Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Disgusting Cringing Bootlicker

Asked about UN head Kofi Annan's statement suggesting Israel had targeted the outpost, Mr Harper said: "I certainly doubt that to be the case".

"The government of Israel has been cooperating with us in our evacuation efforts, in our efforts to move Canadian citizens out of Lebanon and also trying to keep our own troops that are on the ground, involved in the evacuation, out of harm's way," he said.

And my favorite piece of blame the victim, defensiveness:
At the same time, he questioned why the UN had manned the outpost in Lebanon near the Israeli border as bombs exploded all around.

"We want to find out why this United Nations post was attacked and also why it remained manned during what is now, more or less, a war during obvious danger to these individuals," he said.

"Bitch shouldn't have been wearing those 'come fuck me' pumps after dark in that neighborhood. It's her fault and she probably wanted it."

Because it's their job jackass. Specifically it was their duty to monitor Israel's departure from and respect for Lebanese territory after the last time this happened.

But we encourage you not to draw any logical conclusions from that Steve, you toadying neo-con starfucker.

Want to do that poll again CanWest? I suspect the Canadian people have some exciting new numbers for you.

Update: The UN outpost contacted the IDF ten times over six hours begging them to stop shelling them:

The base near Khiam came under intense Israeli fire 21 times Tuesday — including 12 hits within 100 metres and four direct hits — from 1:20 p.m. until contact was lost with the four peacekeepers inside at 7:17 p.m., Jane Lute, assistant secretary general for peacekeeping, told the UN Security Council in New York.

Officials in the outpost called the Israeli army 10 times during those six hours, and each time an army official promised to have the bombing stopped, according to a preliminary UN report on the incident, which was shown to an Associated Press reporter.

Once it became clear those pleas were being ignored, the force’s commander sought the involvement of top officials in New York, a senior UN official in New York said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation of the incident was not yet complete.

Israeli officials had told the United Nations that the bombing around the base was part of an “an aerial preparation for a ground operation,” said the senior official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

UN officials said the observation position was well-marked, and a picture the world body released today showed the three-storey building was painted white with the letters “UN” emblazoned in large black letters on all sides, and a light blue UN flag hung from a nearby flagpole that was roughly 15 metres high.


Peter Rempel said...

"The deepest pit of Hell is reserved for those who believe in it because they're afraid they'll go there if they don't."

Whoa. Deep, man.

Anonymous said...

What a difference from the Chinese government!

Beijing yesterday strongly condemned an Israeli air raid in Lebanon that killed four UN observers including a Chinese national, and urged all sides, especially Israel, to take tangible measures to ensure the security of UN peacekeepers. [...] Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said earlier that China felt "deeply shocked" by and "strongly condemned" the Israeli air raid. The country called for an immediate ceasefire. "China urges the concerned sides, especially Israel, to take tangible measures to ensure the security of UN peacekeepers," Liu said. [Source]

How we wish that this government would stand up for Canadians sometimes!

Lord Kitchener's Own said...

Perhaps Harper is reserving judgement on whether the post was deliberately targeted because he is aware of an email that Major Paeta Derek Hess-von Kruedener (the Canadian soldier killed) in which he informed his colleagues back in Canada that:

"The closest artillery has landed within two metres of our position and the closest 1,000-pound aerial bomb has landed 100 metres from our patrol base. This has not been deliberate targeting, but has rather been due to tactical necessity.”

Major General Lewis MacKenzie explains what "tactical necessity" means in this context:

"This is what we call 'veiled speech' in military jargon. It means hiding the truth in lingo that outsiders would not necessarily understand. What he is saying translates roughly as: “We have Hezbollah fighters all over our position engaging the IDF and using us as shields. They will probably stay, hoping that the IDF won't target them for fear of hitting us.”

This is why we shouldn't have unarmed peacekeepers in volatile regions of the world, and if we must, they should be pulled out as soon as serious fighting begins.

As Lewis MacKenzie says, "When there had been a semblance of peace, UN monitoring made considerable sense, so minor violations could be dealt with quickly. But to leave the observers in place with a war under way stretches the credibility of the UN's operational judgment close to the breaking point."

Armed peacekeepers can deal with this sort of situation, but unarmed observers are pretty helpless when combatants over-run their position and use them as human shields. Again, MacKenzie describes a similar situation from his own experiences, only when he was leading ARMED peacekeepers:

"I have served in another mission where one side constantly set up its weapon systems, including mortars, in and around hospitals, medical clinics, mosques and, yes, UN positions, knowing full well that, when it engaged its enemies and received return fire, it would make for compelling TV as the networks covered the civilian carnage. (When they took up positions around my soldiers, I advised their leaders that I would authorize my soldiers to kill them within the hour if they didn't withdraw. Fortunately, as I was not an unarmed observer, I was in a position to do that.) In many cases, the weapon systems were moved immediately after firing, and their positions around civilians were abandoned before innocents paid the price for their despicable techniques. You have to admit this technique helps to win the PR war, which often is as important as the fighting one."

Considering this information from people who know a lot more about war and peacekeeping than me (including the Canadian who was killed) I have no problem with our Prime Minister refusing to call the act "deliberate" before any investigation takes place. Like the PM, I rather assume the Israelis would NOT deliberately target a UN mission, and I wouldn't be at all surprised if Hezbollah set up their offensive positions all around the post, and I don't think that's such a wacky assumption.

Regardless, the standard is generally "innocent until proven guilty", not "innocent until the Secretary General can get to a mic".

Cliff said...

10 calls in 6 hours.

10 promises to stop shelling.

Anonymous said...

Other nations with dead UN observers are filing grievances with Israel. Stand up for canada - don't count on the CPoC to do it.

These military burn-outs that attempt to deflect criticizm by asserting that using laser-guided bombs to hit a position that has existed for some time, is populated with civilians simply because hezbollah is "hiding behind them" does not justify the actions of the israeli military. This is not a measured response, and Israel is assuming that it has the green light to continue to destroy an entire country because mincing cowards like stephen harper and his israeli apologists are unwilling to take a stand.

Its pretty easy to blame the dead guy isn' it? Pa-thetic, folks.

Alison said...

Lord Kitchener :
I fail to see how an email written by Paeta Derek Hess-von Kruedener regarding artillery fire on July 18 refers in any way to his being killed by a 500lb bomb a whole week later.

Re that "green light", alberta report:

"Israel says Wednesday's decision by key world powers not to call for a halt to its Lebanon offensive has given it the green light to continue.
"We received yesterday at the Rome conference permission from the world... to continue the operation," Israeli Justice Minister Haim Ramon said."

~ From BBC

Cliff said...

As for Major General MacKenzie, he failed to mention some details about his position and activities in his piece in the Globe.

It's certainly relevant that he was the Keynote Speaker at the Stand With Israel rally in Toronto yesterday.

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