Somali officials and an eyewitness say African Union peacekeepers opened fire on civilian vehicles and fatally shot 18 people after an AU vehicle hit a land mine. AU spokesman Bahoku Barigye says peacekeepers were responding to gunfire and he does not know whom they hit. Mogadishu Deputy Mayor Abdifitah Ibrahim Shawey says the peacekeepers fired at three minibus taxis carrying civilians after the land mine damaged an AU vehicle in the Somali capital.
Personally, this is what I would call a disproportionate response but I would just like to point out that this incident passed yesterday without a word of protest or a voice issued in righteous indignation from our Canadian progressives for this 'response’ by peackeepers. If I were to hazard a guess as to why - I’d say it was because no Jews were involved – and you can bet there will be absolutely no international hue and cry for our man Daffy to ‘investigate’ African Union peacekeepers actions in Somali.