Monday, September 25, 2006

The Stage Is Set In Lebanon

The UN has set the stage for the next war between Hezbollah (aka, Iran) and Israel. Israel tried to conduct a nice, neat military campaign this time. Next time around one can only hope they give them the "Dresden Treatment". This idea that you can conduct an effective war while focusing most of your attention on reducing civilian casualties is as stupid as thinking you can negotiate with, or make deals with, these obsessed scumbags.

TIBNIN, Lebanon, Sept. 24 — One month after a United Nations Security Council resolution ended a 34-day war between Israel and Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia, members of the international force sent to help keep the peace say their mission is defined more by what they cannot do than by what they can.

They say they cannot set up checkpoints, search cars, homes or businesses or detain suspects. If they see a truck transporting missiles, for example, they say they can not stop it. They cannot do any of this, they say, because under their interpretation of the Security Council resolution that deployed them, they must first be authorized to take such action by the Lebanese Army.

The job of the United Nations force, and commanders in the field repeat this like a mantra, is to respect Lebanese sovereignty by supporting the Lebanese Army. They will only do what the Lebanese authorities ask.



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