Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Ghosts of Qana

In 1996, a hilarious event occurred in southern Lebanon, in which a United Nations post manned by Fijian soldiers was shelled by the IDF resulting in 106 killed and around 116 injured .  It's hilarious if you like Dr. Strangelove on acid, which is not a criticism.

This is not to be confused with the Qana incident of 2006, in which a Canadian major serving with the UN was killed despite the location of their observation post been identified to the IDF, repeatedly.  As it turned out, all procedures were correct, everybody got medals, and the Canadian government protested feebly.

Anyway, in the 1996 IDF investigation that was "prompt, impartial, credible and transparent, conforming to international standards, of exactly what happened," it was determined that everything had been done correctly, but that some units had the wrong maps, or no maps, or the dog ate their homework,and everybody felt good about it.

In the UN investigation, Major Franklin van Kappen was not so dewy-eyed.

Major Franklin posed these questions to the IDF,who said that the dog ate their maps, that everything had been done correctly, and that the UN could fuck itself.

Then there was a press investigation, conducted in Hebrew.

The rest is here.

Israel might have learned less from The Holocaust than Germany.