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Saturday, 29 July 2006

From Australia with Love

From Australia with Love.

If you ever wonder why sometimes Mr Bagel looks funny, well this is how my page looks down under in Australia.

In between furiously pedalling our generator to get enough electricity to drive our computer, I like to 'Surf the Web', although considering how far and remote I live its more like paddling the waterhole.

I live 400 kilometers from the nearest major town.
Living so remotely, I was trying to figure out how we could help Israel especially the I.D.F.

I came across PizzaIDF.com now I know its only a small contribution but I figure we owe the Soldiers of the I.D.F. big time.

Pizza IDF

This organisation was started in 2002 during Israel's Operation Defensive Shield. This military operation was designed to rid our area of terrorists following the bombing of the Park Hotel in Netanya and the murder of thirty innocent people, many Holocaust survivors, who were sitting down to their Passover Seder meal.

Sending pizza to our soldiers provides them a much needed moral boost by demonstrating support from around the world and at the same time providing people outside of Israel with a way to express their solidarity with Israel and her soldiers. See some pictures of the pizzas being delivered.

I've created some buttons for people to use.

There's a low resolution picture and a medium resolution picture.

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Here is a link to the PIZZA IDF CODE for your side bar in your blog, its a worthy scheme and shows the soldiers we care.

If you can't tell the difference between the pictures then use the left low resolution picture, well use the low res picture, if you want people who have telephone internet to go to sleep later use the med resolution picture.

I've sent the code and pictures to PizzaIDF and I'm sure they'll organise to host the pictures.

In the mean time use the picture of my picture hosting if you don't have your own hosting but obviously check back at pizzaIDF for their address for the picture as I'm not to sure how many pictures my account will serve. I'm guessing a few people might get this blog 'button'.

Oh if you want to see the Blog button its right here on the right in my side bar.
[Its big because I want people to use it!]

Pizza IDF accepts credit cards and Paypal, apparently they will even let you mail in your payment, but I expect the Pizza might be a bit mouldy by the time the money comes.

The great thing is you get to leave a message that goes with the delivery, let then know how much you appreciate their bravery.

Click on the button and buy the soldiers a Pizza or put the button on your blog.

Or better do both!

Elders of zion or the Button!
P.S. Mr Bagel actually has real electricity, even thou he does live very remote. He has one of those big 2 way satellites that the IDF don't like, (most have seen the pictures) if you don't put the button in your blog, Bagel Blogger will point his Satellite at you and make you watch re runs of Elders of Zion in Arabic on al Jazeera for the rest of your life. Now as the Elders would say - the time has come!

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Pro-Lebanese protesters

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Violent Confrontation in Perth Australia

Violent scuffles broke out between police and pro-Lebanon protesters who mobbed Australia's prime minister Saturday demanding more government action to bring peace in the Middle East, a news agency reported.

Prime Minister John Howard was leaving a state conference of his Liberal Party in the west coast Australian city of Perth,when the prime minister, who has been supportive of Israel, was set apon by about 200 protesters that had gathered outside the venue, many waving Lebanese and Palestinian flags. A number of the protesters clashed violently with police .

Mr Howard had used his conference speech to attack Hizbollah, which is fighting Israel in southern Lebanon.

"It's not some kind of inspirational liberation organisation, it's a terrorist organisation," he said.

Mr Howard had said there would be no lasting peace in the Middle East until both sides accepted the right for independent Israeli and Palestinian states.

"There must be an unconditional acceptance throughout the entire Arab world ... of Israel's right to exist in peace and stability, behind secure, internationally recognised boundaries," he told the conference.

"There has to be an equally unconditional acceptance, including on the part of the Israelis, of the need and and the justice in the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

"Until those two conditions are met there will never be a lasting settlement, there will never be lasting peace in the Middle East."

As the prime minister departed, the protesters surged towards his car, demanding an end to the war which has killed hundreds of civilians.

Protesters punched and kicked police and threw projectiles at the car, AAP reported.
Howard's entourage sped from the scene as police wrestled protesters to the ground, it said.

Several protesters were arrested and taken away by police.

Protest leader Muhammad El Khatib said he has family in Lebanon and the Australian government was not doing enough to broker peace in the region.
"Hizbullah is protecting Lebanon, they are freedom fighters, not terrorists," he said

Mr Bagel


The Age: Howard flees angry mob
SMH: Two charged after attack on Howard's car

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Friday, 28 July 2006

Yalla Ya Nasrallah, Funny Hebrew Video Clip

Yalla Ya Nasrallah
A Funny and Funky Hebrew song from Israel,
leting Nasrallah know whats coming to him
[Has English Sub titles]

Its a funky beat and good imagery, well worth the watch.

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Fresh News to your screen, Never Stale

CLICK ON Porky to see the Video
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Brave Aussie killed fighting for Israel

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An Australian Jew fighting with the Israeli army has been killed during a fierce battle in southern Lebanon. Assaf Namer, 26, was one of nine soldiers killed in a Hezbollah ambush near the guerilla stronghold of Bint Jbeil in southern Lebanon yesterday.

Sergeant Namer, whose family lives in Sydney, was born in Israel but moved to Australia with his family when he was 10. The Australian citizen moved back to Israel two and a half years ago to enlist in the army, according to Israeli media reports.

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies chief executive Vic Alhadeff confirmed Sgt Namer's death.
"We were extremely upset to hear about the death as we are at all casualties of this war," Mr Alhadeff said.

Sgt Namer's sister and mother left Sydney today on their way to Israel.

The Israeli newspaper Yediot Achronot said Sgt Namer was from Kiryat Yam, and was serving in the Golani division of the Israeli army. Sgt Namer was due to be discharged from the army within a month and planned to settle down in Israel with his Tel Aviv-based girlfriend.

Mr Namer's grandmother was the first to receive news of the soldier's death after army representatives came to her house late Wednesday night.

The Israeli born soldier, moved to Australia at the age of ten and became an Australian citizen. He returned to Israel two-and-a-half years ago with the intent to enlist in the army and serve as part of the Golani division.

Assaf Namer, a volunteer with the Israeli army, was killed in a battle with Hezbollah. He was a month short of finishing his army service.

"In my eyes he was the perfect son," said his father,
speaking from Kiryat Ata, near Haifa in Israel.

He said he had premonitions of his son's death after speaking to him a week ago and learning he had been asked to serve in Lebanon.

"He sounded OK. He was not scared. I told him to be afraid all the time. That's the only chance. When we finished talking I started to cry."

Assaf Namer was born in Israel but moved to the Sydney suburb of Bondi with his mother when he was 12. He returned to Israel two years ago to serve in the army and joined an elite unit.

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Asaf Namer with his childhood friend, Daisy Moreno

He had refused an offer by the army to complete his service in an intelligence unit. "He was a boy that had no fear."

His childhood friend, Daisy Moreno, 26, described
Mr Namer as "like a brother to me, happy, beautiful".

Mr Namer was one of eight soldiers killed on Wednesday in a battle with Hezbollah on the outskirts of the southern Lebanese village of Bint Jbeil. The troops began entering the village at 5am in an operation to engage Hezbollah guerillas and destroy their weapon stores.

Mr Peretz also pointed out that Sergeant Namer had made a decision to come back to Israel and serve in the army despite it not being a requirement.

"Although his life was in Australia, he was a Zionist who chose to come to Israel in order to do his part," Mr Peretz said.

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Asaf Namer with his childhood friend,
Daisy Moreno, in Israel last month.

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Mr Bagel gets the Call up

Mr Bagel had been dreaming
of the day he would be with a F 16

Somehow now that the chance
had come it didn't seem like
what he dreamt it would be.

Our Prayers are with all those serving

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Thursday, 27 July 2006

Bombs Falling from the Ground,(PART II) Kofi Points his finger immediately again!

I wrote a post Yesterday, speculating that a 'accident involving a third party' would be imminent. Either the U.N. , Civilians or other 'Nationalities trying to flee' Lebanon would become victims in a 'accidental Israeli' Military action.

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Desperately trying to maintain control,
Nasrallah is capable of anything.

Why? Why would Israel deliberately do this?
I don't believe Israel would. For the reasons I'll expalin.

The reason I speculated, is I believe Hezbollah is desperate to have this military action end, despite Nasrallah's vitriolic rhetoric, he knows that the facts on the ground are, the longer this conflict continues the more likely Hezbollah will be devastated, and the more likely the Lebanese public will decide to rid themselves of the Hezbollah Canker.

Hezbollah Expediency
Its simple, expediency, something Hezbollah ultimately has been very good at.

What would Israel have to gain at having a 'innocent third party' fall victim to an errant bomb/rocket form the Israeli I.D.F.? Nothing absolutely unequivably Nothing.

Little Green Men Theorems
To extend this and postulate that it was an actually a deliberate targeting is beyond reason, blow up a UN post so the military action ends, and Israel can effect the assignment of U.N. troops to the area? Thats right up there with the little green men.

Examining the Motive?
The Motive, if the gain [real or percieved] isn't there then the motive must be seriously questioned, if this is such, then the unlikelyhood of the action follows. Now ask yourself what did Hezbullah have to gain in the same 'event'?

I think its fairly obvious Israel doesn't want the conflict to finalise yet, no one would think that by blowing up a UN post deliberately this would help continue the conflict.

Top Secret Israel wants to continue the campaign.
Israel is doing all it can, to limit civilian casualties both from the moral perspective and also from the perspective of ensuring capability to continue. Israel knows that the U.N. and some countries especially some Arab countries and France are trying to dig up any reason to have these hostilities ceased.

We have now had news that a IDF bomb/(rocket?) that is now being stated as a precision guided munition has struck the UNTSO post.

I don't buy it.

Not only do I don't buy it, but if it is proven that the IDF wasn't responsible then I believe it is time that Kofi Annan should stand aside.

The Reputation of the U.N Secretary General
His entire reputation is soiled in the close association he has with his son and the Food for Oil program fiasco. A better man, would have resigned his post in respect for the importance of the integrity of his position.

To not resign whilst having your son accused of crimes specifically involved with the UN's activities in the Food for Oil scandal shows he is not the man for the Job.

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I'm not suggesting Kofi has too cosy a relationship with some of the rather rich oil producing countries like his son, but, the evidence of his continual willingness to make hasty il informed statements against Israel is beginning to become tiring.

Equality, Liberty and Jumping to Conclusions
This man is supposed to represent the process of equality and fairness, surely Justice is served by not condeming a State as being guilty until the balance of Evidence shows this to be the case?

Why is it that recently Kofi has been continually jumping the gun in his eagerness to accuse Israel. Does he feel inadequate within his role as the U.N. secretary?

He even voiced his disbelief in front of reporters on a Just recently released Israeli report before he had even read it!

How Far from the Tree?
No if this explosion doesn't end up being Israel's responsibility, then, Kofi Annan must resign! I don't like the questions riding over his son, I don't like the fact that his son was complicitly involved in criminal actions with corrupt officials and I particularly don't like that the office of the U.N. may have been seriously compromised.

Is the Secretary General's Office Compromised?
What if there exists evidence in possesion of another Country, that would directly involve Kofi or further embroil his son in the Food for Oil or other controversies? This would Jeopardise his ability to be supposedly Independant.

I'm sorry but something there must be some basis for Annan's continual bias against Israel

News coming In
According to an unamed source at the Jerusalem post:

""Very senior and experienced military personnel report that the UN position was hit by a precision-guided missile. This attack comes at a time when the international community is in discussions with countries about donating troops to form a new force [to send to south Lebanon]. This attack plays very badly into that.

At the same time as donor countries have to justify to their electorate the idea of sending their sons to this region to put their lives on the line, Israel blows up a UN observation position and kills four of its personnel," the source said, adding that Israel was "shooting itself in the foot, and sending a very bad signal" to the international community. "

Fruit Loops anyone?
Come on, so theres an Israeli conspiracy, in which Israel has targetted a UNTSO post in a attempt to have the UN have recruiting problems to man the positions, of the Posts that Israel don't really want, or rather would prefer to be filled by more technically competant NATO troops who will act. [rather than sell petrol on the black market.] What a whopper!

In the Country where turning your
car ignition key can be your last action...

But Hizbollah don't have the ability to drop this type of bomb. Who said anything about dropping a bomb, whats wrong with wiring one up? Are you worried about the evidence remaining?

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In the Country where turning your
car ignition key can be your last action...

Ms Chidiac's Range Rover, there has be strong speculation that Syrian or Iranian espionage is the main culprit of the vast number of targeted car bombings in Lebanon.

How about, some Iranian elite soldiers, who have the experience and expertise have fired a I.D.F. shell/bomb/rocket at the UNTSO post to save their organisation Hezbollah from being utterly defeated.

Dont tell me Iranian operatives in Lebanon couldn't get access to almost any armament they would want.

In the pull out of 2000 the IDF and the SLA left vast quantites of munitions by the roadside in their haste to extract themselves from the lebanese quagmire.

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This is an example of the broad range of armaments
available after the 2000 withdrawal[1]

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This is another example of the broad range of armaments
available after the 2000 withdrawal [2]

A Captured Israeli APC from the Lebaanon conflict.[3]

According to the Jerusalem Post Kofi Annan is quoted as saying:

"Israel appeared to have struck the site deliberately. "

A Mistake Made
Jerusalem Post then went on to quote Olmert who said the peacekeepers were killed mistakenly and expressed dismay over Annan's accusation, according to a statement by Olmert's office. The prime minister promised a thorough investigation and said the results would be presented to Annan.

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Its a Disgrace this Man has said Israel
has deliberately struck the U.N. post

This is another clear example Of Kofi Annan pre judging and making horrirfying statements that Israel had deliberately targeted the UN post.

Deep Regret
Israel's UN Ambassador Dan Gillerman expressed his "deep regret" for the deaths and denied Israel hit the post intentionally.
"I am shocked and deeply distressed by the hasty statement of the secretary-general, insinuating that Israel has deliberately targeted the UN post," he said, calling the assertions "premature and erroneous."

How Dare he!

Why does the world allow the Secretary General of the U.N. to make these unqualified remarks? Remarks that even when lated refuted, can't be undone for the damage they cause at the time?

Kofi Annan has continually exposed himself to be anti Israeli and unfit for the position he holds.Its time the Secretary General is held to account for his lack of control and tendency to make poorly informed hasty statements.

Kofi Annan needs to remember he is the U.N. Secretary General, not some hack reporter busting for a scoop out of some third rate newspaper.

The IDF Deeply Regrets
The Israel Defense Force said it deeply regreted the 'tragic death' of the UN personnel and have began investigating the incident.

According to the Jerusalem Post the bomb made a direct hit on the Building and shelter of the observer post in the town of Khiyam near the eastern end of the border with Israel, said Milos Struger, spokesman for the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon known as UNTSO.

U.N. post with 4 countries represented.
The victims included observers from Austria, Canada, China and Finland, UN and Lebanese military officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information to the media.

Kofi Pot or Lost the Plot?
So looking at Kofi Annan's accusation, Israel has deliberately sent a smart guided missile/bomb to a U.N. post that has at least 4 different countries represented at the post. I don't belief Israel doesn't know what countries were represented there for a second......and I dont believe that Hezboolah didn't know either!!

So a third party, U.N. post, full of Multi National forces, and Israel aimed for it. Why? For what reason? The Profile is perfect for a world wide condemnation. Perfect for stoping Israel's Military actions in their tracks, if the claim appears true.

Hezbollah Misses U.N. Post
We have already had missiles fired from the Lebanon side across Israeli territory that appeared to land very close to a U.N. post. A bit of range finding?

Even the report of the incident mentions that there were numerous incidents before and during were shelling/bombs/rockets were fired. I will just have an amazing guess that the number of sheels/bombs/missiles dont tally from the Israel side.

Iran and Syria
It has only just been absolutely confirmed that operatives fromm Iran are working with Hezbollah. the iranian armed forces have a fair deeper capability that Hezbollah. We have already seen this with the attack on the Israeli Ship.

The Revolutionary Guards
The Iranians have specially trained commandoes and agents who are more than capable of organising the delivery of munitions at the U.N. post. Even if the the post ends up apparently being targeted by a 'Smart guided' missile that Iran nor Hezbollah would have not been able to get their hands on, this would not automatically mean it wasn't a sub versive action.

The Iranians are far more advanced than Hezbollah and it is certainly not out of the question that fragments of an Exotic Israeli Missile may have been packed in a more generically available Israeli Missile or shell or explosive device.

Israel has been experiencing the more deadly shrapnel filled rockets that have come from Iran. As information is scarce, it is had to formulate possible scenarios, but the possibility of it being a I.E.D. [improvised explosive device]which was smuggled into the compound cannot be discounted. This would make accurtate delivery far easier and also allow for the placement of fragments within the explosive charges. Iran has enough sophistication to easily have done this attack.

Stating the obvious I somehow don't think there would be a short supply of shrapnel fragments from Israeli bombs in Southern Lebanon.

All's Fair?
Israel is facing the combined resources of Three Countries/organisations Operatives.
Israel is both morally obligated and legally obligated to respect the Geneva Convention. Israel is battling a terrorists group which is supported both openly and covertly by the Lebanese Government and both the Iranian and Syrian Governments.

Every time Israel makes the slightest mistake, the world condemns Israel, yet Israel is fighting a Terrorist Organisation that breaches every international law. When is Hezbollah and its many breaches of the Geneva convention going to be headlined to the world.

Denounce Hezbollah
Why Kofi Annan to you not denounce the practice of the Hezbollah in using Civilians and civilian infrastructure to hide from Israel. When Kofi Annan are you going to address the serious international laws broken continual by Hezbollah.

Is it a co incidence that an action which bares similar features to the cessation of military action in Lebanon last time has happened again? Right when Hezbollah is incurring serious casualties and advising its fighters to avoid direct confrontations.

Guerrilla warfare is the scourge of the World, it causes untold suffering on civilians, it should be a red flag to any organisation that respects International law. The Lebanese Government has given Hezbollah the legitimacy they crave, yet doesn't demand Hezbollah act accordingingly.

When considering the likely motivations, behind this event, it is important to consider who gains from this appaling 'accident'.

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You might recognise the emblem of the
Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps,
for some obscure reason it looks vaguely familiar.


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indicating UN posts as of July 2006


Fresh Bagels, Fresh News and a Fresh outlook

Click the Map to see a larger Close up map of Khiam
the locale of where the UN post was hit

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A file Photo of UNTSO Khiam with a
helicopter coming in taken in 2003.

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Intense bombardment of the Khiam area

Some of the News sites are reporting that:

"the Israelis have now confirmed that they did fire on the UN site. "

I Hope this isn't another case of quickly accepting responsibility.

If it is Israels fault, theres no doubt in my mind that it will come out as a tragic accident.

News is coming in from various sources and blogs that it appears that Hizbullah were actively using the UN post as cover whilst firing of rockets. [Hattip LGF]

One of the (assumed) Victims of the explosion, Canadian Major Hess-von Kruedener, which I've already included quite a few articles about, one in particular describing the situation only weeks ago, is now being quoted by a fellow Canadian Retired Major General Lewis Mackenzie.

Retired Canadian Major General Lewis Mackenzie was interviewed on CBC radio, and had some very interesting news about the UN observer post hit by Israeli shells; the (Missing) Canadian peacekeeper there had previously emailed Mackenzie telling him that Hizballah was using their post as cover.

Have a listen to this extract of the interview in quicktime format click play to hear it.

in seeing through
the Haze that surrounds
this tragedy

"We received emails from him a few days ago, and he was describing the fact that he was taking fire within, in one case, three meters of his position for tactical necessity, not being targeted. Now that's veiled speech in the military. What he was telling us was Hezbollah soldiers were all over his position and the IDF were targeting them. And that's a favorite trick by people who don't have representation in the UN. They use the UN as shields knowing that they can't be punished for it."

If this new information proves correct, then it cast serious doubts on the abilty of the UNTSO given its current powers, in observing and enforcing the Blue Line.

A Recent report from the Canadian Major based at the U.N. Post
Even the Major Hess-von Kruedener himself reported in a news article[dated 26th July] that:

"What I can tell you is this: we have on a daily basis had numerous occasions where our position has come under direct or indirect fire from both artillery and aerial bombing. The closest artillery has landed within 2 meters of our position and the closest 1000 lb aerial bomb has landed 100 meters from our patrol base. This has not been deliberate targeting, but has rather been due to tactical necessity.

I thank you for the opportunity to provide you with some information from the front lines here in south Lebanon.

Maj Hess-von Kruedener"

A History of UN's inaction
Israel has had a history of discord with the U.N. over the U.N.'s unwillingness to not react in situations where breaches of the U.N. Mandate could easily have been policed.

Who can forget the example several years earlier, when the Hezbollah disguised as U.N. border guards kidnapped the Israeli Soldiers. [An event which in all likelyhood has probably encouraged Hezbollah in the lastest kidnapping.]

Despite the U.N. actually observing this happening, and despite having Video of the incident, the U.N. chose to:

1. Not do any thing to save the Israeli soldiers from being attacked and kidnapped

2. To deny for approxiamately 9 months that any video actually existed. [If the video had been presented quickly, it may have ensure the soldiers safety]

3. Allow themselves under threat of weapons to be bullied into giving the Hezbollah back the 2 cars they had used, which were under U.N. protection as vital pieces of evidence. This happened 1 day after the incident and after Lebanese Government had tried to take possesion of the vehicles the previous day, in which the U.N. had refused.

If the use of the U.N. Post as cover is true, and the U.N. administration has been informed of this practice, then Kofi Annan has a lot to answer for. It is his very in action in not confronting the Lebanese government and Hezbollah in the use of the U.N post as cover which has contributed substantially to this tragedy.

We hope you are Judged, as quickly as you Judge, Israel Kofi Annan!

Hezbollah a law unto themselves

When is the world going to react with outrage of the continued violations of the Geneva Convention by Hezbollah?

They hide amongst civilians, they refuse to readly distinguish themselves from the civilian population, they refuse to respect international law, they use civilians as cover, they transport their munitions via private vehicles, they appeared to have used the U.N. post as cover, they have previously represented themselves as U.N. peace keepers and commited War Crimes.

The absolute Coawardice of Hezbollah, in hiding within the civilian population has caused casualities with the Lebanese Civilian population and with the I.D.F. who are exposed even further by not being able to retailiate against the Hizbollah attacks.

The IDF is stuck between not inflicting injuries on the Civilian populace whilst at the same time having Hezbollah fire at them under the cover of civilians.

The Hezbollah are currently being accused of operating out of Civilian Homes and even a Mosque as recently as yesterday.

Where's the World's Out Rage Now?

A Terrible tragedy

A Canadian Perspective

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Major Hess-von Kruedener from Canada.

Their is a fairly heart rendering report he filed in a Canadian Newspaper just recently which is here: CTV.ca A Canadian soldier's report from South Lebanon

A report on the missing Canadian Major Paeta Hess von Kruedener is here:
Soldier missing at UN border post, presumed dead

For a Canadian perspective of what appears to be a tragic mistake:

GlobeandMailworld: Harper says he doubts fatal UN blast was deliberate
An Austrian Perspective

Austrian feared dead in bombing
An Finnish Perspective
Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja said "It is not the first time that they (U.N. peace keepers) have been attacked, but it is the first time they have been killed." Mr Tuomioja continued "These so called precision attacks seem to be hitting everyone except Hizbollah, there have been hundreds of civilians, international workers and others killed already and it does not seem that by these means a military solution could be achieved."

A Chinese Perspective

The Name of one of the deceased Chinese U.N. observer has been published.

The U.N. observers name was Du Zhaoyu
Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said "China urges the sides concerned, especially Israel, to take tangible measures to ensure the security of UN peacekeepers"

Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Zhai Jun told Israeli Ambassador Yehoyada Haim "China strongly condemns the activity to raid the UN peacekeeping post and urges Israel to carry out a thorough investigation and apologize to China and the victim's families, and coordinate with China to deal with the aftermath"

The Chinese victim, named Du Zhaoyu, was a Lieutenant Colonel of the Chinese People's Liberation Army. He has been in Lebanon as a UN observer since January.

China UN observer killed in air strike

More information of the site and type of explosion, needs to be gained before any one leaps to a conclusion.

As this important event is developing as we speak this article is being developed/edited progressively.

If you have any information or perspective feel free to send them to me.

regards Bagel Blogger.

Jerusalem Post:UN: Precision missiles hit UNTSO post
ABC News International: 4 Killed When Israeli Bomb Hits U.N. Post
MSN NBC: U.N. official: 4 peacekeepers killed in Lebanon
The Geneva Convention: The Laws of Land Warfare
WRAL: Olmert Regretful Over UN Observers Deaths


Wednesday, 26 July 2006

Bombs Falling from the Ground, The Law of Physics, and other Laws being Broken

4 Killed When Israeli Bomb Hits U.N. Post
Fighting an Enemy that breaks all the Rules

BEIRUT, Lebanon Jul 25, 2006 (AP) : A U.N. observer post was hit by an Israeli airstrike in south Lebanon Tuesday, killing four peacekeepers, U.N. officials said.

A bomb directly hit the building and shelter of an Indian patrol base from the observer force in the town of Khiyam near the eastern end of the border with Israel, said Milos Struger, spokesman for the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon known as UNIFIL.

U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said in New York that the Security Council was informed that four officers with UNIFIL were killed, but he had no other information.
"We're obviously very sorry," Boltin said. "We're attempting to get information where we can to confirm the nature of the incident."

Struger also said there were 14 other incidents of firing close to this position from the Israeli side Tuesday afternoon. "The firing continued even during the rescue operation," he said.

Since Israel launched a massive military offensive against Lebanon and Hezbollah guerrillas July 12, an international civilian employee working with UNIFIL and his wife have been killed in the crossfire between Israeli forces and Hezbollah guerrillas in the southern port city of Tyre.

Five UNIFIL soldiers and one military observer have also been wounded, Struger said.

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Bagel Blogger commentary:

This latest accident is a timely reminder of how horrific war can be. People die. People get terribly injured. On both sides.

While the media has been quick to claim who was responsible, they have been very slow to point the finger the other way, when it comes to Hizbollah and some of its latest actions.

Hizbollah, breaching international law
The very fact Hizbollah are advising their fighters not to engage directly with Israeli forces now, suggests strongly that they are hiding amongst the civilian population. The Geneva convention prohibits the targeting of civilians, it also has quite a bit to say about the appropiate dress of combatants.

Where exactly are these combatants going?, when they stop 'directly engaging',..[stop directly engaging], doublespeak for hiding amongst civilians and then using this as a means to attack Israel.

Where's the International outrage?

Being held to account
If Israel is being held to account for civilian casualties, why isn't Hisbollah being held to account for its direct breaches of International Law with regards to the Geneva convention?? These very breaches which directly cause civilians to become embroiled in the conflict.

When is Hizbollah going to be held accountable, when is the World and the U.N. going to hold Hizbollah accountable?

Where Civilians were Militants yesterday,
and Militants are Civilians today.

As the war intensifies, Hizbollah hides more and more within the civilian population. We have all seen the photos of civilian men, elderly men, women celebrating, firing guns into the air when the Israeli soldiers were killed and kidnapped, don't think for a second, despite the lack of uniform that some of these 'innocent' civilians wouldn't try shoting the odd Israeli soldier if given half the chance.

Quoting from the ABC article we read:

"Since Israel launched a massive military offensive against Lebanon and Hezbollah guerrillas July 12, an international civilian employee working with UNIFIL and his wife have been killed in the crossfire between Israeli forces and Hezbollah guerrillas in the southern port city of Tyre. Five UNIFIL soldiers and one military observer have also been wounded, Struger said."

The heat of Battle
In the heat of battle, with Kaos all around, who has most to gain, if UNIFIL soldiers are hit and killed?

Certainly not Israel; "an international civilian employee working with UNIFIL and his wife have been killed in the crossfire between Israeli forces and Hezbollah guerrillas in the southern port city of Tyre."

Why is it that is was: "crossfire between Israeli forces and Hezbollah guerrillas" why isn't it between Hezbollah guerrillas and Israeli forces ?

So reading that punch line again:
"an international civilian employee working with UNIFIL and his wife have been killed in the crossfire between Hezbollah guerrillas and Israeli forces in the southern port city of Tyre."

Sounds a bit different?

Room Service please...
But then with bombs falling all around you, watching the reports back in your hotel room, its hard to be accurate, writing, and it sounds so much better when Israel is at fault.

Hizbollah, Desperate Actions..?
Despite the Rhetoric, right now Hizbollah would do anything to have Israel's attack halted. This would include doing something that would outrage the world, as long as initially it appeared it was Israels fault, and that Hizbollah were the innocent party.

Quickest way to end this war ?
The quickest way for this war to come to an end, [apart from just releasing the hostages,,..?!!] is to have 'innocents' bombed, especially third party innocents like 'reporters or U.N. officials or even better 'other nationalities' trying to escape.

In the Country where turning your
car ignition key can be your last action...
But Hizbollah don't have the ability to drop this type of bomb. Who said anything about dropping a bomb, whats wrong with wiring one up? Are you worried about the evidence remaining?

Bombs falling from the Ground

If that 'terrible accident' happens, and all the other bombs were 250 metres away , don't look just up at the sky, look around at ground level as well.


ABC News International: 4 Killed When Israeli Bomb Hits U.N. Post
MSN NBC: U.N. official: 4 peacekeepers killed in Lebanon

The Geneva Convention: The Laws of Land Warfare

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Incredible peace initiative: Israel and the Palestinians

Ground breaking News.
A new peace initiative has been proposed by an Israeli soldier, and it seems to have caught on with the Palestinians.

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I.D.F. Soldiers having fun, This is Funny!

Funny Video.
Good to see some IDF Soldiers, who we owe so much, in a more light hearted moment.

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Inspirational IDF video of our Soldiers

To those we owe so much.
Every time you take a breath in Israel
Remember why you can.
An Inspirational IDF video of our Soldiers.

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Inspirational IDF video of our Soldiers

To those we owe so much.
Every time you take a breath in Israel
Remember why you can.
An Inspirational IDF video of our Soldiers.

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Tuesday, 25 July 2006

An Australian Perspective, Slow road to diplomacy

An Australian Perspective: Slow road to diplomacy
Reporting in Australia

AS US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice flew to the Middle East yesterday expectations were low that diplomacy would deliver a swift halt to the war between Israel and Hezbollah.

Prime Minister John Howard said Australia would consider any requests to send peacekeepers to the troubled region but warned the conflict would continue while Israel was attacked.

"There will not be a solution to this conflict until every part of the Arab world accepts the right of Israel to exist," Mr Howard said.

The US resisted calls for an immediate ceasefire, saying the cessation of hostilities has to address the root causes of the conflict, which Washington blames on Hezbollah and its allies, Syria and Iran.

Israel said it would back a temporary international force in southern Lebanon to ensure Hezbollah is removed from the border and to take control of Lebanon's border-crossing with Syria.

Dr Rice is set to meet Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, before discussing the crisis with European and Arab officials meeting in Rome on Wednesday.

She is not expected to meet officials from Syria or Hezbollah during her visit.


Re: Mosque Basement
With absolutely no disrespect to the 'Religion of Peace' , why is it when questioned about the Mosque, officials claimed that the 'under construction' Mosque's basement was 'only full of Korans and Prayer mats', is this usual practice to fill the basement with Korans whilst it is still under construction? Wouldn't that in itself be disrespectful, or are we just being given another version of convient Hizbollah reporting?

The outrage, it was full of Korans, covered in dust and laying idly when they could have been put to use somewhere else....

I do wonder what the basement was actually full of, but I know what the Mosque official was full of.

Daily Telegraph: Slow road to diplomacy

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Sunday, 23 July 2006

More Norwegian aid to Lebanon and Gaza

Strangely Familiar or Familiarly Strange?

The Norwegian Government has granted another NOK 200 million in humanitarian aid to Lebanon and Gaza. This comes in addition to NOK 100 million allocated last Saturday. - The international society must rally, and quickly, says Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.

Stoltenberg has this week been in contact with both Lebanon's president Fuad Siniora, and the Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.

Both asked Norway for further funds to lessen the sufferings of the civilian population. An increasing number of Lebanese is now without water, food and medicines.

The Norwegian Prime Minister underlines that the humanitarian situation for the Lebanese people is dramatic and that it may develop into an extensive and long-lasting crisis, and that the Lebanese for years to come will suffer from the effects of today's destructions.

The Prime Minister also draws attention to the many Palestinians who are living under inhuman conditions.


Norway Post:
More Norwegian aid to Lebanon and Gaza
by Rolleiv Solholm

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MUST SEE GAME Nasrallah takes a few too many blows and sees Rockets

Give it Back to Nasrallah!

This game is definitely a good stress relief
but it does have Strong depictions of violence.

Adults,Mature Ages 15+,
Please view with parental discretion
and prior to showing your children.

O.K. Shall we begin?

Go on, Say hello to the nice friendly Nasrallah
Here he is, your friend and mine Nasrallah the Rat.
Now once again this is definitely an older persons game,
it is funny, but the Ambulance certainly comes in handy.

[if you'd like to play the game rather than listen to me]
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Ok Lets see to start both gloves 1,2
arr 3,4 what the heck 5,6

Left glove now, pow!

and heres a double right!

and another left!

Hey was that a dodge?
Or are you just falling over?
Lets see POW!

Ok, so you need a few more reminders
why you should have stayed in Iran

Could say that was out of left field!
Now one for each katushya you've fired!

.......5 minutes later, umm time
for an Ambulance break.

OK time to work out a little lets use the Dumb bell,
oh and this weight here as well.
This isn't going to be pretty folks!

What the heck, one for each time you've hurt a Jew

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Enjoy Mr Bagel

[Normally profound apologies for the violence but...]

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New Game: Bomb Nasrallah's H.Q.

07:14 Intelligence comes in that a triple confirmed sighting
has located target Nasrallah. The F16 is waitiing.

Commence Mission on Nasrallah

Are you up to the Job?

Drop a bomb on Nasrallah

In this game , based on Google maps,
you must send the Air Force's F16 planes to the right range
to bomb Nasrallah's head as it appears on the map.
It's not easy. Hint: You must gamble.

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U.S. rushes precision-guided bombs to Israel


Report: U.S. rushes precision-guided bombs to Israel
[N.Y.Times - Reuters]

The Bush administration is rushing a delivery of precision-guided bombs to Israel, which requested the expedited shipment last week after beginning its air campaign against Hezbollah targets in Lebanon, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

Citing U.S. officials who spoke on Friday on condition of anonymity, the Times said the decision to ship the weapons quickly came after relatively little debate within the administration, and noted in its report that its disclosure threatens to anger Arab governments and others who could perceive Washington as aiding Israel in the manner that Iran has armed Hezbollah.

The munitions are actually part of a multimillion-dollar arms-sale package approved last year which Israel is able to tap when it needs to, the officials told the Times. But some military officers said the request for expedited delivery was unusual and indicated that Israel has many targets it plans to hit in Lebanon.

The arms shipment has not been announced publicly. The officials who described the administration's decision to rush the munitions included employees of two government agencies, one of whom described the shipment as just one example of a broad array of armaments that the United States has long provided Israel, the Times said.

Pentagon and military officials declined to describe in detail the size and contents of the shipment to Israel, the newspaper said, and they would not say whether the munitions were being shipped by cargo aircraft or some other means. But one U.S. official said the shipment should not be compared to the kind of an "emergency resupply" of dwindling Israeli stockpiles that was provided during the Yom Kippur War, according to the Times report.

A spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington told the Times: "We have been using precision-guided munitions in order to neutralize the military capabilities of Hezbollah and to minimize harm to civilians. As a rule, however, we do not comment on Israel's defense acquisitions."

Thanks for the information N.Y. Times
Can you tell us when its being sent, how and where it will arrive, and if there's any chance of terrorist interrupting the shipment? We're all cashed up now with illegitimate funds, since you revealed how we should distribute money around the globe.

Lets look at these 'precision - guided bombs'
A response.

It is absolutely disgraceful that the U.S. is sending Israel Millions of dollars of precision guided bombs!

I can't believe that Israel would be so low as to spend millions to acquire these high precision bombs!

Why not use the cheaper inaccurate bombs they have? That's what budget conscious Hezbollah does, why spend thousands per bomb to avoid civilians, when you can rely on incredibly inaccurate bombs that fall any where and terrorize the civilian population.

12 Days of intensive targeted bombing and Israel has only just started to get to the Mortality rate of what Hezbollah did when they killed the U.S. Marines in Lebanon in 1983. Or the bombing of innocent Jewish Civilians in Argentina that caused almost 400 deaths and injuries.

Hezbollah you murdered 241 Marines in 10 seconds, you haven't even seen fury yet.
Don't even compare the absolute evil of Hezbollah.
Wars are dangerous, people die, Israel would much rather prefer to be peaceful.

Israel does everything practical to avoid civilian casualties, I don't remember a leaflet drop for the Marines? Or the Argentine Jewish civilians? Or just before a suicide bomber?

Unlike Hezbollah, Israel does everything practical to avoid innocent civilian lives.

  • Which of the two hide their rockets amongst the civilian population?

  • Which of the two position their rockets amongst the civilian population?

  • Which of the two fire their rockets amongst the civilian population?

  • Which of the two hide amongst the civilian population?

  • Which of the two try to appear as the civilian population?

  • Which of the two use civilian utilities/pick ups and vans to transport missiles amongst the civilian population?

  • Which of the two use the civilian population as shields?

  • Which of the two deliberately target the civilian population?

  • Which of the two don't have weapons that have any ability to avoid the civilian population?

  • We have seen what happens when Israel tries to be peaceful, Israel is seen as weak.

    Why spend millions on precision targeted bombs, if you are trying to hit civilians?

    No person of any sophistication buys that Israel is deliberately targeting civilians.

    We know who the indiscriminate murderers really are.

    As for 'Proportional Response', Israel would have far greater casualties if the state of Israel and its citizens didn't build bomb shelters.

    Since when was War Fair? Should we start wearing red Jackets and bright buttons? Theres nothing fair about War, and the truth of the matter is Israel would not exist, if Israel didn't look after its own interests. Almost every state around Israel at one time or another has declared their ambition to absolutely destroy Israel.

    Proportional? Like the previous Proportional Prisoner exchanges?
    Like the proposed initial prisoner exchange? Release a thousand Murderers and we'll give you information?

    Which of those countries that are complaining about proportional response would enter into an agreement like this? The answer None! So were was the world condemnation when it was proposed? Pardon? Thats right, its only the Jews.

    I'm sorry should Israel apologise for its foresight in building bomb shelters?
    Profound insight required there, [1948 to 2006 How many Wars?].

    Or maybe we should stand outside in the open waiting for Katushyas so the War is fairer?

    US rushes precision-guided bombs to Israel: NYTimes

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