Yesterday, the IDF did something innovative: it opened a channel on YouTube and posted videos to it that help explain why Israel is fighting Hamas. The site hosted about a dozen videos showing things like Israeli humanitarian aid deliveries to Gaza and airstrikes that prevented terrorists from firing rockets at Israeli civilians.
This was apparently too much for YouTube, which moments ago removed several videos from the IDF’s channel, including the most-watched video, which showed a group of Hamas goons being blown up in an air strike as they loaded Katyusha missiles onto a truck. The point of such footage, as if it needed to be said, is not to revel in violence — it is to show the legitimacy of Israeli self-defense.
I have no idea why youtube would have removed the videos, and were I in charge of things at youtube, I would have done otherwise. Having said that, the IDF channel says that youtube has since restored many of the videos:
We were saddened earlier today that YouTube took down some of our exclusive footage showing the IDF’s operational success in operation Cast Lead against Hamas extremists in the Gaza Strip. Fortunately, due to blogger and viewer support, YouTube has returned some of the footage they removed.
On to my point- I can’t tell what the purpose of the IDF channel is other than to provide war pr0n. Here is a sample video:
Here is another:
And there is video after video like that. I just don’t get what they are trying to prove. Absent any other documentation, it just looks like the standard cockpit video from any bombing mission. Yes, some of the buildings are marked “rocket launching” and “tunnels,” but to an untrained eye, it could be anything. Here is another one:
Just kidding. That is actually a British tornado dropping a bomb in Iraq.
Do you see my point? You can’t really tell what is going on in the videos from the IDF other than explosions of buildings. The IDF videos may be something that experts can watch and understand, but for a PR move, it would seem to fall flat, because to most people it probably looks just like buildings blowing up. I am not sure what the persuasive message is in that, because pretty much everyone agrees that the IDF is in fact blowing up buildings in Gaza.
Again, maybe this is something for the experts, but I can’t see how this proves anything to laymen like me. Those videos could be of anything blowing up in the last twenty years of laser guided missiles videos, and I would not know any difference.
And before there are any truthers out there claiming I am accusing the IDF of lying, I am not. I simply don’t understand how this is an effective PR out reach. Maybe I am just misunderstanding, and this is not intended to persuade the masses, but instead directed at those who do know what to look for in bombing run footage. Regardless, the IDF channel says the point is to get their message out to the world, but I just can’t tell what that is. Am I missing something?