Sit, Hunker & Blame

July 21, 2006

Below is an excerpt from today's Ha'aretz. You gotta love the way these UN peacekeepers follow instructions to a tee:

1) SIT on the border;

2) HUNKER down if missiles fly by; and

3) BLAME the side you're least afraid of.

Oh, how we'll miss them if and when (please G-d) their term expires...

Excerpt from article entitled 16 hurt, 4 moderately, in Katyusha strike on Haifa:

Also Friday, a United Nations observation post just inside northern Israel was struck during fighting between Israel and Hezbollah militants.

The Israel Defense Forces said Hezbollah-fired rockets fell short of their targets in Israel and struck the post, but a UN officer said the facility was hit by an artillery shell fired by the IDF.

The UN officer, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, said an IDF shell "impacted a direct hit on the UN position overlooking [the Israeli border town of] Zarit." The post is part of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

The UN official said the facility was severely damaged but that none of the Ghanaian troops inside the bomb shelters were injured.

The mission of the UNIFIL force, currently at almost 2,000 military personnel and more than 300 civilians, is to patrol the border line, known as the Blue Line, drawn by the United Nations after Israel withdrew its troops from south Lebanon in 2000 after 18 years.

[Posted by R.S.]


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