United Nations Perfidy... No Surprises
by Emanuel A. Winston, Middle East Analyst & Commentator
The United Nations officials at the highest level have finally admitted that
for nine months they have had a videotape of the kidnaping of the 3 Israeli
soldiers by Hezb’Allah terrorists. Those soldiers are St. Sgts. Binyamin
Avraham and Omar Sawayid and Sgt. Adi Avitan. The U.N. had it; they kept it
secret; and, in effect, they became knowledgeable co-conspirators to the
crime. They knowingly chose to protect the identity of the Hezb’Allah
terrorists. U.N.I.F.I.L. may now be an organic part of not only the kidnaping
but subsequent torture and perhaps murder of the 3 Israeli soldiers. And the
U.N.’s pro-Arab position on the kidnaping also makes them culpable in the
kidnaping of the civilian, Ehud Tannenbaum - plus any future such crimes.
When at first asked about the videotape, the U.N., including U.N. Sec. Gen.
Kofi Annan, denied they had such a tape. The denial went on for a long time
after the existence of the tape became known.
A spokesman for the U.N., Jean Marie Guehenno, U.N. undersecretary-general
for peacekeeping, told the Reuters News Agency: "The video does not shed
light on the circumstances of the abduction or the state of the abductees".
He said: "The U.N. wanted to hide the identities of the ‘guerillas’ seen in
the tape to assure the confidentiality of its internal documents and protect
Any prosecuting attorney would have had most of those senior U.N. personnel
not only ejected from office but facing jail terms for hiding evidence in
what might be a capital crime.
The U.N. now says they will turn the tapes over to the Israeli authorities
with the faces of the terrorists erased.
That the U.N. is a biased organization that operates under the control of
hostile Arab influence, of that there is no doubt.
Over the years, the United Nations have an overwhelming bias against its
member nation, Israel. Their votes to condemn Israel at the behest of the
Arab nations are voluminous.
In the field the very points where U.N. troops were posted to keep the peace
between Israel and Lebanon, became the open gate of choice for Hezb’Allah and
other terrorists to attack Israel. The U.N. troops not only didn’t attempt to
stop or interfere with the Hezb’Allah’s mission of terror, but they actually
allowed terrorists to launch rockets nearby their own U.N. positions. They
‘assumed’ Israel would not return fire near a U.N. position. Maybe the time
has finally come for Israel to put that humane consideration aside in the
interests of Israel’s own self-defense.
The illegal retention of the videos (there may be more than one) of the
kidnapings spells out the fact that the United Nations harbors and protects
terrorists and terrorist nations. Those tapes showing the faces of the
Hezb’Allah kidnappers could have assisted the Israelis in recovering their
But, the U.N. chose to hide the identities of those Hezb’Allah kidnappers
which could have led back to the commanders of the Hezb’Allah unit and
possibly to their location.
This is not merely an oversight but a crime by the same institution that was
formed to keep the peace. However, they have proven themselves to be merely a
conglomeration of nations who cower behind terrorists and cover their own
bias within the supposedly neutral and fair international forum of the United
As a conglomeration of nations, many of them would have known about the tapes
and chose to join the conspiracy of hiding evidence. The French, the
Russians, the U.S., the Indians...who else? This is reminiscent of the tape
recording of Yassir Arafat giving orders to his Force 17 in Khartoum, Sudan,
1971 to kill the American Ambassador Cleo Noél, Jr., his aide, George Moore
and the French charges des affaires, Guy Eid. This tape was similarly buried
by the U.S. State Department and American Intelligence Agencies because it
would have demonstrated that their choice to back, Arafat, was, indeed, a
Being accused and actually caught as a co-conspirators to a crime destroys
the credibility of this world organization and impugns the integrity of those
nations who knew.
This wasn’t a matter of misjudgement on the part of middle management. This
was a global cover-up that went straight to the top, Kofi Annan’s denials
notwithstanding. Although he was just re-elected for another five year term
as Secretary-General of the United Nations, he should resign immediately or
be forced out.
Moreover, an investigation should be undertaken to review past decisions and
events which may have been deliberately distorted by U.N. personnel.
As for sending international monitors (who would probably be the U.N. again)
to insure the peace between Israel and the Palestinians, the U.N. have proven
that they cannot be trusted.