Skip to comments.Rice calls Lebanese PM to warn him that if the UN Lebanon resolution is not implemented...
Posted on 08/13/2006 5:41:09 PM PDT by section9
Rice calls Lebanese PM to warn him that if the UN Lebanon resolution is not implemented, We will not be responsible for the consequences
August 13, 2006, 10:18 PM (GMT+02:00)
Earlier, Israeli FM Tzipi Livni put in urgent calls to the US secretary and the French foreign minister in an effort to salvage the ceasefire from Iranian-backed Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallahs 12th-hour retraction of his consent.
There could be another possibility. Nasrallah thought he could walk away from the table holding a pile of chips and a full house, ten high. But his posse is getting clobbered in the south, and they have to be yelling at him to go back to the table to try for that inside straight. If he is actually stupid enough to want to go back to the table and accomodate the IDF, then Olmert may just jump at the life-saver thrown at him by his nemesis.
I can't believe that Nasrallah would be this stupid.
Watch them blow up their own people in order to fake an Israeli attack.
Really? I can.
But I'm still puzzled and dissappointed in the Freepers who were calling Israel cowards, comparing them to the French and posting white flags. I think that was totally uncalled for. Especially when it's our U.S. government that negotiated the cease fire.
One way this could play out, is to pull the UN into a war with Hezbullah, Syria and Iran when Hezbullah attacks the multinational force. Assuming, against the odds, that a cease fire holds for more than 20 minutes, or that any nations actually volunteer to place their people as targets in South Lebanon.
The gambling analogy is a bit confusing. If he has a full house, "10 high", it would mean he has three tens, and a pair of something else and that would beat a straight or a flush, unless it was a straight flush.
What about the soldiers?
I can't believe that Nasrallah would be this stupid.
When you start believing your own propaganda, mistakes
(Go Israel, Go! Slap 'Em Down Hezbullies.)
Each day that goes by makes Hezbollah less equipped. In time they won't be trained, they'll be dead.
It's just not making sense. But it hasn't made sense for weeks. Then there's the report from IDF of 30 tanks lining up on the Syrian border...
You let teh arm chair commandos here on FR disappoint you? Most of the people here are like the people who call in to talk football on sports talk radio; they never played a day of football in their lives. Don't let the people here disappoint you. Use this forum for what it is and don't worry about it.
OK, I'm one of them. While we were busy with the UN, Saddam and the Rusians were squirreling WMD in Syria, setting up the President for the biggest PR disaster of his administration. At that time Syria was in control of Lebanese ports. By now those weapons could be anywhere, including here in the US.
There's a big controversy going on over Israel's actions...not just here but among Israelis themselves.
They seem to blame their own government for its handling of the crisis, not the U.S. And all along that government lauded our diplomatic efforts and seemed to try to tie them in, awkwardly it would seem, to their use of their military.
That government delayed an offensive to the Litani River that could have been had 3 weeks ago, that they are now doing last-minute.
SO not having a cease fire is to the advantage of the Lebanon PM.
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I like your analysis. If the Hezbo body bags continue to mount, Olmert may survive. I'd much prefer BiBi though.
The UN forces will never fire a shot. I doubt they're even trained, nor do they have any weapons or ammo.
That is universally accepted truth, hoosiermama. The gulf between their capabilities is too wide to fathom. The Lebanese Army appears to be a joke, a myth, or both. Add to that, it is riddled with supporters of Hezbollah.
And bomb it!
Which is worse for PR, fighting a war with an entirely legal pretext and finding the WMD, or going "through channels" asking for redundant permission that only legitimizes the most corrupt governance on earth while your principal justification disappears?
I'll take my answer on the air. ;-)
Somewhere in that cease-fire is the stipulation that the Lebanese border (disputed by Hezbo) be honored. In addition, Hezbo has to recognize Israel's right to exist, either explicitly or implicitly. And, they have to hand over all of their arms and accept control by Lebanese and UN forces.
None of that is acceptablet to Hezbolah. They can't accept that agreement, as it would go against their charter. Iran can't afford to accept it, and Syria can't accept it, as both would lose their status as hell-raising anti-Israel hardliners. Should Hezbo accept this, expect coups in Syria, Iran, and splinter Hezbo groups in Lebanon.
It depends upon who wants enhanced power and strength in Lebanon. At the present there are two Hezbollah members in the Government (I think.) Their presence is essentially backed by their thugs in Southern Lebanon. If Hezbollah is destroyed, it would enhance the power of those in the Government who are NOT Hezbollah, and that would actually help their current Prime Minister. I am not saying that the present Government officials do not back Hezbollah, but losers are quickly forgotten, and the more Hezbollah weakens, the more quickly they will be forgotten, IMO.
If I thought there was a material difference between what Israel has already done to Hezbullah and completely wiping them out in Lebanon, I'd agree with you.
But the difference is like picking 7 leaves off a kudzu vine verses 9. Those last two leaves are not going to stop Hezbullah from coming back.
But digging out a kudzu root is long tough work, so sometimes you just clear the fence for the moment and you pick your time to go after the root.
I didn't see any evidence of a cease fire. The Israelis said they would defend themselves against attack. The terrorists said they would not stop until the last Israeli left.
Good for Israel, by the way. They should clobber the terrorists and keep fighting them until hardly a martyr is left.
With a modicum of luck, Nasrallah will be dead or hiding in Teheran within six months, assuming that city still exists.
Please tell us the last time the UN put together an effective multinational military operation by which to fight an Islamic entity of any kind.
That's the first question. Here's the corollary:
Given that the UN fancies itself a legitimate global government... Given that it is outrageously corrupt, hideously expensive, impossibly beaureaucratic, invariably inept, and structurally unaccountable...
Do we really want the UN to have a capable military?
UN has no forces, as such, isn't that so?
They have to be donated by various countries. I read that besides France, Italy and Turkey had agreed to donate troops. Maybe others?? I'm sure they have some kind of arms and equipment, although logistical help might be offered by the U.S.
The worst sticking points would be mission, rules of engagement and the role of the so-called Lebanese Army. Their PM was demanding that they take the lead role and the UN forces a much lesser role than what I heard was originally envisioned.
The latest, as this points out, though, is that Lebanon is stalling its part due to Nasrallah not going along.
That said, I honestly believe that while WMD acquisition was certainly one of the reasons given for our invasion, the broader reason was simply to take out the politically weakest leader in the region in order to gain long term on the ground strategic advantage in the heart of "terrorland."
This is an administration that is trying a new method of "peacemaking." Rather than the strong arm marathon negotiations favored by his predecessor, the President is looking to modernize and reshape the ME.
That is a pretty clear goal, although, perhaps a recklessly ambitious one. We will not know for many years. All I know is the last person who was "recklessly ambitious" called for a certain wall to come down and it did. Amazingly enough.
Therefore, I believe that calculations were made for short term pain in lieu of long term gain. What we see through the narrow eye of the media, and what is really happening may be very different. My fondest hope is that UN will be entirely discredited in this debacle. But that is probably too much to hope for, and they will muddle away being useful idiots for the foreseeable future.
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It's ok if Israelis have a controversy over whether to continue to fight or have a cease fire, and it's also fine for us to debate what Israel's best course of action is.
But when American freepers start comparing Israel to the French, then I'm ready to ship some freepers to the front line and see if they still want to call Israel cowards.
There may not be a cease fire. But if there isn't, it makes Hezbullah look bad, because they are the ones that reneged.
How long do you think it would take to "squirrel" biological and chemical WMD into Syria?
My guess is very little time.
UN resolutions or no UN resolutions, Saddam would have moved his biological WMD.
Granted an effective UN anything would be a first. And no, I don't want to see the UN have an effective military capability. But I don't want the UN shaping world and domestic opinion against the war either. So lets put the UN on the front line and when they prove ineffective, then we tell them to leave in disgrace for failing to handle the situation.
We HAD legal cover: the UN resolution under which GWI was settled and others. We didn't need another. Second, we had UNSCOM's talley of the WMDs and no record that they were destroyed. Third, there is ample evidence from documents translated and posted here on FR that materials were moved to Syria and Russia.
All we got out of that UN butt covering was a severe pain in the a$$.
Nasrallah obviously knows that his own fate is linked to what happens to Hezbollah. But from here on out, each fighter that is killed weakens him also. A cease fire, a total cease fire with the disarming of Hezbollah, is his best hope to survive as a leader, and to eventually reconstitute them as a fighting force. Of course, this would not exactly please Tehran or Damascus, but he has to choose soon. He knows his time is running out.
Yes, given that the UN is "impossibly bureaucratic" and "inept", we shouldn't have to worry about the UN having a capable military.
There are STILL UN troops in southern Lebanon, still drinking coffee on the beach, and still in the way of crushing Hezbollah. UN troops carry Hamas thugs in ambulances in Gaza. They've been busted transporting arms to Hamas.
How many UNprecedents, how many dead people on our side, is it going to take before you drop your fear of a mess media that's going to bash conservatives no matter what they do?
It doesn't take long to strafe a convoy either.
He does this for 2 reasons: first, to rope-a-dope the terrorists into thinking there are no WMDs, second to allay our fears of their existance and threat that they pose.
I fully expect to wake up tomorrow, flip on the TV, and still see the network 'danger boys' still wearing helmets and flak jackets with boom-booms in the background.
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