Rumors leaked of a videotape taken by three U.N. personnel the day after the abduction. The videotape was thought to contain footage of the Hezbollah terrorists in U.N. garb with U.N. equipment, stopping U.N. personnel from removing the U.N. vehicles used in the attack. After months of Israeli requests to see the unedited tape, the United Nations finally admitted that a tape did exist but refused to allow Israel to see it unedited. Instead, they blurred out the faces of the Hezbollah terrorists.
The strange behavior of the Israeli soldiers -- continuing to approach the fence even after being fired upon -- led senior Israeli security officials to develop a theory: Hezbollah must have bribed the Indian U.N. peacekeepers, and those peacekeepers took an active role in the abduction of the Israeli soldiers, luring them close to the border. Hezbollah bribery would also explain the use of U.N. materials in the raid. With the theory in hand, Israel asked the United Nations to conduct in internal investigation of the Indian peacekeepers.
U.N. officials immediately dismissed the theory. "This is the most illogical theory, based on pure speculation and obvious lack of information as to what happened," ranted Timur Goksel, spokesman for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon. "Such a theory is nothing but a pathetic lie, and I regret very much that it has been aired." An internal U.N. investigation of the peacekeepers revealed nothing.
The U.S. House Middle East Subcommittee held a hearing on the deaths of the three Israeli soldiers. The chair of the subcommittee, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Florida), ripped the United Nations for aiding the Hezbollah terrorists. "The ensuing years have been filled with delays and confusion, all stemming from the United Nations," she said. "Time and time again, the Israeli government requested information available to the United Nations."
The United Nations responded by refusing to send a representative to testify before the subcommittee. "We are unable to send a representative," wrote Catherine O'Neill, a U.N. official, in a letter to Ros-Lehtinen. "In this particular case, the United Nations has shared with the government of Israel and the families, all information in its possession that could have shed light on the condition of the missing soldiers."
If U.N. peacekeepers worked with Hezbollah terrorists, there is no doubt in my mind that they would work hand in glove with Iraqi terrorists and their allies. Why would we expect American soldiers to be treated with more respect than Israeli soldiers by an organization that actively supported the Saddam Hussein regime? Why should we continue to use our tax dollars to support enablers of international Islamic terrorism?
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