The population of Yugoslavia was comprised of many different ethnic backgrounds as well as religious groups; most of whom which were bitter rivals, perhaps even enemies, with a long and tense history. The majority of Yugoslavia was composed of Serbs, who were mainly Orthodox Christians, Croats, mostly Catholics, and ethnic Albanians who were majority Muslim. Over the years, the bitterness and hostility of the rival ethnic and religious groups sharing the same country was brewing and bubbling until a civil war finally erupted in the early s. Bosnia parted from Yugoslavia and became an independent nation in
Link directly to this section On the night of July 23,an Israeli aircraft intentionally fired missiles at and struck two Lebanese Red Cross ambulances performing rescue operations, causing huge explosions that injured everyone inside the vehicles.
If true, the incident would have been an egregious and indefensible violation of the Geneva Convention, and would constitute a war crime committed by the state of Israel. But there's one problem: What does it matter whether there was a big cloud of smoke over Beirut, or a really big cloud of smoke, as one notorious doctored photograph showed?
The ambulance incident, however, was anything but trivial. The media accused Israel of the most heinous type of war crime: If true -- and it is almost universally accepted as true -- then Israel would lose any claim to moral superiority in the conflict.
The commanders who ordered the strike should be brought up on war-crimes charges. As it is, the worldwide outcry over Israel's purported malfeasances grew so strident that the country was pressured into a ceasefire.
The media's depictions of Israel's actions so influenced public opinion that Israel felt compelled to end the fighting right at the moment it was starting to gain the upper hand.
And as a result, Hezbollah has now claimed victory.
The Red Cross Ambulance Incident was perhaps the most damning of all the evidence against Israel, and the most morally indefensible. Other incidents were open to debate: But targeting clearly marked ambulances, and hitting them directly -- there's no possible excuse for that.
So this specific incident contributed to the outrage over the war, eventually causing Israel to stand down. Which makes it all the more shocking to learn that the attack on the ambulances most likely never occurred, and that the "evidence" supporting the claim is in fact a hoax.
First, let's review exactly what is supposed to have happened, by looking at the media's coverage of the incident; next, we will examine how the evidence does not hold up under close examination.
Link directly to this section If you're already familiar with this incident, and want to go directly to the photo analysis and examination of the evidence, then scroll down to the following section. But even if you think you already know the whole story, it might be worthwhile to see just exactly how the story unfolded, chronologically from the very beginning, and how it acquired new details with every retelling.
Here is a step-by-step outline of the media's case against Israel: Red Cross press release This is where the story apparently first broke: The latest of these incidents occurred on 23 July, at According to Lebanese Red Cross reports, two of its ambulances were struck by munitions, although both vehicles were clearly marked by the red cross emblem and flashing lights that were visible at a great distance.
The incident happened while first-aid workers were transferring wounded patients from one ambulance to another. As a result, nine people including six Red Cross volunteers were wounded.
Notice how this initial description is fairly neutral: Associated Press The story went global when Kathy Gannon of the Associated Press included a description of the incident in a human interest story filed just a few hours later.Feb 28, · The Bosnian War: the Fight for Independence In Bosnia and Herzegovina had one the biggest genocide to come after WWII, in turn killing over , civilians.
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