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Tuesday, July 25, 2006


Qana II

It's not quantitatively the same as the Qana massacre (106 dead), but today's Israeli bombing has turned blood into tears in just the same way:
Five soldiers from the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in south Lebanon were killed in Israeli shelling on Tuesday evening, Aljazeera correspondent reported.

However, agency reports quoted UN officials in south Lebanon and Lebanese security sources saying that four UN observers were killed in an Israeli bombing raid on Tuesday.
The Qana massacre brought an immediate end to Israel's "Operation Grapes of Wrath" in 1996. Would that we could expect the same here. We can't.

Update: From the BBC:

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said he was "shocked" at the "apparently deliberate targeting" of the post.

The UN in Lebanon says the Israeli air force destroyed the observer post, in which four military observers were sheltering.
Israel and its apologists in the US will of course say that "Israel doesn't target civilians (or, presumably, UN soldiers)." However, that lie is belied by this inconvenient fact:
A rescue team was also shelled as it tried to clear the rubble.
Not to mention that the post was "shelled 14 times by Israeli artillery." Make no mistake about it. This was no accident.

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