Rushing to judgement

July 28, 2006

It seems the anti-Israel brigade was a little quick off the mark with its reflexive response to the IDF’s bombing of the UN post in Lebanon. To them, it was a deliberate attack on the UN — for a purpose never specified as far as I could see — and evidence of Israel’s usual murderous aggression.

It now appears, according to the posthumous testimony of one of the peacekeepers killed, that Hizbollah was using the UN observation post as cover for its own attacks on Israel.

An email from Major Paeta Hess-von Kruedener of the Canadian Light Infantry, while professionally careful not to disclose tactical information directly, read in part:

What I can tell you is this: we have on a daily basis had numerous occasions where our position has come under direct or indirect fire from both artillery and aerial bombing. The closest artillery has landed within 2 meters of our position and the closest 1000 lb aerial bomb has landed 100 meters from our patrol base. This has not been deliberate targeting, but has rather been due to tactical necessity.

The recipient of the email, retired Major-General Mackenzie, the soldier’s former commander, commented on the email thus:

We received emails from him a few days ago, and he was describing the fact that he was taking fire within, in one case, three meters of his position for tactical necessity, not being targeted. Now that’s veiled speech in the military. What he was telling us was Hezbollah soldiers 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 UN. They use the UN as shields knowing that they can’t be punished for it.

The pro-Israeli blogos is all over it, of course. No response yet from the usual suspects.



  1. Shaun has replied to you, Rob.

    Irregardless of whether Hezbollah used the UN compound for cover, the UN observers repeatedly asked Israel to stop their attacks in the hours prior to the strike that killed the four observers.

  2. The IDF probably had their own ideas about ‘tactical necessity’. And did the UN ask Hizbolllah to stop attacking from cover of the observation post?

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