|"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.
|"At the time, there had been no Hezbollah activity reported in the area," he said. "So it was quite clear they were not going after other targets; that, for whatever reason, our position was being fired upon.|
"Whether or not they thought they were going after something else, we don't know. The fact was, we told them where we were. They knew where we were. The position was clearly marked, and they pounded the hell out of us."
Originally Posted by Pandora114
Someone's sarcasm meter is on the fritz again
Originally Posted by sevenkids
I don't understand, reading the entire article, how General McKenzie came to that conclusion, and is now passing it off as fact, or using it as an excuse to justify the bombing.
I was having a conversation with someone on another board, and when I mentioned that the IDF had bombed Red Cross ambulances, staffed by Red Cross volunteers, he said, "Well, have you considered that the ambulances may have been hijacked by Hezbollah?" Um, no, because they weren't, they were loaded with families who were trying to have a picnic at the beach.
Now, if Hezbollah was using the UN post as a shield, why be so cryptic? Why "veiled language"? Why not make it official to the UN? Why e-mails? Are e-mails typically used by the UN in military/conflict situations? Who was the e-mail addressed to?
then, further down, it says a senior UN offical is quoted as saying;
So, I don't get it. Too many unanswered questions amidst the hyperbole.
Originally Posted by sadie_sabot
Huh! I dunno! the UN, maybe? oh...wait....