Wednesday, July 26

Four United Nations peacekeepers have been killed in an Israeli air strike on an observation post in south Lebanon today.
The UN in Lebanon says the Israeli air force destroyed the observer post where the military observers tried to find shelter.
It said the four, from Austria, Canada, China and Finland, had been hiding in a bunker under the post after it was earlier shelled 14 times by Israeli artillery.
Now this might not strike a nerve with our Lebanese friends since their country has already lost over 385 people and close to a million people are displaced or refugees . They might think why whine about those four... But it has a symbolic magnitude. It might pull in the international community and place broader resentment on present Israeli procedures.

6 comments:

_z. said...

zee_
actually the death of these poor souls bother me a lot, because they are dead following orders. They did not chose to be in Lebanon. They had no saying in their being there... much like a lot of the Lebanese population, who had no saying in the war. May they rest in peace.
However if this is going to bring more international resentment... I am not sure it will work. We've seen how incensitive the world is to the miseries of others. They will stop when they want to stop, no matter what anyone will say (they may make it seem as an international decision). They have a green light from all the Forces that matter in this world...

Mirvat said...

i second what _z. said
zee, i ish you were right but us lebanese are very familiar with UN's helplessness and with the way even this will be forgotten and wrapped up.

BeeBee said...

It doesn't seem like anyone is going to do anything about it... Yet I appreciate ur optimism! I pray for those soldiers and for the Palestinian people and the Lebanese as well... I hope this will come to an end soon.

Gary said...

And that particular UN post has been there for more than 30 years with a huge blue UN symbol on the roof. This was not an accident, whether thought out or not. It's unbelievable. And guess what our new Canadian (Bush acolyte) Prime Minster said? "They should have left when the fighting started."

Brilliant Stevie ... the observers should leave their posts and run.

AM said...

Well, that didn't do anything to change the UN's position and push for a ceasefire, did it?

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