The NY Sun reports this morning that Kofi Annan’s smear against Israel is threatening to “unravel:”
An apparent discrepancy in the portrayal of events surrounding the deaths of four unarmed U.N. observers in Lebanon threatens to unravel Secretary-General Annan’s initial accusation that Israel “deliberately” targeted the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon.
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.
LGF posts a CBC radio interview with retired Canadian Major General Lewis Mackenzie discussing the emails. He noted:
“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 full email from the deceased Canadian is at the CTV site.
Canadian PM Stephen Harper is not buying Kofi’s krapola. Andrew Bolt at The Herald Sun takes a closer look at UNIFIL press releases to explain why the UN post was bombed. More journalists in the MSM should follow suit.
Gene at Harry’s Place links to this story, which features the photo of the side-by-side U.N. and Hezbollah flags at the UNIFIL outpost that you won’t see printed on the front page of the NYtimes. Let’s see it again:
The story reports:
Beyond experiencing the uncertainty felt by ordinary Israelis, [Roy ]Rempel found the trip illuminating in a broader, strategic sense. During a visit to Israel’s northern frontier, a trip that only took a few hours, he witnessed for himself the pre-1967 borders and “the security dilemma Israel faces up there.”
Hills in Lebanon overlook the northern town of Metulla and “you get a sense of how vulnerable those communities are. Hezbollah positions look down on a child’s wading pool at [Metulla’s] Canada Centre,” he noted.
[Tanis] Gilbert, who was quite familiar with the Israeli scene because of her work in [Montreal Liberal MP Irwin] Cotler’s office, said she was scared during the visit to northern Israel, when the group toured an Israeli military outpost and came “face-to-face with Hezbollah.”
The Shiite terrorist group has erected a billboard facing Israel on which it placed enlarged photos showing mutilated Israeli soldiers killed in Lebanon. “Hezbollah taunts the soldiers on a daily basis,” she said. “The fact they [Israeli soldiers] see this every day and managed to stay restrained was amazing to me,” Gilbert said. “The resilience of the Israeli people was amazing to me, that they go with normal lives even though things are blowing up around them. They have amazing resilience,” she said.
The Washington Times pushes back at Annan’s crooked finger and concludes: “Alas, in the salons of Turtle Bay, blaming Israel remains very much in vogue.”
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