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Everything seems to be going according to plan
Posted by: McQ on Monday, November 06, 2006

Yes, the UN has once again managed to completely hamstring the "peace keeping" force deployed to Lebanon.

The latest example? The naval blockade designed to prevent Hezbollah from being resupplied with weapons (from Syria):
So what of the German navy's mission in the eastern Mediterranean — a mission with the explicit goal of preventing such arms smuggling? While in Israel the international UNIFIL fleet's operation has been welcomed, experts wonder about how effective it really is.

For one thing, says an Israeli diplomat, the operation off the coast of Lebanon lacks a clear mandate; he calls it a kind of hybrid between a pure observation operation and a military mission. He says the effectiveness of the counter-smuggling mission has been further reduced by the restrictions placed on the German navy's mobility.

"When a ship carrying weapons for Hezbollah leaves a Syrian port and heads south, its captain feels safe as long as he doesn't stray more than 11 kilometers from the coast," says Gad Shimron, an Israeli security expert who works for the daily Ma'ariv. The Syrian captain can head comfortably for Hezbollah positions in Lebanon, Shimron elaborates, as if he were shipping a cargo of tomatoes or olives, and the German navy isn't allowed to interfere with his journey.

Originally, the Germans had thought they would have freedom of movement off the coast of Lebanon as well as the right to board suspicious ships. But those rights were limited in the final draft of the mandate. The Germans must request the Lebanese to interfere with suspicious vessels, and they must register with Lebanese authorities if they plan to travel inside six kilometers of the coast.

Even without such restrictions, tracking arms shipments would be difficult; dozens of ships and boats travel along the Lebanese coast every day, without the UN troops being informed about their cargo. Shimron believes Hezbollah's strategists are already using the maritime security gap to stock up on weapons. "No one will be able to stop Hezbollah from doing so," he says.
That'll surely keep the peace, won't it?
 
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UN forces are actually there to protect the weenie IDF from getting their asses kicked again. Be grateful.

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Written By: Irving
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Geeze, and I thought they were there wasting UN budget dollars, AND their time.
 
Written By: looker
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UN forces are actually there to protect the weenie IDF from getting their asses kicked again. Be grateful.
???

Did the short bus drop off someone in the wrong place again?
 
Written By: capt joe
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capt. Joe...Lebanon was a quagmire a holocaust for the evillllll stink’n Jooooos, a veritable hecatomb of Likudniks....if ONLY Rove could ahve been air-dropped into the midst of the slaughter...

Was ESPECIALLY impressed with "Hecatomb."
 
Written By: Joe
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Irving Shekel @ Hymietown


Hmmmm, you think he has some issues with Jews?
 
Written By: Harun
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Harun -
And you’re surprised in which way?
The fixation people have with the Jews amazes me.

I think it’s a sick twisted form of jealousy
(as opposed to just plain jealousy).
 
Written By: looker
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Hey, The Israelis are investigating the mistakes made by their army during the invasion in Lebonon. That is not what winnning armies do. They had to call upon the UN to cover their retreat, which was under fire. That is not what winning armies do. Hizb’allah is stronger than ever in Lebonon. Irans influence is stronger than ever in Lebanon. Israel is no safer than the day before they sent their troops accross the border.

The UN might do a slighly better job of slowing down arms shipments if the Israelis would quit shooting at German ships and Chinese/Canadian outposts. Somehow I’ve gotta believe that most soldiers regardless of political viewpoint consider those who are shooting at them to be the enemy. Israel has a long way to go before those guys are putting their necks on the line for them.


 
Written By: cindyb
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The UN might do a slighly better job of slowing down arms shipments
Yeah Cindy, the old UN force did such a great job of ’observing’ didn’t they?

And winning armies don’t ’investigate mistakes’? Yeah, course not. They just assume whatever they did was perfect and doesn’t need evaluation or re-thinking.

Can’t be improved on, nothing learned here....I’m sure we learned nothing new or useful that had us change tactics or doctorine in either Gulf War....

O-Kay.
But, as I recall, you’re one of those jealous people I don’t understand.
 
Written By: looker
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Hey, The Israelis are investigating the mistakes made by their army during the invasion in Lebonon. That is not what winnning armies do.
Uh, wrong.

Doing so is how the remain winning armies.
 
Written By: McQ
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"That is not what winnning armies do."

Actually, even winning armies make mistakes, and good ones try to learn from them.
 
Written By: timactual
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