Yo Annan, Apology Demanded
Kofi Annan, the head of the U.N. accused Israel of "deliberately targeting" a U.N. position in Lebanon with the intent to kill unarmed U.N. observers after hearing that an outpost had been attacked and four observers killed. He made these claims based on absolutely no information other than that the outpost had come under fire. He made these claims knowing that the outpost is set up in the middle of territory controlled by Hizbollah and around which fighting had been raging for days. He made these claims knowing that it would be absolutely absurd for Israel to have deliberately targeted U.N. observers --to what end? To what advantage? Anyone with a brain can see that hitting unarmed U.N. observers had no tactical value for Israel and certainly is incredibly damaging from the international P.R. perspective.
Information, including from emails of some of the U.N. observers who sadly were killed at that outpost, has come to light that demonstrates beyond the shadow of a doubt that Israel was not deliberately, calculating, and cold-heartedly setting out to murder innocent U.N. observers (and again, why on earth would we be doing that to begin with?!).
This information clearly shows that it is Hizbollah that should be condemned and blamed for this incident:
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.
In one such e-mail, obtained by The New York Sun, Hess-von Kruedener wrote about heavy IDF artillery and aerial bombardment "within 2 meters of our position." The Israeli shooting, he added, "has not been deliberate targeting, but has rather been due to tactical necessity."
The correspondence between the trooper and former commander amounted to "veiled speech in the military," Mr. MacKenzie, who once commanded the U.N. troops in Bosnia, told the CBC. "What he was telling us was Hezbollah fighters 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 U.N. They use the U.N. as shields knowing that they cannot be punished for it."
Ok, so one of the poor guys who was killed is himself saying that Israel was shooting out of tactical necessity and not deliberately targeting the U.N. observers. He is saying that Hizbollah was using them as human shields.
And yet, Annan makes this serious and really quite vile accusation at Israel?
Honestly, more than an apology is due unless that apology is screaming across the headlines of every paper which doubtless it will not --the accusation he flung however certainly made those headlines.