OK, then, let's not get all bent out of shape:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Wednesday he doubts that the fatal bombing of a United Nations observer post in southern Lebanon, killing a Canadian soldier, was a deliberate act. He called for an investigation on why that attack happened.
So, on the one hand, the Israelis are doing everything they can to minimize civilian casualties, based on the unerring, pinpoint, surgical precision of their attacks. On the other hand, when they fuck up on this scale, well, accidents happen but, hey, don't have a cow, man.
It's a good thing conservatives are utterly clueless regarding logic. Otherwise, I'm sure some of them would be confused right about now.
AFTERSNARK: Dave over at TGB, being the meticulous chronicler that he is, fills in more of the details.
Backseat Blogger, on the other hand, should learn to think before typing, to minimize the subsequent embarrassment of posting very silly things.
PAY ATTENTION, DAMN IT, because I don't want to have to explain this again.
There are two issues here that some unfortunately clueless readers and linkers seem to be having trouble with. First, one does not have to, in any way, pass judgment on whether this attack was accidental or deliberate to recognize the overwhelming hypocrisy.
The Israelis are currently defending their bombardment of crowded civilian areas by claiming that they are being really, really, cross my heart and hope to die, careful and accurate so as to minimize civilian casualties. However, describing this latest clusterfuck as an "accident" of some kind means that those same Israeils now expect all of us to accept that they are hopelessly inept in terms of their ability to target the enemy so we should forgive them for it. If you don't understand the hypocrisy and inconsistency involved here, go back and read it again until you do. But that's not all.
There seems to be a groundswell of admiration for Prime Minister Butt-Kissing Suck-Up in that he is nobly withholding judgment until all the facts are in. Well, that's just ducky, except that's precisely what we don't need right now.
Given that we now have yet another Canadian who's died as a result of an Israeli attack, we don't need a spineless milksop who calmly states that he's going to give the killers the benefit of the doubt until he learns otherwise. Even while all those facts are still coming in, at this point we need someone who has the fucking balls to represent Canadians and, at the very least, make a phone call and demand to know what the fuck is going on here!!
You don't need all the facts to still be a little bit pissed, and you don't need every detail to still have the right to raise your voice a little bit and want to know just what the hell is happening and who's constantly screwing up, do you?
And I can only speculate that it can't be a real morale booster for Canadians in general to read that their fellow citizens are being killed by their supposed allies, and the best they can get out of that gutless, chickenshit prime minister of theirs is little more than, "Well, yes, we should wait until we get all the details, but I'm sure they didn't mean it, things happen, que sera sera and all that."
So far, at Canada's expense, Steve's gone to bat for the U.S. over softwood and for Israel over dead Canadians. One can only imagine how he's going to sell us out next. I should start a pool.