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No honest broker

Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, Dan Gillerman, reminds me a little of our own ambassador, John Bolton. Both have what traditionally been a crippling trait in diplomats: a tendency to speak forthrightly, without obfuscation and nuance.

Yesterday, Gillerman took two points with regard to the United Nations and rejected them both.

First, in respect to the incident where four United Nations peacekeepers were killed by an Israeli bomb, he flatly contradicted UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's call for a "joint investigation" into how it happened. Gillerman says Israel will welcome any information the UN has to offer, and will "consider" any requests for information from the UN, but they will NOT be welcomed into finding out what led to an Israeli bomb striking that outpost.

(My own theory, backed up by considerable evidence, is that Israel was targeting Hezbollah combatants who were around and in the UN station, rendering it protected status null and void.)

Second, Gillerman took the calls for a United Nations force to secure a ceasefire and tossed them on the trash heap. Israel is willing to accept such a force, and willing to accept a UN mandate to that force, but will NOT accept UN Peacekeepers.

It's hard for me to disagree with Ambassador Gillerman. Let's look at the sterling record the UN has built up in the 28 years their "interim" force has been in Lebanon.

  • Four years after UNIFIL was established, Israel finally got fed up with the continuous attacks from southern Lebanon and invaded in 1982.
  • After a long occupation, Israel finally withdrew in 1998 under United Nations auspices.
  • As part of that withdrawal, the UN moved in its peacekeepers and charged them with securing the peace, preventing future attacks on Israel from southern Lebanon, disarming the "local militias" (meaning Hezbollah, mainly), and keeping military-grade weapons out of southern Lebanon.
  • Under their watchful eye, Hezbollah essentially took over southern Lebanon.
  • Syria and Iran armed Hezbollah with well over 10,000 missiles and rockets, including highly advanced anti-ship cruise missiles.
  • Hezbollah carried out, under UNIFIL's watchful eye, numberous rocket and missile attacks on Israel.
  • Hezbollah carried out, under UNIFIL's watchful eye, repeatedly invaded and attacked Israel.
  • In 2000, Hezbollah terrorists clothed in UNIFIL colors invaded Israel and kidnapped three Israeli soldiers.
  • Before the raid, Hezbollah had bribed UNIFIL soldiers to look the other way.
  • UNIFIL videotaped the entire attack.
  • UNIFIL went to Hezbollah's abandoned vehicles before Israel found them and destroyed evidence.
  • United Nations officials, all the way to the top and Kofi Annan, repeatedly denied any involvement or knowledge of the kidnapping.
  • The kidnapped soldiers were eventually brutally killed.
  • At least, that's the presumption -- their remains have never been recovered.
  • The United Nations, under great pressure, finally admitted that they had videotapes of the attack.
  • They refused to turn over the tapes to Israel, saying it would "violate their neutrality."
  • Instead, they allowed Israeli officials to review the tapes under very controlled, very limited circumstances.
  • And after the tapes were censored to remove any chance of identifying the terrorists.
  • When the current fighting erupted, the United Nations did not allow its peacekeepers to get the hell out of an active war zone.
  • In fact, they apparently are ordering them to stay where they are, and allowing Hezbollah to set up base in and around UN bases, allowing these peacekeepers to be used as human shields by the terrorists.

There's an old saying: "if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem." A logical corollary would be that if you're a major part of the problem, you probably can't be trusted to provide the solution.


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Generally, your facts are r... (Below threshold)

Generally, your facts are right - but you have one glaring mistake.

Israel withdrew from Lebanon in 2000, not 1998.

"Yesterday, a UNIFIL engine... (Below threshold)

"Yesterday, a UNIFIL engineering contingent from China managed to do some repairs on a key road artery between Tyre and Naqoura, and the road is now usable for traffic."
www.un.org

Well how about that. UNIFIL even helps Hezbollah rebuild its infrastructure!

Hezbollah has the internati... (Below threshold)
Jumpinjoe:

Hezbollah has the international right to kidnap Israeli Soldiers and indiscriminately lob rockets into populated civilian areas launched from positions near UN observer posts.

It is against international law for Israel to respond.

Also, using that same logic:

If a woman dresses sexy she deserves to be raped. It's against the law for her to fight off what she started by tempting others.

Or.....

Your child deserves to be snatched if you do not keep them within arms reach at all times. All well, get over it and get a new one.

And finally......

You may not use deadly force to repel an attacker unless the attacker shoots and kills you first. Then and only then may you use deadly force for protection.


allowing these peacekeep... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

allowing these peacekeepers to be used as human shields by the terrorists.
The problem with this allibi , according to LA Times article at the time of the lethal Israeli firing that there was no reported Hezbollah military activity within 3 miles of the observation post. As for the larger charge that you often repeat, that the Hezbollah hides among civilians this writer contends, unlike the PLO, it is isn't so 'The hiding among civilians' myth
Also, I thought it wasn't such a long time ago , at least pre- Dubya , that the US also aspired to be the honest broker'' in the MId East. If the US and Britain can no longer perform it (with their too obvious tilt to Israel ,and the UN is discredited who could..the Nato is thought to be too western power anchored ? for the Arabs , who the EU? No..As Churchill said (or should have)" a committee has no trousers" as was born out in the recent fiasco in Rome...I really don't know? so I guess it will have to the ineffective UN after all, by default.

Blair and Bush calling for ... (Below threshold)
914:

Blair and Bush calling for a UN peace force?

Do they mean now they want the Isrealis to be raped and sodomized now as well as having increasingly higher tech rockets fired at them?

The UN should go F... themselves!

Jay, today you say (above) ... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Jay, today you say (above) "My own theory, backed up by considerable evidence, is that Israel was targeting Hezbollah combatants who were around and in the UN station, rendering it protected status null and void."

but yesterday you said "I've read a lot about that attack since, and I am coming to the conclusion that Annan's initial statement was correct, and the attack was deliberate and not a mistake, not a miss."

What happened between these two posts that made you change your mind?

I know it's a quaint notion... (Below threshold)
cubanbob:

I know it's a quaint notion but should not the Lebanese Army be the military force in South Lebanon to insure no further attacks on Israel?

In the mean time the Israeli's should attack UN forces as they are aiding Hezbollah.

The whole broker business is such a sham, how does one broker between criminals and their minions(terrorists and their Arab state sponsors) and Israel? There is no need to continue such frauds. Israel should not consider any ceasefires, only the surrender of her enemies and we should let her finish off her enemies who are also no friends of ours as well.

Lee,What happened ... (Below threshold)
Red Fog:

Lee,

What happened between wanting to nuke Islam to get Osama and now inexplicably saying it's too late?

Lee: The concrete-operational strategist.

To bad Kofi wasnt at His po... (Below threshold)
914:

To bad Kofi wasnt at His post to take one for the team? Him and Clinton and Osama have a lot in common.. Never around when the bombs fly.

Red Froggie: "What happe... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Red Froggie: "What happened between wanting to nuke Islam to get Osama and now inexplicably saying it's too late?"

I'm really tired of you trolling me, Froggie, and you are doing a disservice to the readers by taking threads off-topic this way, but what I said was the use of the nuclear option to get OBL in Afghanistan in late 2001 would have been justified back then, and supported by the American people, back when we had a good idea where he was. Now that Bush has declared that the doesn't care about getting OBL it is obviously too late.

So, if we knew where Osama ... (Below threshold)
Red Fog:

So, if we knew where Osama was and Bush cared about that info, you'd drop a nuclear warhead on Osama?

Wow. What an idiot.

No, you cretin, as I said i... (Below threshold)
Lee:

No, you cretin, as I said it is now too late, your President blew it, and the man principally responsible for attacking us on our soil on 9/11 and killing thousands of Americans is running free -- because the republican adminstration just doesn't care.

Yes, we should have chase OBL down, located him, and nuked him into the next solar system back in 2001 when the majority of americans would have supported such action. It would have shown the "terror community" that we were serious about terrorism. Re-electing the chimp as president proves we're not. We'll have another chance in 2008.

/end rant
/begin ignore

Lee asks:"What hap... (Below threshold)

Lee asks:

"What happened between these two posts that made you change your mind?"

Not a damned thing. The two are simply different ways of stating the same thing. Let me clarify my interpretation of events, and I'll try to use small words:

The attack was NOT an accident or a missed shot. The IAF was attacking Hezbollah, who were set up around and within the peacekeepers' location. The terrorists bet their lives that the IAF would NOT attack them due to their proximity to the peacekeepers -- they were using them as human shields. The IAF attacked them anyway.

If you read the e-mails from the Canadian killed, you see that Hezbollah was regularly setting up fixed positions near and even within their bases. Threatening and hiding behind innocents is precisely what Hezbollah does. That is their primary tactic. They depend on their enemies having too much respect for the innocent to risk harming them.

The IDF has learned through bitter experience that concessions to Hezbollah today guarantees many more dead innocents tomorrow.

J.

Lee says: "Yes, we should h... (Below threshold)
Red Fog:

Lee says: "Yes, we should have chase OBL down, located him, and nuked him into the next solar system back in 2001 when the majority of americans would have supported such action. It would have shown the "terror community" that we were serious about terrorism. Re-electing the chimp as president proves we're not. We'll have another chance in 2008."

Soooo, Lee thinks the democrats want to use a nuclear warhead to eliminate Osama? Since when!? Essentially, all I've done is to highlight your illogical 'known facts' and heretofore left you twisting in the wind, fool.

Let's get our facts straigh... (Below threshold)
Robert Youngston:

Let's get our facts straight. The Israeli soldiers abducted were on Lebanon's side of the border. Don't let the Neo-cons (and AIPAC) destroy true conservatives. Israel's war is the undercard. As Israel attacks her neighbors, the US erodes rights at home by detaining protestors in cages, stealing private lands, pressuring Amazon to drop the book "America Deceived" by E.A. Blayre III and illegally wire-tapping phones. Soon, the US will attack Iran (for Israel) throwing the entire region into chaos. Mix in another false-flag attack on US soil (like 9/11) and the public will beg for the 'safety' of One World Gov't.
Final link (before Google Books is forced to drop the title):
America Deceived - Book

wow.Robert Youn... (Below threshold)
Wanderlust:

wow.

Robert Youngston has been drinking something, if not the far, far left fringe's kool-aid.

Read up, "Robert": I can't think of anyone here who posts, nor have I seen anyone in the comments, who is begging for a "one-world government" of any kind.

If the UN is indicative of what that one government would look like, damn. Get me out of here, stat.




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