Friday, August 10, 2007
Al-Manar Special - Ahmad Ammar - Translated
"10/08/2007 It is the 10th of August which falls on the first anniversary of the remarkable deed at Marjayoun barracks achieved by Lebanese Interior Minister then Ahmad Fatfat, who saved the Israeli enemy soldiers from the Islamic resistance fighters after turning the Lebanese army and the gendarmerie into human shields to protect the Israeli troops not to mention their honoring by Fatfat's officer Adnan al-Daoud who held them the famous tea party. Who gave the Lebanese security forces, who were supposed to protect the barracks, the orders to hand over their weapons, raise the white flag and offer tea to the occupation soldiers? How did the political connections occur to save more than one hundred Israeli soldiers who were exposed to killing or capturing by the resistance fighters?
While the resistance was achieving a legendary victory, the Israeli army was seeking to establish any achievement even if it was marginal, especially after its reputation became smeared during the battles in Ayta al-Sha'ab, Bent Jbeil and Maroun el-Ras and other villages in the south of Lebanon. For this goal, one of the Israeli journalists was moving in the Marjayoun barracks with his camera to capture humiliating pictures for the Lebanese security forces under the command of General Adnan Daoud, who was taking orders from acting interior minister then Ahmad Fatfat. Instead of giving his orders to the Lebanese forces to defend the nation's dignity, Fatfat gave his orders to offer the occupation soldiers tea. The Israeli Channel was quoted as saying that the occupation soldiers who entered the barracks had faced one problem which was what to decide: Are they going to put one piece of sugar in the cup of tea or two?
At one point in the video, Daoud and an Israeli soldier have the following exchange:
Daoud: "Don't we need to tell our bosses?"
Israeli soldier: "Tell whoever you want."
Daoud: "We need to brief them on what happened."
Israeli soldier: "We briefed (U.S. President) Bush. You brief whoever you want."
Daoud: "We need to brief Bush too."
The Israeli Channel added that Daoud looked weak as he was joking with the Israeli soldiers after he surrendered without any shooting, whereas he looked very strict in giving his orders to the Lebanese forces asking them to get out of the room where he was meeting the Israeli officers. Later on, there were negotiations with the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) to let the Lebanese security forces leave in peace. The most humiliating scene was the Lebanese forces' lining up to present their military IDs to one of the Israeli soldiers to allow them to get out of the barracks and describing the Israeli soldiers as guests and not as occupation army.
Israeli journalist Nassim Allouni quoted a source close to Israeli Minister Haim Ramon as saying that he had called head of the Future Movement MP Saad Hariri through a third party in order to interfere to protect the besieged Israeli soldiers at Marjayoun barrack so that not to be killed or captured by Hezbollah. The source disclosed that the third party is Ronald Lauder, head of the Jewish National Fund and the Chairman of the Board for "Estee Lauder" the international cosmetics company that opened a branch in Beirut years ago but under different name which is "Aishti". Accordingly, Ahmad Fatfat gave his orders to General Daoud not to leave the barrack and stay inside it to prevent attacking it by Hezbollah. "