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26 July 2006

Lebanon Latest: Four UN Peacekeepers Blasted To Death By Israel ...

Ehud Olmert, prime minister of Israel asks:"Why on earth would we deliberately target U.N. observers?"

We two wonder why, too. Well over three quarters of the whole world wonders why, too.

Though we must say the word "observers" springs immediately to our minds. How about yours?

What we two also wonder as we write, is what the American UN 'walrus', John Bolton wants the world hear of what he thinks.

If & when we get to know - via either what we find out for ourselves or from readers if they beat us to it -- we shall certainly be sure to share it.

In the meantime, here's a tid-bit about the blasting of UN troops by bomb-happy Israeli forces, courtesy of the the BBC.

Israel troops 'ignored' UN plea

The four unarmed UN observers from Austria, Canada, China and Finland, died after their UN post in the town of Khiam was hit by an Israeli air strike on Tuesday.

Had Israel responded to the requests, "rather than deliberately ignoring them", the observers would still be alive, a diplomat familiar with the report said.

UN peacekeepers in south Lebanon contacted Israeli troops 10 times before an Israeli bomb killed four of them, an initial UN report says.

The post was hit by a precision-guided missile after six hours of shelling, diplomats familiar with the probe say.

Ten times?


The mind bloody boggles.

Also from the same BBC news item;

The four unarmed UN observers from Austria, Canada, China and Finland, died after their UN post in the town of Khiam was hit by an Israeli air strike on Tuesday. The UN report says each time the UN contacted Israeli forces, they were assured the firing would stop.

A senior Irish soldier working for the UN forces had warned the Israelis six times that their bombardment was endangering the lives of UN staff, Ireland's foreign ministry said.

Had Israel responded to the requests, "rather than deliberately ignoring them", the observers would still be alive, a diplomat familiar with the report said.

Just who the hell is kidding who here? Or should we ask who's trying to?

We don't think it's the UN and/or the senior Irish soldier.


Blogger markfromireland said...

It was precise Richard it was very precise. The Israeli government wanted the Israeli army to precisely bombard the UN position and kill some of the peacekeepers so the Israeli army did it. Not for the first time either.

If you're going to commit war crimes if you're going to slaughter civilians then it makes sense to try to eliminate witnesses.

"Befehl ist befehl!"

8:59 pm  
Anonymous Tom V. said...

I'm already preparing myself, for the shame I will feel, for the deplorably coward response of the kow-towing Canadian govt. for this latest outrage. (BTW, It is a conservative minority govt.)

Here is the exact copy of my email I sent to Mr. Harper in response to an earlier issue, when he has scandalously characterized Israel brutal invasion of Lebanon as a 'measured response':

Dear Right Honorable Mr. Harper;

Measured response? Hundreds of civilians are dead, including dozens of children, tens of thousands are fleeing. The infrastructure of a country lays in ruin. The international community and the Canadian Public is watching the developments in total horror and that's your response?

I am absolutely outraged and ashamed in the same time, that we have a head of government, who supposed to represent the opinions and desires of Canadians everywhere, but instead we have a political whore there, the equivalent of a modern day Quisling. Didn't you promised in your lying election campaign, that you will not neccessarily follow the Yanks, in every issue?
Continue bellow.

9:39 pm  
Anonymous Tom V. said...

Continue from above:

Why then, you do exactly like that? Why then, where every time you are together with that certifiably insane Bush, you play the role of Sancho Pansa (from Don Quixote) so deplorably? How much your Zionist paymasters payed you, to betray your country and millions of Canadians who live there? Was it millions, or just the classic ammount: 30 pieces of silver?

Shame on you Sir!!! Shame on you. You don't represent me and I dare to say, you don't represent the vast majority of Canadians out there.

(Full name, address.)

9:46 pm  
Anonymous grania said...

I am coming in late on this particular incident - the article in the Guardian re same seemed to indicate it was intentional. It's hard to claim 'miscommunication' when you're bombing the same location for several hours. I would like to see the transcript of the call made by the senior Irish officer to Israeli high command.

9:54 pm  
Blogger bootlian said...

Mark, My own feelings exactly.

Tom, good on you. I hope he\his office gets more than they ever thought they would. More than they can ignore.


We're talking TEN calls aren't we?
They're giving the finger to everyone - rubbing noses in it. They'll get there's though - when and how is still to be learned - but it will be learned. Sooner than they thnk I wouldn't mind betting. They've already learned their quarry isn't fighting as they expected it would. To be continued I think.

10:42 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More details emerging. It now looks like there may have been 16 calls in all - ten plus six.

11:17 pm  
Blogger Normandie Wilson said...

Your description of John Bolton as a walrus is priceless. And it will be interesting to see how this entire thing pans out.

11:22 pm  
Anonymous Griffon said...

In my mind, there has been no question about it from the beginning; the UN Observers were deliberately killed because they were observing what the Israelis were trying to hide i.e. warcrimes as Mark pointed out.
I thought that immediately because as Mark also pointed out, they have done this before.
Also, remember the Israeli strike onthe USS Liberty? It was a communications/listening post. The Israelis couldn't allow even their allies to know what crimes they were committing.

With allies like the Israelis, you don't need enemies. Britain has also found that to it's cost in the 1940s.

They are as mad as cut snakes as we say in Oz.

The world should isolate them economically and physically and let them vent their rabid madness on each other.

Goodonya Tom V

11:46 pm  
Anonymous Tom V. said...

Here is my latest, less than 1 hour old:

Dear Mr. Right Honorable Stephen Harper;

It is time to find your cojones, wherever they are hiding, for this latest outrage of Israel, who have deliberately targeted and murdered an unarmed Canadian, who served in a UN mission in Lebanon, as an observer, or you should forever live in shame as a kow towing moral midget, who has sold his Soul to the Devil.

1)I demand, that you have serve the Israeli ambassador the strongest diplomatic protestation, demanding full apology and full compensation for the victim's family, giving them a firm deadline, of no more than 3 days.

2)Barring full satisfaction forthcoming from the Israeli government without reluctance or temporization, you will recall the Canadian ambassador for consultation and for contemplation of appropriate retaliatory measures, such as re-imposing full visa requirements on Israeli citizens visitation to Canada and so forth.

This will be an excellent test case, to find out, if we still have at least as much practical souvereignity in our hand like Communist China, or we have sunk bellow them, due to the assistance of traitors like you.

(Full name, adress.)

12:02 am  
Blogger Richard said...

Just a quick interuption here.

Look who has ecently visited us.

Also, we've been getting visits from both Tel Aviv and Haifa over the last few days.

And guess what? 'Cos this This Old Brit has his own intelligence - he doesn't even need any sat-pics - though he does know Stratfor.

That's all folks - for the minute.

12:08 am  
Anonymous Doug Watt said...

Ohmert is just following the example of Bush killing anyone who might report the truth in Iraq. It's a power play, intimidation.

12:27 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good God, it gets worse.

They even attacked those going to retrieve those poor souls' bodies.

They have plumbed the depths.

2:53 am  
Anonymous Griffon said...

One has to wonder whether the bodies will have phosphorus or napalm burns.

It would be one explanation that covers all the published circumstances before and after their deaths.

Olmert's cheek in retorically asking "Why would we deliberately target them?" is gobsmacking.

Talk about beyond effin chutzpah.

3:07 am  
Anonymous Griffon said...

Speak of the Devil-

Lebanon's Children and Israeli Phosphorous Bombs

By Randa Takieddin

(I'm really going to have to study Gert's instructions on links.
And Gert, you're right about the trolls, of course; always were)

Richard, nice to see you're at least irritating the lowlifes.

3:26 am  
Anonymous Griffon said...

This is worth reading. Has maps, too!

The War on Lebanon and the Battle for Oil
Michel Chossudovsky,

"The bombing of Lebanon is part of a carefully planned and coordinated military road map. The extension of the war into Syria and Iran has already been contemplated by US and Israeli military planners. This broader military agenda is intimately related to strategic oil and oil pipelines. It is supported by the Western oil giants which control the pipeline corridors. It ultimately seeks territorial control over the East Mediterranean coastline."

8:33 am  
Blogger Richard said...

Israel rejects UN aid truce call

Many have been forced from their homes, but others remain trapped

Israel has rejected a United Nations call for a three-day truce in southern Lebanon, as US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice returns to the region.

The UN says children, elderly and disabled are trapped and supplies are short after two weeks of fighting.

A BBC report.

3:11 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

God help these poor people, since it seems "WE" won't. And God forgive us, since I doubt they ever will.

Latest from BBC.

More than 40 people, including 20 children, have been killed in an Israeli air strike on the southern Lebanese town of Qana.

Displaced families had been sheltering in the basement of a site which was crushed after a direct hit.

The US secretary of state has cancelled a visit to Lebanon as its prime minister says he will only discuss a full and immediate ceasefire.

Hundreds of protesters are staging a violent demonstration in ...


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