Harper Remains Silent On Killing Of Canadian Peacekeeping Soldier In Lebanon
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.
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