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Sunday, February 10, 2008 

Harper Remains Silent On Killing Of Canadian Peacekeeping Soldier In Lebanon

The widow of a Canadian soldier killed while serving with the United Nations in Lebanon two years ago says that Prime Minister Stephen Harper should demand answers from the Israeli government about what happened in an incident that killed her husband during the Israel invasion of Lebanon in 2006. At the time, Harper called the Israel invasion of Lebanon a "measured response."

Canadian Armed Forces Major Paeta Hess-von Kruedener, and three other UN military observers were killed on July 25, 2006, while manning a United Nations observation post in Lebanon with other unarmed military observers from Finland, China and Austria.

Their fortified bunker had been under attack from Israeli artillery for six hours that day, despite repeated pleas from them and their commanders to Israeli military officials to cease fire.

The bunker was so damaged by artillery that its occupants told the Israeli Defence Forces by radio that they would be pulling out the next morning, as soon as an armoured personnel carrier could transport them out safely.

Around sunset, their bunker, which had stood on the same spot for 60 years and clearly marked with a large 'UN' on the roof, was destroyed by a massive 500 pound Israeli bomb made specifically for penetrating reinforced concrete structures.

Israel has not officially responded on the incident, but neither has Prime Minister Stephan Harper.

Let's face it, peace keeping missions are not what Harper and the Conservatives want right now. They want the kind of flag waving opportunities for nationalism that only an aggressive war can bring to them.

It's all for politics.


-'Demand answers from Israel' - Kingston Whig-Standard

-CTV News


-Canada's Military Issues 'Whitewash' Statement On Killing of Peacekeeper

"Let's face it, peace keeping missions are not what Harper and the Conservatives want right now. They want the kind of flag waving opportunities for nationalism that only an aggressive war can bring to them.

It's all for politics."

Amen! Fantastic post! Let's hope the government falls on the budget so the opposition parties can let Harper have it on national television and show the entire country how shortsighted and destructive his military vision for Canada really is.

I think everybody knows what happened. Hezbollah was using UN stations and towers as cover. The Israelis attached the hezbollah positions and got to close to the Canadian peacekeeper. He probably shouldn't have been there in the first place, being that there was no "peace" to keep. Maybe your questions are better directed toward hezbollah, who deliberately endangered a Canadian's life by breaking international law and using un peacekeepers as shields.
Oh sorry...this is leftdogs site...and such critical thinking doesn't happen here.

David - funny that even the phony Military review never mentioned anything that you just said. Is that a line from the PMO?

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