Robert Fisk: After the Spaniards, who will be next to die in Lebanon?

by Robert Fisk
26 June 2007

Which United Nations contingent in southern Lebanon will be next? It is a ghoulish, terrible question after the car bomb attack that killed six Spanish soldiers of the 13,000-strong international army on Sunday evening, but one which the officers of the UN Interim Force – Unifil – are asking at their intelligence meetings. For the UN army from 30 countries under the command of four Nato generals – the Spanish contributed 1,100 soldiers – is clearly going to be attacked again. The usual expressions of determination of Western leaders who are not going to “cut and run” – so reminiscent of the Iraq war – are not going to change that.