Opinion: If you use social media such as Facebook and Twitter you will probably have come across images and footage purporting to relate to the Gaza Israel war. It is often easy to spot images that are photo shopped or fake but sometimes it is not.
As the propaganda machine on all sides spins away the blatant misrepresentation aimed at stirring up feelings either against Gaza or against Israel are shocking.
Israel on google is one of the worst offenders posting images of children supposedly being drawn into the conflict by adults. Images and footage which claims to show young children firing weapons but are they what they claim?
Saturday BBC News reports footage of a young boy accompanied by an adult firing a shoulder held missile launcher from a beach allegedly in Gaza, but says it is not what it claims.
The footage was originally posted in January but is being widely used now to shock people and prop up Israel's diminishing support by world citizens. Text posted with the footage now tends to say something like "Palestinian child firing an RPG on Gaza Beach".
It is being posted and reposted without any people really knowing who those involved were or what country it happened in.
Now it appears that it happened in Libya. The accents of those involved are Libyan and the beach is thought to be in the Sirte area of that country.
The fact it happened in Libya does not make the footage any easier to watch. Libyans are equally outraged at the footage and have condemned it on social media. The scene as they say is a glimpse of their future.
With almost all households in Libya holding some weapons, with no licensing or regulation in place, the potential for carnage is great. Many of the weapons were seized from the military during the civil war which ousted Muammar Gaddafi. No matter what you thought of Gaddafi, who could watch the footage of him being summarily executed without a sense of foreboding.
Then there are the weapons that flooded into Libya courtesy of the west.
Libya is in tatters and about to erupt or implode.
Israel and Gaza are already on a course to their final solution.
There is enough horror in this world, especially in Gaza / Israel so why make news up or misrepresent it unless you have a guilty conscience and know your cause is flawed?