There is an interesting article at the Ottawa Citizen. It's interesting that the email discussed was sent to CTV. I don't recall hearing anything about it on yesterday's Question Period, when they all sat around bashing Israel for "deliberately targeting" the UN post, not to mention bashing Harper for supporting Israel.
But maybe I missed it.
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.
"What I can tell you is this," he wrote in an e-mail to CTV dated July 18. "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."
Those words, particularly the last sentence, are not-so-veiled language indicating Israeli strikes were aimed at Hezbollah targets near the post, said Maj.-Gen. MacKenzie.
"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.
That would mean Hezbollah was purposely setting up near the UN post, he added. It's a tactic Maj.-Gen. MacKenzie, who was the first UN commander in Sarajevo during the Bosnia civil war, said he's seen in past international missions. Aside from UN posts, fighters would set up near hospitals, mosques and orphanages.
So, you mean that Hezbollah does this on purpose? You mean that Hezbollah shields themselves with innocents and UN personnel? You mean that Israel didn't hit said UN post or civilians on purpose?
To hear the media tell it, CTV in particular, Israel is looking for women and children to bomb. I love that "mostly women and children" is inserted into the first sentence of the opening paragraph of their story... especially since who has been killed has not been confirmed.