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Odds and Ends

Posted by adiamondinsunlight on January 11, 2008

I must have blarney on my mind these days. I recently came across a retired Irish UNIFIL soldier’s account of his South Lebanon post getting caught in the crossfire of an Amal/Hizbullah shoot-out, back in the summer of 1995. Its a strong story, told without affectation, and with a little twist that points to the ways in which UNIFIL gets caught in Lebanon’s political crossfire as well.

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stayin’ alive: I heart the UNIFIL Irish

Posted by adiamondinsunlight on January 9, 2008

Yesterday afternoon, a little before 3 pm, a bomb exploded on a bridge just north of Saida, hitting an Irish UNIFIL contingent. Two soldiers were injured, but – mercifully – none were gravely wounded.

This afternoon I came across a link to a video that part of the Irish UNIFIL contingent had made – a video so funny I almost cried, and then almost cried again thinking what a thankless task it is to be a UNIFIL soldier, whether in Lebanon or elsewhere.

I can’t embed the video directly thanks to WordPress’ prissy embed restrictions, but I can give you the link. I saw it on The Chancer’s blog but you can also view it directly on LiveLeak. If you’re a BeeGees fan or, like me, remember having to learn “The Hustle” in high school gym class, you’ll love it. And if you appreciate the efforts of a group of young Irishmen to find joy in a hardship posting, you’ll love it all the more.

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