Lebanon Peacekeeping Mission: Desperate Malaysia Wants To Join Indonesia.
Malaysia is willing to cooperate with Indonesia and Brunei to join the peacekeeping mission in Lebanon, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said. He said Malaysia had held early discussions with the two countries on the matter.
However, Malaysia had still not received any indication from the United Nations on approval for Malaysian troops to serve in Lebanon, he told reporters here.
"We are still hopeful and we have told the UN Secretary-General that we are very keen to send our troops to Lebanon," he told reporters after opening the Paya Besar Umno division's delegates meeting here.
He was asked to comment on news reports that Indonesia would send 1,000 troops to southern Lebanon starting this month. Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda was quoted as saying that the UN had contacted Indonesia's military to get ready to deploy its troops to southern Lebanon.
**** Really what makes me wonder is how come the Indons are acceptable to the UN and therefore apparently the Israelis, but Malaysia isn't? Is it because we make too much of the wrong noises internationally that it pisses off a lot of the big powers? Indonesia is a huge and powerful country but its international dealings seem more moderate and in line with accepted diplomatic norms. Malaysia on the other hand sometimes sounds like a cowboy and at other times, like an apologist for Islamic fanatics worldwide.
Read an earlier related post here: Why Is Malaysia So Keen To Commit Our Armed Forces In Lebanon?