by Felix Quigley
July 20, 2008
More on the recent prisoner release which highlights the role of Livni, Barak and Olmert in agreeing to the UN troops coming in to police Southern Lebanon. As the coffins of the Hizbullah cavalcade passed by UN soldiers believed to be Italian saluted and a picture has emerged of same.
Israel National News has the report:
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U.N. Soldiers Saluted Coffins of Hizbullah Terrorists
Israel has protested the action of two United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) soldiers who were photographed by the Associated Press while saluting coffins of Hizbullah terrorists freed by Israel.
UNIFIL is mandated to patrol southern Lebanon and prevent Hizbullah from re-arming. Its original mandate also calls on them to disarm the terrorist organization, but UNIFIL officers said at the outset of their mission they would not try to carry out the orders.
The photograph shows the soldiers saluting the coffins, which passed through the coastal city of Tyre and bore a large image of Hizbullah mastermind terrorist Imad Mughibyeh, who was assassinated in Syria earlier this year.
Outgoing Israel Ambassador to the U.N. Dan Gillerman said he was “shocked and horrified” by the photograph. “I think this is a very tragic and sad day for the United Nations when its soldiers who were sent there because of Hizbullah terrorist activities salute the terrorists and the killers,” Gillerman said. He urged the U.N. to return the soldiers to their home countries because they “compromised the integrity of the United Nations.” The soldiers’ identifies were not confirmed, but one report said they are from Italy.
However, a UNIFIL spokeswoman said the soldiers routinely salute all coffins that are draped with Lebanese national flags. Another spokesman, Farhan Haq, told Fox News that the peacekeeping force “is an impartial source; it doesn’t show a bias for either side.”
Israel released the bodies of 199 dead terrorists as well as 5 living terrorists, including child murderer Samir Kuntar, in exchange for the bodies of kidnapped and murdered IDF reservists Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, who were returned to their families on Wednesday.
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Note the pattern in this. British and US Imperialism along with Livni sold this on the basis that the UN would disarm Hizbullah. Countries like Spain, France and Italy refused to disarm Hizbullah. Nothing was said and Hizbullah has recently been helped to become the key force in the Lebanese Parliament thanks to US Imperialism. Now they salute the Hizbullah and UN officials above defends them.