Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Today's Cartoon: Kofi Annan Accuses Israel of Deliberately Targeting United Nations

I wonder, at what point does a military bombardment cease being an "accident" and actually become "deliberate"?

Is it during a reported 14 incidents of shelling near a "long established and clearly marked" United Nations post (and civilian shelter); or perhaps it's when a guided-bomb is dropped "directly"on it? Maybe it's only considered to be "deliberate" when it occurs AFTER the initial series of "accidents", like when rescue workers are fired upon while trying to search the rubble for survivors.

Of course you can't just accuse someone of deliberately targeting you without running the risk of offending them, and Israel is no exception. For Kofi Annan to use the term "deliberate" to describe the Israeli attack on a UN observation post either means that there is irrefutable evidence to support his statement, or he just REALLY wants Israel to get the heck out of Lebanon.

For his part, Israel's UN Ambassador Dan Gillerman does his best to defend his country's reputation by arguing that the attacks were not "deliberate" and that it may in fact have been Hezbollah that was responsible. Now, this doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me because I always thought it was Iran that was supplying them with their weapons, not the United States ;) I guess his argument would make more sense if you consider that those hi-tech smart bombs that Israel gets from the States seem to be about as "intelligent" as Hezbollah's Katyusha rockets ... or maybe it all just depends on who's at the controls.

You know the old saying... "A poor musician always blames their instrument"... of warfare ;)


Blogger MikeFitz said...

G'day Kevin,

My deepest sympathies at the loss of another Canadian life in Lebanon. I feel this particularly because we also have Australian military observers with the UN in southern Lebanon.

I note that one of the other fatalities was a Chinese officer. I didn't know China was helping out here.

In my post on the conflict a week ago I suggested we look at radical solutions. I said "Perhaps it is time to ask even China to help?"

Obviously, as your cartoon yesterday showed, the US is so aligned with one side in this conflict, that it has no chance of acting as an impartial peace broker. Condolezza isn't even trying.

Keep up the good work.

-- Mike

8:50 p.m.  
Blogger Kevin said...

Thanks Mike.

Here's something to consider. In less than two weeks there has been about half the amount of Canadians killed in Lebanon than have been lost while serving in Afghanistan since 2002.

Fortunately, our Prime Minister has decided to maintain a lower profile since prematurily stating that Israel's offensive was a "measured response" ...oops!

2:31 a.m.  

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