Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Why the UN Won't and Can't Keep the Peace in Lebanon

The calls and clamor of the likes of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, French President Jacques Chirac and U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinch, who called on President Bush to implement an immediate ceasefire, are lacking either rational thought or a comprehensive understanding of the situation on the ground, at best. At worst, major political leaders are willing to sacrifice the Jewish State for the price of oil or in the name of hatred. Kucinich himself called upon Bush

"to appeal to all sides in the current crisis in the Middle East for an immediate cessation of violence and to commit United States diplomats to multi-party negotiations with no preconditions." (Dennis Kucinich: Insight and Action Home Page)

An immediate cessation of violence means a unilateral ceasefire on the part of Israel alone or UN recognition of a rogue terrorist organization running a mini-state. Either way, without solving the cause of the problem - by eradicating terrorism - further and worse violence is simply a matter of time away. It took six years with Hezbollah. It took months with Hamas.

Eye on the UN reveals precisely why a new UN force will not work in Southern Lebanon. Let's be clear: no force will work until Hezbollah has been completely defeated, a job that may take months or years, as we see with the Taliban in Afghanistan. This is indeed part of the wider Global War on Terror. To think otherwise would be a grave mistake. Eye on the UN provides a link to "The UN's Failed Mission" from Canada's The National Post.

Peacekeeping is a nice idea in theory, and it has even worked once or twice in various parts of the world. But in the context of southern Lebanon, the concept is not only laughably naive, but dangerous as well.

As informed observers know, there already is a peacekeeping force in the area, and it's been there since 1978. But all the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has done is preside over the establishment of a de facto Hezbollah terrorist state let on Israel's northern border. Given the United Nations' historic antipathy toward Israel, there is little reason to suspect that even a larger, better-trained force would rouse itself to offer the Jewish state any better protection.

Please link to Eye on the UN to read the article in full, and understand why the UN must never be allowed to return to Southern Lebanon and why only coalitions of the willing will save the world from the threat that terrorism posses.


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