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Sunday, July 23, 2006 


A pair of fine upstanding Freepers have helpfully ridden in to reinforce Robert Fisk's claim about Israeli propaganda directed against Irishbatt:
"Finally, Israel’s move against Hezbollah has revealed one of the reasons behind every one’s frustration in the region of South Lebanon. The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon - known by its acronym Unifil—has a long history of ineptitude, laxity and corruption.

"They are barely able to take care of themselves," said Timur Goksel of the UN peacekeepers. "How can you expect them to do their work?"

The blue-helmeted UN soldiers included a poorly trained and undisciplined Irish brigade.

The Irish UN troops were jokingly referred to as the "whisky army", and Israeli-backed Christian militiamen - known by the Unifil acronym LAUIs (Lebanese armed and uniformed by Israel) – countered any effort by the Irish troops to stray far from their base at Camp Shamrock."
He's wrong on everything, even the plausible-sounding claim about the title of the Christian Phalangist militias. (They were known universally to Irish peacekeepers as "DFF" - i.e. De Facto Forces)

"Libel"-Richard Waghorne
"Attack blog"-Damien Mulley

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