Sometimes I wake upand hear things on the news and think I am just imagining them, but this one is true- Kofi Anna actually did accuse Israel of deliberately bombing the UN:
United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan was at the centre of a diplomatic storm today after accusing Israel of deliberately bombing a UN observer post in southern Lebanon, killing at least two peacekeepers.
Two peacekeepers were killed and two were feared dead under the rubble of their post in the town of Khiyam, near the eastern sector of the border.
On hearing the news Annan rushed out of a Rome hotel where he had been dining with US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and Lebanon’s prime minister last night, on the eve of international talks on the Lebanon crisis. He said the Israeli hit on the observer post was “apparently deliberate” and demanded an investigation.
“I am shocked and deeply distressed by the apparently deliberate targeting by Israeli Defence Forces of a UN observer post in southern Lebanon,” Annan said in a statement.
Annan said the post had been there for a long time, was marked clearly, and was hit despite assurances from Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert that UN positions would not be attacked.
“I call on the government of Israel to conduct a full investigation into this very disturbing incident and demand that any further attack on UN positions and personnel must stop,” he said.
What he thinks he is going to accomplish with this sort of charge is beyond me- it would seem that the bombing of clearly marked positions would be in itself damning of Israel for carelessness and would bolster charges of indiscriminate warfare. But to take it to the next level, to accuse Israel of deliberately waging war on the UN, seems to me to be preposterous and offensive.
There are a lot of groups and a lot of countries in that region who do not adhere and who actively flout to the larger principles allegedly advanced by the United Nations. Israel is not one of those nations, and Annan should apologize.