Shorter Stevie Harper: The reason Israel was able to bomb a known UN observation post is because the UN kept it manned. The fault lies with the UN; not Israel, whose actions are always measured.
Koffi Annan, Secretary General of the UN has come out stating that Israel deliberately attacked the UN observation post. Harper has a different view. (Parroting the US view)
"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 efforts to move Canadian citizens out of Lebanon and also trying to keep our own troops that are on the ground involved in the evacuation our of harm's way," he said.What an incredible piece of bullshit.
"We want to find out why this United Nations post was attacked and also why it remained manned during what is now, more or less, a war during obvious danger to these individuals."
Guess what Steve. National Defence Headquarters knew there was a Canadian in that interim force and had the authority to withdraw him at any time. So, since you seem to know so much about such things, why didn't you order all Canadian members of UNIFIL out of Lebanon?
Of course, Steve isn't aware of something pertinent. While the Israeli government is screaming that they would never intentionally target a UN post, the Israeli Defence Force is a different story. Anyone who has been unfortunate enough to have had to deal with the IDF in a UN peacekeeping capacity is well aware that the IDF hates blue helmets. It's the blue helmets that rat them out when they intentionally violate cease-fire and disengagement agreements.
Think for a minute what Harper would have said if Hezbollah had hit a UN observation post, accidentally or otherwise. Imagine Harper's response, even if, after the event, Hezbollah stated that they had no intention of hitting a UN post and apologized. Do you think you would hear Harper saying, "I doubt it was intentional."?
Update: Given that Harper is devoid of original thought, his statement on the UN observer post being manned had to come from somewhere, and sure enough, it turns out it is an Israeli hawk/neo-con talking point. Liberal catnip caught it just a short time ago.