What follows is a horror story, released on Friday, February 1st, by Stephen Harper’s government.
When the Israeli Armed Forces killed a Canadian U.N. soldier and three others, during Israel’s failed invasion of Lebanon, they explained that the killings were a mistake.
I don’t know why the Israelis killed the Canadian – Major Paeta Hess-Von Kruedener, a member of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, and three of his colleagues in a clearly-marked United Nations Observation Post. But they did.
I don’t know for sure if the post was deliberately targeted – but I think it was.
The results of a Canadian Board Of Inquiry have finally come out. Today the Globe and Mail published a tiny story…not even 200 words long…explaining what we all knew a long time ago. That an unarmed Canadian Major was killed by an Israeli bomb.
The New York Times published a few words too (279). The Times explained that the U.N. wanted Israel to stop attacking its post.
So did the Winnipeg Free Press – also quite short.
This story…just like our reputation for peacekeeping…is off the government radar and hence, off the mainstream media radar as well.
In a rather bizarre addendum to a press release on this subject, the Canadian government said:
“Appropriate portions of the final report have been severed out (read censored), in accordance with Access to Information regulations to protect the operational security of the IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) and the UN. (Read Cover their Asses). However the essence of the report remains and tells a little of the story of what happened that night”.
They begged, they pleaded and they yelled out.
A half hour before the fatal bomb was dropped, a United Nations Commander yelled over a radio hookup at an Israeli official: “You are killing my people”.
After that there was a brief period of silence and the Canadian soldier and his fellow soldiers thought it was all over. They thought, ah, Israel has heard us and listened.
They then prepared to evacuate the Observation Post – just in case.
But before they could pack their bags, that big Israeli bomb…a 1,100 pound GPS-guided bomb…went whistling down right on the spot. Continue reading