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Hezbollah astroturfing the UN

The Counterterrorism Blog "exposes" Hezbollahs use of a staged demonstration during Kofi Annans visit. They describe how a group of bearded men herd some "head scarfed" women into line and instruct them in how to chant. Furthermore the outfit seems to have very good connections to the Lebanese security people, knowing exactly where and when Annan would make his stop.

Counter-terrorism blog calls it "propaganda", I don't. But if anything, it shows that Hezbollah has a top professional way of doing public relations, reflecting Hassan Nasrallah's oratorical skill and shrewdness.

By the way, "astroturfing" is rolling out fake "grassroots" - in this case, a fake "public demonstration".


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