Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Pulling the strings

Well, it seems that if you want the news before it happens, Freedmanslife is here to facilitate. On Friday, I said:

"I believe that the UN is a legitimate target for Israel to strike, whether it is in Lebanon or New York. The UN has been complicit in Hamas and Hizballah activities for too long, and is abetting terrorism and the states that support it through its blinkered politicised statements and (in)actions. Nobody except the USA, and a handful of leaders going against the will of the majority in their countries (UK, Canada, Germany, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan to name a few), is prepared to allow the Israelis a chance to resolve a problem caused, among other things, by UN intransigence in the first place. And all the UN, along with their surrender-monkey friends France and Travesty International, can think of is how to persecute (I mean prosecute) Israel for war crimes. The UN is responsible for unapologetically leaving - or placing - Israeli citizens in danger, whilst being cowed by the will of terrorists, stateless or otherwise. Israel has the right to respond to protect itself against institutional tolerance of terror."

Yesterday evening (it appeared at 1am today) I showed a picture of Hassan Nasrallah and Kofi Annan shaking hands, and said:

"It seems that Israel has passed up on a chance to score a direct hit on a prime target and enemy of Jews everywhere, with some collateral damage thrown in as a bonus. I leave it to you to decide which is which..."

Today, Israel bombed a UN observation post, killing 4 "peacekeepers". My Cloud Monkey (that's what Kofi Annan means in Hebrew) immediately claimed this was a deliberate attack, which is palpably absurd unless Israel's air force are tuning into Freedmanslife for strategic tips. And of course the media luvvies carefully ignored this story:

"Haifa, Israel ( - The four United Nations peacekeepers killed in an Israeli attack on their outpost were required to stay at that post "until they were ordered by the [U.N.] secretary general to withdraw," said a member of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization on Wednesday.

But the peacekeepers apparently never received such an order, despite the fierce cross-border fighting that erupted in southern Lebanon two weeks ago.

The four peacekeepers -- from China, Austria, Canada and Finland -- had taken security precautions and were in a shelter under their bunker when they were killed, said Wicki Dieter, the chief plans officer for the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO).

(UNTSO is an unarmed U.N. body whose "observer" mandate dates from 1948. By contrast, UNIFIL -- the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon -- was created in 1978 to "restore the international peace and security" in southern Lebanon.)

According to Dieter, it's still not clear exactly what happened at the UNTSO outpost, which, according to the BBC, had been shelled by Israeli forces at least 14 times before Tuesday's deadly attack.

On Tuesday, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan said he was "shocked and deeply distressed" at the "apparently deliberate targeting" of the outpost.

"This co-ordinated artillery and aerial attack on a long-established and clearly marked U.N. post at Khiyam occurred despite personal assurances given to me by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that U.N. positions would be spared Israeli fire," Annan was quoted as saying.

Annan - and China - were among the first to condemn what Israel has called an unintended attack. They are demanding an investigation.

Neither Annan nor Israel has said anything about why the unarmed peacekeepers -- who were supposed to be monitoring a ceasefire -- were left in what's become a war zone. Israeli officials flatly refused comment about that on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, and again on Wednesday, Israel expressed "deep regret" for bombing the U.N. bunker.

"Israel does not target UN staff, and since the beginning of the conflict, Israel has deployed all its efforts to ensure the safety of those staff in the region," said a statement released by the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

Miri Eisen, an Israeli government spokesman, said on Wednesday that Ehud Olmert "spoke to Kofi Annan this morning and told him that there would be an in-depth inquiry into how this happened."

Israel does not target the U.N. or civilians, Israeli government spokesman Eisen told Fox & Friends on Wednesday. "It was a very sad and regretful mistake, and we will do our utmost to inquire into how this happened," she said.

Further complicating the situation is the rocky relationship between Israel and the United Nations.

Israel has long complained about the failure of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon, accusing some peacekeepers of siding with Israel's enemies.

In Oct. 2000, three Israeli soldiers were kidnapped by Hizballah in a cross-border ambush that happened under the noses of United Nations peacekeepers.

And many Israelis harbor a deep distrust of the U.N. in general, given years of anti-Israeli resolutions, including the controversial 1975 "Zionism equals racism" resolution."

So whilst the deaths of the four observers are tragic, it is incredible how the UN seems to have learned a trick or two from their beloved Palestinian friends, about how to place their men in harm's way, turn them into martyrs for their cause, and ensure Israel receives maximum vilification. 20,000 peacekeepers with blue berets, "protecting" Israel's northern border? I'd rather take Hizballah - at least you know where you stand with them.

1 comment:

Ruth said...

What a very insightful wonderfully politically incorrect and factually very correct article. I think that this means of expressing ones opinion is better than anger management. I am inspired to do the same myself. This is surely more productive than me shouting obscenities (even when alone) at the TV reports and at the biased bullet proof vested over-zealous reporters? It’s such a shame that they can’t hear me.
The most interesting thing about the Cloud Monkey (hilarious by the way) was that his immediate assumption that the attack on his 4 (suicidal) peace keeping troop was indeed deliberate. This demonstrates his absolute incompetence at understanding Israel’s policies and purpose. You would expect more from a Cloud Monkey really wouldn’t you? The UN have always been anti-Israel and extremely pro-Arab. This is of course absolutely nothing to do with the heavy Arab influence within the UN. Cloud Monkey would never allow such a heavy bias. He is a monkey I mean a man of integrity and honour. Just like the BBC don’t allow any bias in their reports (you know when they swap the word “Terrorists“ for “Militants” and confuse us with talk of “Israel‘s war crimes” etc etc) and just like Ken Livingstone is actually not anti-Semitic at all, he just doesn’t know how to show his love to the Jewish people and it all comes out wrong. Poor guy. I trust the UN like I trust Israel to win the 2010 world cup and like I trust Nasrallah to convert to Judaism.. Here endith my rant.