Not excusing anything, but, what was the UN doing there?
Not much, obviously.
Well, yes. I know that.
But, what was it supposed to be doing?[/quote]
Observing. Been there for twenty years, apparently, and lit up like a ship. Of course, nothing new in any of this, the Israelis have always killed innocents as a matter of principle. If the killing gets too onerous they use their proxies just like they did at Sabra and Shatilla. Do you suppose these criminal fuckers have any WMDs secreted around the orange groves? Might it not be a good thing to push for regime change at the very least?
[quote]Israel attack ‘deliberate’
. . . THE United Nations repeatedly asked Israel to stop bombarding its position at Khiyam in southern Lebanon in the hours leading up to the deaths of four international observers, according to a UN military source.
. . . A United Nations source said the organisation had protested repeatedly to the Israelis during shelling on Tuesday about the strikes that preceded the fatal bombing that night.
The pattern of the fire made it clear that it came from the Israelis, the source said, and only Israel possessed weapons heavy enough to penetrate the fortified bunker in which the observers were sheltering.
But it was unclear how or why an Israeli aircraft came to bomb a clearly marked UN position which should have been indicated as exempt from attack.
“This position has been there for 20 years,” the UN source said. "In the old days that was the front line. Israel knows these positions and they have had two weeks to zero in on this area and register targets and where you don’t want to hit. That’s standard behaviour.
"They [the bunkers] are big white things - you can see them for miles and they are lit up at night. Even if the Israelis just arrived cold from the moon two weeks ago, they have been firing there in that area regularly for two weeks.
“As a fire control issue it is a nonsense. If you keep firing all afternoon into a position like that, then ultimately something will go wrong.”[/quote]