Video Has Become Newest Weapon in Global Crises

By Andrew Gauthier 

The New York Times

When Israeli commandos attacked the so-called Freedom Flotilla, both sides were well armed–with video cameras–and both sides have released a blizzard of video clips as evidence that the other side was the aggressor in the conflict on Monday, which left nine activists dead.

Once again, the political power of the moving picture is on display, as it was last year when a video showing the death of a young protester in Iran, Neda Agha-Soltan, became a symbol of resistance in that country.


The flotilla videos have proved a popular draw online, with one from the Israel Defense Forces attracting more than 600,000 views on YouTube. More…