UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, speaking Tuesday just hours after the bombing of a U.N. outpost in Lebanon, accused the Israelis of the "apparently deliberate targeting" of the base near Khiam in southern Lebanon.
The words of a Canadian United Nations observer written just days before he was killed in an Israeli bombing of a UN post in Lebanon are evidence Hezbollah was using the post as a "shield" to fire rockets into Israel, says a former UN commander in Bosnia.
Those words, written in an e-mail dated just nine days ago, offer a possible explanation as to why the post -- which according to UN officials was clearly marked and known to Israeli forces -- was hit by Israel on Tuesday night, said retired Maj.-Gen. Lewis MacKenzie yesterday.
The strike hit the UN observation post in the southern Lebanese village of El Khiam, killing Canadian Maj. Paeta Hess-von Kruedener and three others serving as unarmed UN military observers in the area.
Just last week, Maj. Hess-von Kruedener wrote an e-mail about his experiences after nine months in the area, words Maj.-Gen. MacKenzie said are an obvious allusion to Hezbollah tactics.
"We have on a daily basis had numerous occasions where our position has come under direct or indirect fire from both (Israeli) artillery and aerial bombing."
"The closest artillery has landed within 2 meters (sic) of our position and the closest 1000 lb aerial bomb has landed 100 meters (sic) from our patrol base. This has not been deliberate targeting, but rather due to tactical necessity."
"What that means is, in plain English, 'We've got Hezbollah fighters running around in our positions, taking our positions here and then using us for shields and then engaging the (Israeli Defence Forces)," he said.
What this also means is Kofi Annan is a liar and he leads the U.N. as anti-Israel and defenders of terroristism. Annan feels using the word, "apparently " provides him with a free "get foot out of mouth card." When questioned about his comments he arrogantly pointed out his use of the word as though this would shield him from making claims before any facts were in.
Unfortunately for Annan the person killed in the bombing left evidence as a direct witness that Annan is truly against Israel and a defender of Hezbollah. How we can recognize the U.N. as anything but impotent is the $64 million question.