Thursday, July 27, 2006

Ah, it WAS deliberate!

It seems My Cloud Monkey was right. Retired Canadian Major General Lewis Mackenzie was interviewed on CBC radio, and had some very interesting news about the UN observer post hit by Israeli shells; the Canadian peacekeeper killed there had previously emailed Mackenzie telling him that Hizballah was using their post as cover.

"We received emails from him a few days ago, and he was describing the fact that he was taking fire within, in one case, three meters of his position for tactical necessity, not being targeted. Now that’s veiled speech in the military. What he was telling us was Hezbollah soldiers were all over his position and the IDF were targeting them. And that’s a favorite trick by people who don’t have representation in the UN. They use the UN as shields knowing that they can’t be punished for it."

Please click here to listen to this extremely illuminating interview. And if you don't believe him, here's an excerpt from an actual UNIFIL report:

"Another UN position of the Ghanaian battalion in the area of Marwahin in the western sector was also directly hit by one mortar round from the Hezbollah side last night. The round did not explode, and there were no casualties or material damage. Another 5 incidents of firing close to UN positions from the Israeli side were reported yesterday. It was also reported that Hezbollah fired from the vicinity of four UN positions at Alma ash Shab, Tibnin, Brashit, and At Tiri. All UNIFIL positions remain occupied and maintained by the troops."

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Or, it could be that Israel wants to pass a message to the UN that whatever international force will come to Lebanon, it needs to be one that can actually use force.

Of course it suits your world view, to play the victim and find excuses, so I understand why you would rather blame Hezballah.

That UN post called its Israeli liaison 10 times in the 6 hours prior getting hit. Every time it warned its Israeli liaison that fire was getting extremely close, in some cases even taking direct hits. And every time the Israeli liaison said they would stop shooting.

Until a precision guided missile fell on the 4 soldiers' head.

freedmanslife said...

Are you suggesting then that they deliberately set out to kill the observers? Can you explain how in your world view, it might be more beneficial for the Israelis to scare the UN off by murdering their staff than the obvious negative PR, lack of world sympathy and future concerns about sending UN forces to intervene? I don't think it adds up for them to do this intentionally; however, I am pointing out that it is entirely in keeping with Hezballah to intentionally station troops, flags, rocket launchers etc around a UN post, knowing this will draw fire.