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Hezbollah Marketing in Action Part 2

John on August 25, 2006 at 2:22 pm

Back in this post, I noted that Hezbollah seemed to have embraced a marketing campaign for the benefit of photographers. I specifically noted these two photos taken on the same day in two different towns:

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Some may have seen it as a coincidence. For those who did, I offer this photo dated today:

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I count at least five banners that read “Made in the USA.” Unlike the previous two which at least appeared to be hand made, these are clearly professionally produced. They have been placed throughout the wreckage for maximum effect. By who? The caption doesn’t say, in fact doesn’t even mention the signs. It reads:

A Lebanese woman walks past the rubble of a building which was destroyed during the recent conflict between Israel and Lebanon’s Hizbollah in a southern suburb of Beirut August 25, 2006. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (LEBANON)

And if there was any remaining doubt who placed the banners, check out this photo:

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George Lilikas, left, Foreign Minister of Cyprus, walks next to a banner placed by Hezbollah with Legislator Qassem Abul Aziz as they tour the devastated residential neighborhoods of southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon,Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006. The United Nations wants Cyprus to be the site of a rear command and staging center for the expanded international force in Lebanon, Cyprus’ foreign minister said Thursday. Lilikas said the U.N. informed the government a few days ago of its intention to set up the center on the eastern Mediterranean island. (AP Photo/Satvros Ioannides)

So now we know who placed the banners. Hezbollah hides among civilians and then when civilians are killed uses the wreckage as a prop to claim moral superiority.

Would they do the same with dead bodies? Yes.

Would they do the same with old ambulances? Yes.

How about burning Korans? Yes.

Are the photographers who take these pictures aware of the intentional deception going on?

Update: I also note that Hezbollah’s marketing campaign has a slogan: “The Divine Victory.” You can read more about its use here. The story notes:

Hours after a UN-brokered ceasefire agreement took effect at 0500 GMT, Hezbollah activists handed out posters claiming victory in the Shiite movement’s fight against Israel.

Is Hezbollah an army or a marketing team?

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