Skip to comments.U.S. resolution would disarm Hezbollah
Posted on 08/21/2006 10:28:43 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
UNITED NATIONS - The United States is planning to introduce a new U.N. resolution on disarming Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, but U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said Monday this should not hold up the quick deployment of U.N. peacekeepers.
A new Security Council resolution could help break the impasse over getting an expanded U.N. force on the ground quickly.
Countries that are potential troop contributors have expressed concern about the rules of engagement and exactly what troops would be required to do, especially regarding the disarming of Hezbollah.
"I think the initial force can be deployed now," Bolton told reporters. "We want the disarming of Hezbollah to be accomplished rapidly so that the democratically elected government of Lebanon can establish full control over its territory."
Lebanese men mourn over the coffins, draped in Hezbollah flags, of Hezbollah fighters who died during fighting with Israel in the 34-day long war, during the funeral procession of five Hezbollah fighters, in the village of Aitaroun, southern Lebanon, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)
Who is the world sending in to control the peace? Muslim troops?
Elias Kayyal, center, an officer with United Nations Mine Action Coordination Center (UNMACC) explores the ground around an unexploded Israeli bomb, dropped during the recent offensive, near the village of Al Bayyadah, southern Lebanon, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006. The tens of thousands of refugees returning to their homes in the war battered south are vulnerable from unexploded ordinance buried beneath the debris that litters many ruined villages (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
Looks like a good place to drop a MOAB
Israeli soldiers load an artillery pieces onto a transport truck as they prepare to leave their base in Northern Israel, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006. Israel warned Saturday that their recent raid against Hezbollah forces in Lebanon may not be its last, despite being a violation of the ceasefire agreement. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
( No more Olmert! No more Kadima! No more Oslo!)
A Lebanese farmer holds tobacco in Markaba village in south Lebanon August 20, 2006. Across the south, fields have gone untended since Israel 's war with Hizbollah erupted on July 12. Although most of the fighting ended last week, farmers say their tobacco crop is spoiled because it has been left unpicked for too long. REUTERS/ Ali Hashisho (LEBANON)
Oh, that's right, we are going to gain a democracy in Lebanon, right?
Lebanese soldiers ... as they are driven in Kafarkila near the Israeli border in south Lebanon August 20, 2006. The Lebanese army will act strongly against any attempt to breach the U.N.-brokered truce that halted a 34-day war between Israel and Hizbollah, Defence Minister Elias al-Murr said on Sunday. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (LEBANON)
International Community Reaps Shame, Not Glory
By John E. Carey
August 21, 2006
Inside LebanonThere is no government here. Nobody with which to make peace. The people that run this region are Hezbollah. The Lebanon Army is a joke. They themselves know they are interlopers here. They refuse to disarm Hezbollah. So the arms have disappeared. You are supposed to believe that peace can be achieved here.
You'd be wrong.
That is where Condi Rice, the President of the United States, John Bolton and one John Carey disagree. I am going to tell the Prime Minister of Israel to also disagree with the President of the United States. The "peace plan" the U.S. signed up for is only paper. It changes nothing. Unless the peace is full, enforceable and verifiable the Israelis should still choose war.
France and every other nation that volunteered to make peace possible reneged on the deal.
France said they would lead the peacekeeping: then volunteered 400 troops, mostly engineers.
Last month, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a speech, "They have invented a myth that Jews were massacred, and place this above God, religions and the prophets."
He added, "The West has given more significance to the myth of the genocide of the Jews."
This is Israel's dilemma.
Israel wants Hezbollah off its back. And Hezbollah has shown it has missiles that can pierce into Israel 42 miles and more. Killing Israelis indiscriminately. Israel may need a "buffer" into Hezbollahland some 42 miles. And international peacemakers with real muscle to enforce order. To keep peace. To prevent further missile launches and indiscriminate killing of Israelis.
You cannot make peace without sides. You cannot make peace without peacekeepers. There is only one side for peace here: Israel.
Israel faces an angry alliance: Hezbollah, Lebanon, Syria and Iran. Even Kofi Annan at the UN has demonstrated a very anti-Israeli tone.
Now France has apparently throw in with the anti-Israel group.
Some peace agreement.
The President of the United States says there is a way forward and the choice is theirs.
The choice is now Israels. This is an existential struggle for Israel. They get to cut the deck and deal the cards, in my book.
In fact, the choice is Mr. Ehud Olmerts and the people of Israel.
Syria is the "single most aggressive member of the axis of evil," Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Monday, ruling out a resumption of negotiations with Damascus at this time.
"I am the last person who will say I want to negotiate with Syria," Olmert said in unusually harsh comments. In a visit to northern Israel, Olmert noted that rockets that hit the town in 34 days of Israel-Hizbullah fighting came from Syria.
According to the prime minister, "When Syria stops supporting terrorism, when it stops giving missiles to terror organizations, then we will be happy to negotiate with them."
On the divide between the terrorists and the west, President Bush said at a news conference, August 21, "This is the fundamental question of the twenty-first century."
All the parties in the Middle East except Israel want the Israelis pushed into the sea. Tonight we stand in Lebanon. But in fact we stand with Israel.
Also from the Jerusalem Post.
Quite the Kodak moment. Thanks!
It's too late for this. They went for a quick agreement with some loose ends. It's thinking like this that led to the US Civil War.
Very, very good. Thanks for posting, John.