out surrounding themselves with women and chidren, and therefore there were civilian casualties, they feel that gives them the right to send in a 16 year old kid strapped with explosives to go and kill as many civilians as possible. I don't know. It's like they have the attitude that "They did something bad, so we have to do something even worse to compensate". That goes beyond the Eye for an Eye mentality, which I think also do not agree with. And this way of thinking corresponds similarly, I think, to certain media outlets, such as Aljazeera. They think that there is a certain predjudice on one side, so they have to compensate by saying something that is not only exponentially more predjudice, but also much of the time totally factually inacurate or even totally untrue. And that is bad. That makes everything worse, in all circumstances.
    I would like to say that even though I just found this blog site, I appreciate it greatly and I plan to check it regularly. And of course I wish you the best in this difficult time.
    Also I have a question. Being from New York, and America in general, I know, as terrible as it sounds, that when there is a serious crisis there is a potential for serious civil unrest i.e. looting, general lawlessness, etc. I know by now everyone in Israel must be very familiar with this type of situation that currently presents itself. But my question is, do people there ever get out of control, or worry about other people getting a bit crazy and stealing from each other, or hurting each other? I hope not, but I am just curious, because as I said, if this were happening in America, I would definately have such concerns.

    I wish you all the best. Take care.

    Mike H. Tokyo

    By Anonymous Mike H., at 3:34 PM  

  • Mike thank you for the comment.
    To answer your question, when this first started there was one person arrested in a northern town that most of its residents voluntarily evacuated themselves. He was suspected of looting. It hasn't occurred since. This might strike you as strange, but there is really no room for such behavior in a situation such as this. It's a very small country; even the criminals are behaving themselves.

    By Blogger Live from an Israeli bunker, at 3:46 PM  

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