Pics Or It Didn’t Happen (aka ‘Schrödinger’s Rockets’)

In the face of continued onslaught of rocket & mortar fire from Gaza, the IDF will eventually retaliate in full force. And most of the world will believe the lie that the counterattack is unprovoked.

Cross-posted at Israellycool.

On Wednesday, Israel struck at several targets in Gaza, IN RESPONSE to recent rocket fire from Gaza into Israeli civilian areas.

Why the bold red font?

Because that crucial bit of context has ended up on the cutting room floor of far too many newsrooms in the last months and years. This massive, mendacious error of omission is why the knee-jerk Red-Green-RonPaul alliance has spuriously accused Israel of unprovoked assault during Operation Cast Lead in late 2008/early 2009.

While there are plenty of people out there who are always ready and willing to accuse Israel of horrible crimes that they know to be untrue, plenty more really are under the impression that Israel keeps throwing the proverbial first punch. And that is largely because the gatekeepers of this information flow have decided not to let that little nugget through.

As you can see on the Official Challah Hu Akbar Gaza Rocket Counter™, there has been no shortage of Qassam & Grad rockets, and mortars recently.

Over the last few months, as Gaza-to-Israel attack totals have been climbing steadily upward, there have been a few lonely voices out there on Twitter, telling anyone who will listen what is happening in real time.

For example, Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich of the IDF Spokersperson Unit had this triptych o’ tweets from the beginning of February:

Here’s a more recent set from Paula Stern, aka A Soldier’s Mother:

In 2012, we pride ourselves on the ability to instantaneously call up visual evidence to confirm or deny just about any claim out there. In the information age, we are offended by the very thought of information being withheld from us. But because this information never gets to the masses, many people don’t even have a clue that they’re being deprived of this crucial information in the first place.

This leads to the phenomenon I call ‘Schrödinger’s Rockets’.

The Qassams, Grads & mortars are both real and unreal, both true and illusory, depending on which person you ask. They are both slamming into homes, schools, playgrounds & open fields, and sitting peacefully in their launchers, depending on whether anyone in the media has bothered to tell you about them, or whether you’ve bothered to find out for yourself.

To the people who haven’t ‘seen the pics’, it really didn’t happen. So when Israel finally counterattacks, all they see is an ‘unprovoked’ attack.

Of course, the rocket attacks are all too real, just as the frenzied global reaction is all too predictable. So as a public service, for those of you who had no idea that there is an ongoing barrage from Gaza into Israel, here are some pics, so you can no longer say it didn’t happen:

Israel’s maritime blockade of Gaza is legal, there is no occupation in Gaza, and now that Gilad Shalit is finally home, there is no humanitarian crisis either.

There is only the lethal hiss of rocket after rocket being fired from Gaza into civilian areas in Israel.

And it sounds eerily similar to the steady drumbeat of an approaching, all-too-avoidable war.

So…y’know…just sayin’…

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