I'll play Devil's advocate, if you don't mind (even if you do
Another mystery is why the people who were in the basement of the building remainder there for seven to eight hours after it was struck.
It occurs to me that perhaps the fact that it was night time complicated matters. The bomb was dropped after dusk, no? And rescue crews appear to
have moved in at first light. That seems pretty standard, unless rescuers were equipped with high-powered portable lights and the generator trucks to
keep them lit. (They don't have those things, do they? No.)
There are other mysteries. The roof of the building was intact. Journalist Ben Wedeman of CNN noted that there was a larger crater next to the
building, but observed that the building appeared not to have collapsed as a result of the Israeli strike.
I read somewhere that a man who claims to have been ejected from the house by the bomb, also claimed that the bomb came in the doorway, not through
the roof. Not sure where I read that, or who the man making the statement was connected to, but there may be something to that.
There was little blood, CNN's Wedeman noted: all the victims, he concluded, appeared to have died while as they were sleeping -- sleeping,
apparently, through thunderous Israeli air attacks.
What conclusions can you draw from that? Do you think they were poisoned or something, while they slept? As far as the lack of gore in the wake of
an explosion, could there be another explanation? Could fine dust kicked up by the explosion combined with the intense heat to create a sort of
enamel/powder coat effect? Sounds plausible enough to me, but I'd have to look through a bunch of pictures of victims who died under similar
circumstances to be more certain...
It's really odd how the rescue mission didn't start until the morning when the journalist were summoned. Are we really to believe that the survivors
would wait for journalist before they started digging for their loved ones?
I think you've passed up a much more logical conclusion in favor of one that fits your theory. As I said before, without the aid of high-powered
portable lights and generator trucks, there's nothing to be done until daybreak.
In places without the necessary equipment to keep the lights on during the nightime hours, rescue operations are suspended until dawn. You don't
want to go digging through a big pile of shifting rubble in the dark, it's hard enough as it is in the daytime. The goal is to get survivors out,
and you can't very well do that if you bring the damaged structure down on their heads because you can't see that the slab of concrete you're
struggling to move is actually holding up a section of floor, or whatever.
My personal favorite item in this event is the actor we'll call "Green Helmet Man". This same man is seen in numerous pictures as he holds the
bodies of dead children. Over and over again we see this same worker, no doubt just an actor on the payroll of Hezbollah. The real "got-cha" is that
someone noted that this same man was seen in the same green helmet back in some 1996 photos.
Now this is very interesting to me. I don't think that it's necessarily an indication that the attack was staged, he could simply be Hezzbollah's
media liason, or something similar. Also, consider that even if the photos were staged, that doesn't necessarily mean the attack was also staged -
and vice versa. We don't know, we can only speculate.
Still, it's a very, very peculiar facet of this story. It's definitely got my interest...