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Hezbollah Marketing in Action

John on August 16, 2006 at 5:27 pm

One homemade banner like this showing up in Lebanon doesn’t surprise me:

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An anti-US banner decorates the rubble of a building destroyed during the month-long Israeli offensive against Hezbollah, in the southern village of Abbassiyeh, close to the port city of Tyre, Wednesday Aug. 16, 2006. The writing in Arabic reads: ‘Made in U.S.A.’. France and Turkey sent their top diplomats to Beirut on Wednesday to discuss the deployment of a 15,000-strong international force to southern Lebanon, part of which the U.N. hopes can be in place in the next two weeks. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Two, on the other hand, suggests a marketing effort.

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Lebanese people through a destroyed street, next to an anti-U.S banner, in the Hezbollah strongholds of the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday Aug. 16, 2006. Tens of thousands of people have returned to their shattered villages in eastern and southern Lebanon as well as Beirut’s southern suburbs, or Dahiyeh, to find their homes either damaged or totally destroyed in a month of fighting between Israel and Hezbollah. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Note these are different banners in different towns shot by different photographers on the same day. I don’t doubt people in Lebanon feel that way, but it’s still a staged photo.

Hezbollah…always savvy with the images.

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