from the French by Llewellyn Brown
On December 29 2009, we published a photographic
scoop showing, at a few meters’ distance from the Israeli border, on the
Lebanese side, this picture of a permanent base of the UNIFIL (United Nations
Interim Force in Lebanon) [See (in French) Le poids des mots, les
photos du déshonneur].
It shows two UN tanks as well as a sentry box,
topped by a Hezbollah flag, a portrait of the movement’s leader, Hassan
Nasrallah, and a smaller photograph, showing the military funeral of an Israeli
parachutist killed by the Lebanese shi’ah militia.
Superimposed on the image of the funeral we see
the Arabic inscription: “Khitman ila zawal”,
which means in English : “YOUR EXTERMINATION IS
It seems that people at the UN were more
troubled by the Ména’s article than the entire media’s editorial staff; our
fellow journalists welcomed our revelation with deafening silence.
Indeed, while walking this morning with Nihya (my
girl) and Taz (our Boxer) in the Metula orchids, opposite the UN position, I
noticed that the UNIFIL base, which had been positioned there for many months,
had quite simply… um… disappeared.
The UNIFIL position this Friday morning
Ilan Tsadik, © Metula News Agency)
We can notice that the Hezbollah flag – a green
hand holding a Kalashnikov – is no longer there either. We do not know who
The Ména’s December scoop caused some work for
the United Nations soldiers: not only did they have to dismantle the sentry box
and remove it elsewhere, which, I agree, is not a labor for Hercules, but they
also packed up the barrels that protected it.
They are the green barrels filled with sand that
we can distinguish on the first photograph of this article, intended to secure
the occupants of the white sentry box against an eventual attack using a
vehicle. They are much heavier to shift.
But there is no question of the valiant warriors
taking down the picture of Nasrallah, with his call for our genocide. The
comrades are courageous but not foolhardy. I remind them however that they are
“peacekeeping” soldiers, and that a call for a new holocaust does not exactly
constitute a peaceful message.
It is true that their mission, based on
resolution 1701 of the Security Council, also provides for the disarming of
Hezbollah and the control of the borders, around the complete perimeter of
Lebanon, in order to prevent the importing of arms and munitions for the
In reality, Hezbollah is transforming, with
complete impunity, each shi’ah village of southern Lebanon into a fortified
bastion, surrounded by as many human shields as there are inhabitants in the
built-up area concerned.
It is now that Goldstone should come and have a
look: when the area is strewn with corpses, it will be of no use.
As regards the smuggling of arms from Syria,
UNIFIL has not even attempted to oppose it. The influx of arms has transformed
the country of cedars’ legal government into a simple observer, with Iran as
the real master, with the consequence that a conflict at their initiative seems
In these conditions we can only consider the
dismantling of the UNIFIL position as excellent publicity for the Metula News
Agency. Our readers can thus be reassured that we are not superfluous, that
everyone is influenced by our work, and that those whose subscriptions are not
up to date would be well advised not to wait for the next conflict.
Many warm thanks from Ilan to our publicity
agent Ban Ki-Moon, who also happens to be the UN’s Secretary-General, our best
public relations mouthpiece!
So, the soldiers of the international contingent
have broken camp. But on looking a little closer I realized…
(Photo by Ilan Tsadik, © Metula News Agency)
that these intrepid nowadays Richard the Lionheart had
only moved a small distance away (about fifty paces) from Hassan Nasrallah and
his calls for our collective assassination: it is simply a matter of remaining
The rogues have hidden themselves among the
olive trees, in order to conceal their presence from the abominable
photographic attacks of the Ména and their Canon cameras.
If they had had the intention of camouflaging
themselves from the eyes and the Kalashnikovs of Allah’s madmen, they would
have hidden themselves on the other side of the trees. That is obvious to
But it is not so easy to deceive the eagle eye
of Ilan Tsadik, who has been accustomed since infancy to unmasking those who
attempt to fade into the scenery. What is more, our alert readers – who are the
best, the ones the entire profession envies us – will have noticed, even before
I draw their attention to it, that the white object that I immortalize in the
fronds is none other than the rear of the vehicle on the right of the December
photograph (or a tank of the same model).
But what good is it taking pains to try to avoid
my attention, when, less than 500 yards from there, another UNIFIL tank is
standing on guard (but against whom?) under another poster of the shi’ah
militia, topped by its banner that this time is waving in the wind?
At the summit
of a small pass, four peacekeeping soldiers are calmly chatting, with no idea
of the danger, under the slogan “Nakhnou almofajaat!”, literally: WE
WILL SURPRISE YOU!
(Photo by Ilan Tsadik, © Metula News Agency)
It is intended for us, but it could well concern
them too, if they forget for one minute the 1983 Beirut
barracks bombing, perpetrated by the same Hezbollah, and which cost the
lives of 58 French parachutists.
Before I leave you, temporarily, I must add that
the UNIFIL soldiers are innocent of these acts of cowardice. In spite of my
natural impishness, I wish to avoid stigmatizing the persons who are not
responsible for the matter I am speaking of.
They strictly execute the orders that are
delivered on a political level. Not only at Manhattan, at the UN head offices,
but also at the head of the nations that provide troops for the international
Those who believed that their mission was
dictated by the resolutions of the Security Council are victims of their
naivety. But then, it is necessary to add that these soldiers are not soldiers
of the United Nations even though they wear its uniform.
And Israel was cheated when it accepted to end
its operation in Lebanon in 2006, after the assassination of eight of our boys
by the Hezb, in return for promises by the permanent members of the Security
Council – not the least of which was France, the instigator of 1701 – to
enforce the terms of this resolution.
Michaël Béhé in Beirut, to whom I presented a
preview of this small report, considers that the betrayal of 1701 costs him
much more than that, as it is a matter of the independence of his country, of
the liberty and security of himself, his family and his friends.
He informed me that he would shortly speak about
it to our readers in a forthcoming article. An article that should not be
 The photographs we have taken had to be
considerably reduced in order to be published for the agency’s readers and appear
on the Ména’s web site.