Wednesday, September 20, 2006

M'sia's peacekeeping offer finally 'accepted' !

(Updated) Finally, the United Nations Organisation ' has sent Malaysia invitation' (to be more accutate, it has accepted Malaysia's repeated and tireless offer) to participate the peacekeeping force in Lebanon. However, it has not altered the fact that Malaysia, thanks to the loose mouths, is not the first choice like India, China and Turkey. It is not even a second choice like Indonesia.

Let us call a spade a spade: it is only a third choice after Malaysia itself has lobbied very hard and repeated its commitment to impartiality for its inclusion. Even then, the UN is only prepared to accept 360 Malaysian troops, not 1,000 as offered.

An interesting set of questions to ask now is: what is the new relations between Malaysia and Israel.

Has, or has not, Israel given the green light for Malaysia's final inclusion? What is the deal or quid pro quo? Is it worth more than the national indignity of being publicly delayed for so long and slashed in number?

By the way, let us wish the 360 men and women in uniform well: selamat jalan and selamat bertugas.

Pak Lah: UN invites our peacekeepers to Lebanon
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/57035

Dr. Mahathir slams troops offer to Lebanon
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/56614

1 Comments:

Blogger malekz said...

Hahahaha, at last the FM got his way albeit in a smaller scale.

Like you I'm wondering what is the trade-off?

7:27 PM  

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