Sunday, July 30, 2006

U.N. Refutes Lewis MacKenzie

From Edward Mortimer, director of communications, executive office of the Secretary-General, United Nations:

New York -- The United Nations observers who died in Lebanon on July 25 were killed by an Israeli attack. Retired major-general Lewis MacKenzie's criticism of the Secretary-General's remarks that this was an "apparently deliberate targeting" is itself premature and misplaced (Kofi Annan's Hasty Rush To Judgment -- July 27).

Mr. Annan's expression of shock and distress was based on very precise reports received from the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). At least 10 calls were made to the Israeli authorities that afternoon to indicate that Israeli shelling was getting closer to the UN position at Khiyam.

This position, where a Canadian and three other unarmed military observers were later killed, has been well-known to the Israeli army for many years and was clearly marked. The Israelis gave express assurances that UN personnel would be spared. Reports received also showed 21 hits within 300 meters, 12 within 100 meters and four direct hits.

Mr. MacKenzie says that the Canadian observer sent messages implying that "we have Hezbollah fighters all over our position engaging the IDF and using us as shields." This report was sent a full week before the post came under fire. On the day in question, the monitors certainly didn't report that Hezbollah was "all over" their position, or using them as shields. Nor did any of them imply this in any way.

Mr. MacKenzie's extraordinary claim flies in the face of overwhelming available evidence to the contrary. And it does not honor the memory of Major Paeta Hess-von Kruedener, who was just one example of Canada's proud contribution to peacekeeping.

Not much to add here. As to the last couple of sentences, I would just remind my Conservative readers not to let their irrational hatred of the U.N. lead them to dishonor the death of Canadian soldiers who chose to serve both Canada and the wider world, as Lewis MacKenzie and PM Stephen Harper seem to have done.

5 comments:

Annamarie said...

By their inappropriate, vacuous comments, "measured response" Harper and blustering, ignorant Lewis MacKenzie have put the final nails in the coffin that holds Canada's myth as a "peace-keeping" nation. They have clearly disabused the world and Canadians of this long-held myth, and shown us for what we really are: unequivocal US-backing, war machinery-making neo-con sheeple, previously disguised as peaceful doves. We should thank them for showing us the truth about ourselves.

Anonymous said...

Gee Annamarie, nicely balanced post!

I don't suppose you objected when Lew McKenzie was actually serving in harm's way, protecting YOUR delicate ass from harm.

But you are right...Canada as a "peace-keeping" nation IS a myth, if one takes into account that in WWII CAnada fielded an armed forces comprised of one out of every six male adults in the population...

Ti-Guy said...

I don't suppose you objected when Lew McKenzie was actually serving in harm's way, protecting YOUR delicate ass from harm.

Not to mention protecting the doughy arse of the chairborn anonymous coward who, instead of enlisting, plays "widdle keyboard wawwior" from his mommy's basement.

Anonymous said...

"Not to mention protecting the doughy arse of the chairborn anonymous coward who, instead of enlisting, plays "widdle keyboard wawwior" from his mommy's basement."

Actually Bi-guy...you're being to hard on yourself...I have it on good authority that you were able to leave mommy's basement after they increased your welfare payments

doneking said...

mackenzie, his eye on a nomination and the rightful heir to lobbyist O'connor's post, was just trying to draw cover for his buddy Harpor. Show the UN for its pro-peacenik way. Annamarie, I agree with the cut of your gib. Vacuous, blustering, through in a gutless solicitous email pimping our PM as the hottest hero of 'measured principles' and you've got the makings of a fictional hero that canwest can put on the air. Capt Tighty Whitey...