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How effective will the UN be in Lebanon
Posted by: McQ on Monday, August 28, 2006

I'm getting the feeling - with the announcement that the UN peacekeeping force won't be attempting to stop weapons resupply shipments from reaching Hezbollah from Syria (and Iran) - that they won't be much more effective than the last time. As I said earlier, the same UNIFIL only larger.

An example:
IDF forces from the Golani Brigade blasted open a Hizbullah bunker overnight Saturday some 400 meters from the security fence near Rosh Hanikra, it was reported on Sunday. The bunker was discovered a mere stone's throw from a UN post.

According to Lt.-Col. Jassem Elian, a senior officer in the Golani Brigade, "Hizbullah dug a 40-meter by two-kilometer pit, in which they built dozens of outposts."
What in the world were the previous UN "observers" observing? Who did they report this too?

Given the fact that the incoming force has already declined to disarm Hezbollah and won't be stopping any weapons shipments for Hezbollah, what exactly will they be doing? Hopefully (but doubtfully) something other than letting a terrorist group build extensive concrete bunker systems under their very noses.

UPDATE: As I was reminded by Capt. Joe, during the late unpleasantness, here's what UNIFIL accomplished as 'observers' per Lori Lowenthal Marcus of the "Weekly Standard":
UNIFIL—the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, a nearly 2,000-man blue-helmet contingent that has been present on the Lebanon-Israel border since 1978—is officially neutral. Yet, throughout the recent war, it posted on its website for all to see precise information about the movements of Israeli Defense Forces soldiers and the nature of their weaponry and materiel, even specifying the placement of IDF safety structures within hours of their construction. New information was sometimes only 30 minutes old when it was posted, and never more than 24 hours old.
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And lets not forget that the UNIFIL pers posted all Israeli movements, troop deployments and vehicle/weapons but nothing about Hezbollah during the time they were "monitoring" the area.
Written By: capt joe
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Yes, they’ll be marvelous shields for Hizb’Allah too. McQ get back to me on how this is good for Israel and the world again? Putting the UN on the "spot" to perform.
Written By: Joe
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Nothing has changed Joe, despite your selective memory. Go back and review what was said.
Written By: McQ
Nothing too selective here...YOU say when the UNIFIL force fails, THEN folks will see that Israel has no choice but to act. I say WHEN the UNIFIL ofrce fails, that world community will proceed to condemn Israel for acting.

I just note that both are predictions, but as it’s shaping up, I’d say mine has a better chance of coming true, because I don’t see Kofi Annan or Javier Solana or Romano Prodi lambasting the French or the UN for their obvious failures so far. In fact, everyone seems just "hunky-dorey" with the fact that Hizb’Allah won’t be disarmed, and that the UNIFIL force will NOT be preventing the Re-Arming of Hizb’Allah. From the performance SO FAR, I’d say it’s shaping up to be what I predict, a second round, with the same criticisms of Israel, mayhap MORE, after all their will be more UN troops to hide behind and serve as "bullet absorbers" for Hizb’Allah.

I don’t dispute there will be a second round. Our dispute is about what the world says about it and in my humble opinion one really can’t be TOO CYNICAL when one comes to the UN and "World Opinion." You still have some faith in them or a belief that if they fail just one more time, "something" will change. I don’t see that anything will change, Kofi and his cronies make their salaries just fine as things are... Chirac is just fine as things are...The Trans-national Progressives (Steven Den Beste) have a vested interest in the status quo so they have no need to change either.

You say Israel won the war and mayhap has lost the peace....I’d say Israel did poorly in a war that it could not lose and has lost the peace and will lose the PR campaign next time around because the MSM and the Trans-national Progressive Community has no interest in helping Israel demonstrate it’s futility.
Written By: Joe
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UNIFIL probably was not observing Hamas’ construction of bunkers; they were probably advising on the construction of the bunkers.
Written By: chsw10605
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Your UN dollars hard at work.
Written By: looker
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UNIFIL probably was not observing Hamas’ construction of bunkers; they were probably advising on the construction of the bunkers.
With the increase in UNIFail troops maybe the bunkers will be larger and more easily targeted.
Written By: Mac
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Whatever they do I hope they don’t let the French construct the bunkers... the Le Ligne Maginot still gives them a bad rep.
Written By: Joe
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