By: Kayhan Int’l Staff Writer
Exactly 38 years have passed since three Iranian diplomats along with the IRNA reporter and their Lebanese driver were kidnapped in Beirut by the Phalangist Christian militia, while returning to the Iranian Embassy in the Lebanese capital, yet the UN and the self-styled advocates of human rights remain silent on their plight.
The Iranians, who are the world’s longest-held hostages, include Charge d’Affaires Seyyed Mohsen Musavi, Ahmad Motavasellian, Mohammad Taqi Rastegar Moqaddam, and Kazem Akhawan. Reports indicate their transfer from Lebanon to the dungeons of the illegal Zionist entity.
They were abducted on the direct orders of Elie Hobeika, the Lebanese group’s intelligence chief of that time who was collaborating with the illegal Zionist entity. The four diplomats were handed over to Israel and their whereabouts are unknown till this day.
The Zionist entity cannot deny the role which Hobeika played for them in Lebanon. During Israel’s 1982 invasion of southern Lebanon, Hobeika was the liaison officer to Mossad.
According to reports, on the night of 16 September 1982 Hobeika, was on the top floor of the Israeli forward command post when the first 150 Phalangist militants entered the Sabra and Shatila camps, which had been evacuated by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) at the beginning of September. Over the next three days, more than five thousand residents (mostly women and children) were butchered in the camps on the direct orders of the criminal Ariel Sharon – who was to become Zionist premier and finally afflicted by Divine wrath for his crimes, lying in a state of coma for several years.
It is amazing that the fate of the world’s longest-held hostages has been forgotten by the so-called human rights activists. The United Nations has closed its eyes on the atrocities of the Zionist regime, which continues its genocide of the Palestinians, while routinely violating the airspaces of Lebanon’s and Syria by targeting civilian and military sites inside these two countries.
Lebanon and Syria have both complained to the United Nations regarding the frequent aggressions of the Zionist regime and its airstrikes.
These aggressions are indeed acknowledgement of defeat by the powers that had imposed a devastating war on Syria, destroying entire cities, taking the life of at least half a million people and making millions of others homeless over the past almost 8 years, in a vain bid to overthrow the legal government in Damascus, so that the Zionist regime will be free for eastward expansion.
It is not known whether the four kidnapped Iranians and their Lebanese colleagues are still languishing in Israeli dungeons or have achieved martyrdom.
Whatever the case, the Islamic Republic holds the UN and other human rights bodies responsible for this crime, and will continue to lobby for details on their fate.
Whether or not the abductees return home one day, the Zionist regime and its master, the US, will indeed be made to pay a heavy price.