Should Britain contribute to the UN peace keeping force in southern Lebanon? Watch

Poll: Should Britain contribute to the UN peace keeping force in southern Lebanon?
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Once you are in the military, and have taken the oath, you have no say in your orders.
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Once you are in the military, and have taken the oath, you have no say in your orders.
That being something you accept when you choose to join the army...
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(Original post by JonathanH)
British troops would be there to enforce a UN Mandate - there is no question of them "not treating people in an equal manner" - they won't be deciding objectives or strategy. Secondly, it's not simply 'bias' to support a certain side in a conflict, biases AFFECT a decision or judgment - they are not THE decision or judgment.
I don't think we should be sorting out Israel's problems.

And the Britsih government is so biased that British troops would have nothing positive to contribute on the ground in the Lebanon apart from attract missile strikes from Hezbollah that would otherwise be directed at Isreal.
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(Original post by numero sept)
Who the **** cares?

Do you have a **** over a 1920's world map, when lots of it was covered pink? :rolleyes:
I beg your pardon? Whatever provoked that little outburst? Lost Teddy?
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(Original post by dismal_laundry)
Once you are in the military, and have taken the oath, you have no say in your orders.
People shouldn't be trying to leech of the military by joining and not expecting to fight.
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(Original post by Bismarck)
Last time I checked Britain had a professional military; not a conscripted one.
Yes. But that doesn't mean our politicians have the right to use them as mercenaries in every conflict du jour.
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Who says they are? Leeching, that is...
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Yes. But that doesn't mean our politicians have the right to use them as mercenaries in every conflict du jour.
So peacekeepers are now mercenaries? And yes they do.
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(Original post by Bismarck)
People shouldn't be trying to leech of the military by joining and not expecting to fight.
Bismark; International Arms Trade Expert and warrior!

I think most people when they join the Army sort of expect to fighting for their own country, not someone elses.
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Bismark; International Arms Trade Expert and warrior!

I think most people when they join the Army sort of expect to fighting for their own country, not someone elses.
Tell that to the hundreds of thousands who died in France in WWI.
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(Original post by Bismarck)
So peacekeepers are now mercenaries? And yes they do.
Peacekeepers my arse. Sitting ducks absorbing attacks that would otherwise be directed at Isreal for God knows how many years clearing out houses street to street; in short - doing Isreal's dirty laundry.
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(Original post by Bismarck)
Tell that to the hundreds of thousands who died in France in WWI.
Quiet.
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Peacekeepers my arse. Sitting ducks absorbing attacks that would otherwise be directed at Isreal for God knows how many years clearing out houses street to street; in short - doing Isreal's dirty laundry.
Er, what the heck are you talking about? No peacekeepers would be given that much of a mandate. They'll be sitting on the border and making sure no one crosses illegally.
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(Original post by Bismarck)
They'll be sitting on the border and making sure no one crosses illegally.
Sounds like a job the Isreali army to me. It's their border.
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Sounds like a job the Isreali army to me. It's their border.
Sounds like a recipe for another war, which you'll once again condemn.
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Sounds like a job the Isreali army to me. It's their border.
Borders have two sides. The Israelis can control their side. Lebanon clearly need help controlling theirs.
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(Original post by JonathanH)
Borders have two sides. The Israelis can control their side. Lebanon clearly need help controlling theirs.
Well, I still don't think British soldiers should be sent. Pick someone else for a change.
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Yeah, everyone seemed awfully keen to volunteer a few weeks ago. Now where are they? Hello, France, where are all those soldiers you were offering?
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(Original post by Howard)
Well, I still don't think British soldiers should be sent. Pick someone else for a change.
I think it's more a case of British Troops being spectacularly unhelpful.

The question should be 'Should Britain do everything possible to make the UN Peace Keeping Force in Southern Lebanon a success?' The answer is yes. And at the minute, that would not include sending troops.
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(Original post by JonathanH)
Yeah, everyone seemed awfully keen to volunteer a few weeks ago. Now where are they? Hello, France, where are all those soldiers you were offering?
Evidently France has come to its senses and realizes that this won't just be a matter of "sitting on the border and making sure no one crosses illegally" as Bismark optimistically puts it. It will involve becoming a target for Hezbollah and all the mission spread that will necessarily come from that.
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