UNIFIL - What The Fcuk?

#1
Now I know that it is very easy to have a pop at UN peacekeeping missions and their weak mandates, but with the best will in the world can anyone tell me what Unifil (United Nations Interim Force in the Lebabnon) has ever achieved?

Looking at their official website it costs $100 million a year to run. Is it just somewhere nice in the sun for Scandanavian troops to go now and then to top up their tan?

Edited: No chavvy TLAs here in MN HQ, please, Sir Sidders! :D
 
#2
Correct! Got it in one. It also provided a place where the UN could send its more corrupt and useless people so that while they could continue being useless and corrupt, no-one would care, unlike when they do the same in NY or Geneva (where there is as much if not more corruption, but is it done by cleverer people who do not get caught so often).
 
#3
Well that's certainly one view. I am trying to keep an open mind so anyone give me a good reason for their existence, ANY successes in the last 20 years?

PS sorry about the text speak, don't know what came over me
 
#4
well it got me a very unusual medal to wear in the 80's not many got that one, other than thta i dont think it achieved much, but i was just a puppet doing as i was told anyway
 
#5
Oh wow another UN slagging!

"well it got me a very unusual medal to wear in the 80's not many got that one, other than thta i dont think it achieved much, but i was just a puppet doing as i was told anyway"

Sounds like the UN that - just doing as it is told by all 100+ member states, but particularly a certain 5 of them.
 
#6
Stop sticking up for your employer Inf/MP!

We all know you want to join in the slagging but your boss has discovered this site and your real identity! :)
 
#7
Inf/MP I didn't start this as a UN slagging opportunity honest.

In light of recent events I am genuinely interested in knowing what value for money, if any, this mission has been and what measurable achievements have come of it to warrant such a budget over nearly 30 years
 
#9
Sir_Sidney_Ruff_Diamond said:
Now I know that it is very easy to have a pop at UN peacekeeping missions and their weak mandates, but with the best will in the world can anyone tell me what Unifil (United Nations Interim Force in the Lebabnon) has ever achieved?

Looking at their official website it costs $100 million a year to run. Is it just somewhere nice in the sun for Scandanavian troops to go now and then to top up their tan?

Edited: No chavvy TLAs here in MN HQ, please, Sir Sidders! :D
The UN singlehandedly keep the Irish Army in employment as all they do is UN Peacekeeping missions around the world which is just a pitiful existence for an equally pitiful army. No wonder any Irishmen worth their salt comes and joins the British Army!!
 
#10
It is just an observer mission what ever that means, Israel ignores it and on one occasion shelled its compound.And hezbollah etc ignore
and occasionally butcher members of it, utterly ineffectual :( .
 
#11
I got an UNIFIL towel of an Irish chick I was bangin in cyprus years ago.......... Fond memories........
 
#13
Cutsy said:
The UN singlehandedly keep the Irish Army in employment as all they do is UN Peacekeeping missions around the world which is just a pitiful existence for an equally pitiful army. No wonder any Irishmen worth their salt comes and joins the British Army!!
Served in the Irish Army have you? Thought not.

The Irish Defence Forces are 'pitiful' due to the actions of successive Irish governments, primarily those of the Fianna Fáil party whose predecessors in the anti-Treaty Old IRA lost the Irish Civil War to the then Free State Army - in short, their treatment of the Irish Army is payback (oh yes, I nearly forgot, the Republic of Ireland is 'neutral' apparently...). The Army 'held the line' in 1922-23, so if they never achieve anything else, they are to be commended for that.
 
#15
"The United Nations - just like the League of Nations, but....more corrupt, more bureaucratic, more full of useless time-servers, and with a greater capacity to get lots of people killed"
 
#16
Interesting: the UNIFIL entry on wikipedia has been edited recently:


ORIGINAL quoted by me in another blog on 17th July 2006


"UNIFIL forces have fallen out of favour in Israel and claims that little regard has been given to their safety by the IDF [1] following accusations that it was complicit in a fatal abduction of IDF soldiers in October 2000. Suspicions persist although the UN has published a report denying complicity[2], though they have yet to explain why they lied to Israel about the existence of video recording the kidnapping. Israel is lobbying for UNIFIL to either take a more active role vis-a-vis Hezbollah (for example, preventing Hezbollah from setting up military posts adjacent to UNIFIL's in the hope this will deter Israel from attacking them), or to step out of the region (thereby voiding the Lebanese government's excuse for not deploying its army along the border)"


TODAY


UNIFIL forces have fallen out of favour in Israel and claims that little regard has been given to their safety by the IDF [1] following accusations that it was complicit in a fatal abduction of IDF soldiers in October 2000. Suspicions persist although the UN has published a report denying complicity[2]. Prior to the hostilities of July 2006, Israel had been lobbying for UNIFIL to either take a more active role vis-a-vis Hezbollah (for example, preventing Hezbollah from setting up military posts adjacent to UNIFIL's in the hope this will deter Israel from attacking them), or to step out of the region (thereby voiding the Lebanese government's excuse for not deploying its army along the border) [3].

With the eruption of open warfare, UNIFIL's utility has been called into question over accusations that it has failed to fulfill the terms of its mandate. There is currently some debate over the need for a replacement UN Peacekeeping force. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has also asked the UN to enforce UN Resolution 1559, which calls for the disarmament of Hizbullah, as one of its prime considerations in accepting a cease-fire."




Well well well. The bit about the UN lying about the video of two IDF being killed has been removed.....also the fact that Hezbollah with Syrian Enginner help actually built many of their lookout posts with armoured glass etc next to UNIFIL posts to prevent IDF attacking them is not commonly reported by Al Beeb etc...

And they want a new UNIFIL? They're having a giraffe!
 

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