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From: Matt K.
If you look at the high res picture of the roof, you will notice that what appear to be "holes" are dents. They have rust in the bottom of the "hole."
Also, if you look at the high res shot there are mounting holes for the top in the center hole.
The more I look at this, the more it looks like a vanagon that flipped on a rocky road.
-- Bill L.
From: Jabot T. S.
I don't want to take a stand on the overall claim you are making but I do want to point a couple of things out.
1. Heat increases the rust reaction. It seems to me likely that a missile or gun-fire would have produced a substantial amount of heat in a strike. This heat could easily have either caused rust or accelerated rust already present. With heat as an accelerant there wouldn't need to be alot of water, say from rain. Normal atmospheric moisture even in a dry climate could possibly be enough.
2. The fact that the hole was pre-existing doesn't rule out that it was hit by a missile. It seems possible that the vent could have been the target which would increase the likelihood of the missile striking that point.
From the first time I saw these pictures I knew it was a hoax as the marks on the roof are more likely to be caused by an axe than anything else and it was apparent that it was not from a missile or even small arms fire as the puncture wounds would all be different.
It is therefore my opinion that the media , who is much more aware of how that type of damage should look is actually a partner with the terrorists, and guilty of treason under any clear description of the word.
-- Jim C.
In college, a friend of mine had an old VW van with a factory-built skylight very similar to what we see with this VW ambulance.
After multiple beers, we went for a drive and he rolled it in a ditch. The skylight sheared off, there was slight damage to the sides of the van, and the weak area round the skylight caved in.
My speculation: this ambulance got rolled at some point, and was totalled. Reasonably, it was taken to the boneyard. Also reasonably, it was used for target practice. (Big red cross from 300 meters. What fun!!)
War starts, dragged from boneyard after months of rusting, and a legend is born. This wasn't a setup; it was an afterthought.
From: Karl F.
From my view, the fragmentation pattern is not from a missile impact but likely from a hand grenade detonated on the roof line, possibly right on the vent unit to tear it off as the edges of the screw mounting holes are all torn to the inside. Even though it is sheet metal, it takes some pretty good force tear a material this way; and the penetrations are from jagged fragments blowing across the top, not from inside out or even air burst. And, the footprints on the roof would certainly contribute to the "cave-in" effect on the roof, not a missile blast going out.
Furthermore, any missile capable of pinpoint top attack like the hellfire the IDF uses for vehicle targets, is going to blow the vehicle out like a balloon as it incinerates it with many pounds of high explosive. I am more and more convinced it was a hand grenade (or custom bomb) on the roof so it would be easily controlled and not likely to cause fire as is indicated by the inside of the vehicle.
From: Jonas S.
This is something that is constantly misrepresented in the media, movies/TV, etc over the last few decades: shrapnel vs. shell fragments. Shrapnel in military terminology refers specifically to the ball-bearing size pieces of metal inside an older style anti-personnel artillery shell. In current military inventories around the world, there are no standard artillery rounds or missiles currently being used that utilize shrapnel. The vast majority of artillery rounds and missiles are HE (high explosive) which cause damage by explosive force and thermal energy. Anything left over from something like this is a "shell fragment." On the other hand, IEDs and suicide belts utilizing ball bearings pressed into plastic explosive form a perfect example of shrapnel and it's intended effects.