"Saddened"… but not enough to protest.

Maj. Paeta Hess-von Kruedener

“”I am deeply saddened by reports that Major Hess-von Kruedener serving with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) mission in south Lebanon is missing and presumed dead as a result of an incident yesterday,” said Harper.”
Harper indicated he did not agree with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s characterization of the Israeli hit as “deliberate targeting” of UN personnel.”
“”I certainly doubt that to be the case, given that the government of Israel has been co-operating with us in our evacuation efforts, in our attempts to move Canadian citizens out of Lebanon, and also trying to keep our own troops that are on the ground involved in that evacuation out of harms way. So, I seriously doubt that,” he said.
Harper later accepted a telephone call from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who, according to Canadian officials, expressed his “deep regret” for the incident and apologized to all Canadians on behalf of his government.”
This, despite evidence that Isreal had been repeatedly warned and aprised that they were targetting the UN observers’ post and despite their assertions that they would stop.
I’d like to know when Harper is going to act like a Canadian Prime Minister and demand that Israel stop this current aggression. I want to know when he is going to act like a Canadian Prime Minister and stand up for the innocents being killed in Lebanon.
It is time for him to stop acting like Bush’s bum-boy and act like a Canadian.
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All the handshakes in the world can’t "fix" this problem….

“With anti-American sentiment at unprecedented levels around the world, Americans worried about their country’s low standing are pushing a grassroots campaign to change foreign perceptions of the United States “one handshake at a time.”

Unfortunately, the effect of American policy and complete lack of a recognizable form of diplomacy on the part of the US government, handshakes ain’t gonna fix what’s broke.

Of course, the complete inability for the US to tell the difference between criticism of policy and actions and “anti-Americanism” doesn’t do much to improve dialogue between “them” and “us”. Nor does the inability to understand that criticism about policy and actions does not amount to “hating Americans”.

"Horror and Hope"

This was an entry in the most recent Fotki photo contest. It is a stark and beutifully haunting photo. Although I haven’t been to the memorial, it appears (and rightly so) frightening and oppressive…. An amazing photo.

“Horror and Hope” © Napomo

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
“After following the discussion around the Holocaust Memorial for some years in the media, I finally had the opportunity to visit it during my recent visit of my birthplace, Berlin. At first sight from outside I almost felt shocked and embarassed, the place for me resembled the stock ground of a dealer in building blocks rather than a memorial for 6 million murdered human beings. I only realized the fantastic concept behind those concrete blocks by going in, spending time and sensing the spirit of the place between the highest and most depressing stelae, exploring the almost surealistic play of light and shadows on the smooth surfaces, the ups and downs of the floor, the thousands of parallel lines which lead your eyes in so many directions and always end up in light.

It’s a place that leads your mind to one of the darkest chapters of mankind, to the essence of guilt and of suffering and at the same time to ubiquitous hope and light. I visited the Memorial 3 times and the more time I spent there, the more I grasped its meanings.” Napomo

“It happened, therefore it can happen again: this is the core of what we have to say.” (Primo Levi)

My thanks to Napomo for allowing me to post this, here.

All the handshakes in the world can’t "fix" this problem….

“With anti-American sentiment at unprecedented levels around the world, Americans worried about their country’s low standing are pushing a grassroots campaign to change foreign perceptions of the United States “one handshake at a time.”

Unfortunately, the effect of American policy and complete lack of a recognizable form of diplomacy on the part of the US government, handshakes ain’t gonna fix what’s broke.

Of course, the complete inability for the US to tell the difference between criticism of policy and actions and “anti-Americanism” doesn’t do much to improve dialogue between “them” and “us”. Nor does the inability to understand that criticism about policy and actions does not amount to “hating Americans”.

"Horror and Hope"

This was an entry in the most recent Fotki photo contest. It is a stark and beutifully haunting photo. Although I haven’t been to the memorial, it appears (and rightly so) frightening and oppressive…. An amazing photo.

“Horror and Hope” © Napomo

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
“After following the discussion around the Holocaust Memorial for some years in the media, I finally had the opportunity to visit it during my recent visit of my birthplace, Berlin. At first sight from outside I almost felt shocked and embarassed, the place for me resembled the stock ground of a dealer in building blocks rather than a memorial for 6 million murdered human beings. I only realized the fantastic concept behind those concrete blocks by going in, spending time and sensing the spirit of the place between the highest and most depressing stelae, exploring the almost surealistic play of light and shadows on the smooth surfaces, the ups and downs of the floor, the thousands of parallel lines which lead your eyes in so many directions and always end up in light.

It’s a place that leads your mind to one of the darkest chapters of mankind, to the essence of guilt and of suffering and at the same time to ubiquitous hope and light. I visited the Memorial 3 times and the more time I spent there, the more I grasped its meanings.” Napomo

“It happened, therefore it can happen again: this is the core of what we have to say.” (Primo Levi)

My thanks to Napomo for allowing me to post this, here.

"Harper not keen to supply peacekeepers for Mideast mission"

“Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he does not favour sending Canadian troops to southern Lebanon as part of a multinational peacekeeping force, adding that countries in the area should be responsible for resolving the conflict.

Harper said it would not be Canada’s “first choice to have Canadian or foreign troops” sent to enforce peace between Israel and Hezbollah. On Tuesday, Israeli Defence Minister Amir Peretz said Israel would be willing to hand over control of a security zone in southern Lebanon to an international force.”

In fact, Mr. Harper has made it quite clear that, in his opinion Canada should be taking sides, rather than adopting the historic Canadian role of impartial peacemaker.

A sad day for Canada….

It is offensive to the history and nature of Canada and Canadians that our leader should abandon Canada’s traditional role and morally despicable for him to openly and officially voice support for Israel.

That he should express the view that Israel’s act of carpet-bombing of civilian targets, including the bombing of clearly marked emergency medical vehicles, killing hundreds of innocents in retaliation for the killing of 6 (count ’em — six!) soldiers (by terrorists) is “measured” is beyond belief. I assume he considers the US’ illegal invasion and continued involvement in Iraq despite a proven lack of responsibility in the 9/11 events and, indeed based on pretexts long proven unfounded, “regretable”… No, he in fact supports the US’ position.

We now know Mr. Harper’s position on international matters.

Sad and morally reprehensible.
…and on that note:

Israel “regrets”“….

“”We do not target UN personnel and, since the beginning of this conflict, we have made a consistent effort to ensure the safety of all members of (the UN peacekeeping force). This tragic event will be thoroughly investigated,” Mr Regev said.
Earlier UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said he was “shocked” at Israel’s “apparently deliberate targeting” of the UN post in Lebanon.

Mr Annan described the strike as a “co-ordinated artillery and aerial attack on a long established and clearly marked UN post.””

and, as mentioned in the above posting:

It is meant to be a universally recognised symbol of neutrality and a guaranteed passage of protection for the victims of armed conflict.

But at least 10 Lebanese ambulances bearing the emblem of the international red cross have instead become targets in Israeli air strikes that have killed more than a dozen civilian passengers being transported to hospitals in the south of the country.

The latest attack occurred on Sunday night near the small village of Quna, where two ambulances travelling in convoy were fired on by an Israeli Apache helicopter as they sped to the besieged port city of Tyre .”

and ….

The Israeli Defence Force has not commented about its targeting of ambulances, but in the past has said militants in the West Bank and Gaza had used them to transport weapons and fighters, in contravention of laws governing armed conflict.”


…of course, invading armies are free to blow up civilians and emergency personnel in ambulances while engaged in an illegal war…