|182 going to Golan heights today - Bainimarama says he'll send 500 soldiers if asked|
|Golan bound - in the name of Fiji pride.|
182 Fiji soldiers head to the most dangerous war zone in the world today - farewelled by their families and a state of the nation speech from Frank Bainimarama that spells out he knows they could be going to their deaths.
In his address last night, he told Fiji citizens their menfolk were embarking on a mission more deadly than any other the country has engaged in.
"Let me clear with you - potentially this may be more dangerous deployment than other United Nation peacekeeping mission."
Bainimarama admitted other countries have withdrawn their troops because the Golan Heights - the territory between Israel and Syria - is too dangerous.
Despite this he pledged to send as many 500 soldiers - and more - if asked to by the UN.
According to him, Fiji's troops are match fit for the deployment and are answering the call 'to restore peace for the protection of innocent men, women and children'.
In an attempt to glorify the mission, he couched death in language that gloried war saying: "Etched on their faces was the pride, the determination and the commitment that we are certain will carry them for the mission ahead."
Bainimarama said 'it is the most honourable task a soldier can perform' adding Fiji said 'yes' because of its commitment to be a good global citizen.
"As a nation we punch above our weight.
"We are building a better Fiji and have ambitions for ourselves and naturally we want to create a better world for everyone and this deployment is part of that vision."
Bainimarama of course is not accompanying the soldiers on the flight, even to offer moral support. He is instead preparing to meet with a Russian delegation.