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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Kofi's Story Unravels

Great piece in the NY Sun about some details that are coming out which dispute Kofi Annan's outrageous and as yet unretracted claim that Israel deliberately targeted a UN outpost in Lebanon, killing four UN peacekeepers.
An apparent discrepancy in the portrayal of events surrounding the deaths of four unarmed U.N. observers in Lebanon threatens to unravel Secretary-General Annan's initial accusation that Israel "deliberately" targeted the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon.

A Canadian U.N. observer, one of four killed at a UNIFIL position near the southern Lebanese town of Khiyam on Tuesday, sent an e-mail to his former commander, a Canadian retired major-general, Lewis MacKenzie, in which he wrote that Hezbollah fighters were "all over" the U.N. position, Mr. MacKenzie said. Hezbollah troops, not the United Nations, were Israel's target, the deceased observer wrote.
A UN spokeswoman is denying the allegation - even though there are e-mails that back up the claim that Hizbollah was using the UN post for cover, and the UN declined to present evidence to back up their denials of the claims. This story was around the blogs a bit yesterday, but it's nice to see the more mainstream media pick it up - even if it is only the Sun so far.

UPDATE: The JPost has a great editorial on the subject:
Israel has already apologized for, and pledged to investigate, the deaths of the UNIFIL soldiers. Where is Kofi Annan's apology for insulting Israel, and his investigation of how UNIFIL came to be so inseparable from Hizbullah that it has been almost impossible to target the later without inadvertently hitting the former?

...The lamentable killing of the four UNIFIL personnel clearly requires investigation, something the IDF carries out in any case of a mistake made in the heat of battle. But an investigation of even greater importance to long-term regional stability would be of UNIFIL's failure to fulfill its mandate of restoring peace and security in southern Lebanon and assisting the Lebanese government in restoring its effective authority in the area.

With diplomacy focused on creating a new multinational force in the aftermath of the fighting in southern Lebanon, it is essential to understand what went wrong with the existing one.

Such an investigation must determine more than just how UNIFIL troops were located in such close proximity to Hizbullah terrorists that they ended up in the line of fire. More fundamentally, it would delve into how, in complete contravention of its objectives, UNIFIL stood by without a murmur as a terrorist organization amassed thousands upon thousands of rockets whose unprovoked use has killed and wounded dozens of Israelis and precipitated the current war.
Read it.

UPDATE II: Received this link via e-mail - it's a good one.


Blogger bluke said...

A picture is worth a thousand words, the UN flag right next to the Hezbollah flag. http://www.cjnews.com/photos/aug...aug15/ flags.jpg

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice. This news has been brought to light by the right wingers you love to decry.

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How obsurd to even think Israel may have done this on purpose. Does the world not see the stupidity in even saying the words? About a country that sends flyers and makes phone calls telling Lebanese and Palestinians in Gaza to move their families so that they don't get killed in bombings! Is ther another country in the world that would do that? Surely not any of these Arab countries! My mind is reeling from all of this insanity.

1:48 PM  
Blogger FrumWithQuestions said...

When are people going to learn that the majority of the UN nations are either terrorist nations or harbor terrorists. The whole point of the UN being established in the first place is null and void now

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is crazy....

Al Qaeda No. 2 Calls for Muslims to Start Holy War Against Israel

10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Al Qaeda No. 2 Calls for Muslims to Start Holy War Against Israel

this is quite something....

10:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not a great thing at all....

Al Qaeda No. 2 Calls for Muslims to Start Holy War Against Israel

10:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if Kofi Annan realizes what his first name means in Hebrew? It is quite apropos!

1:24 PM  
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