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Hezbollah Will Keep Its Weapons

Hezbollah and Lebanon blatantly violate the cease-fire without a peep from the UN.

Hizbullah will not hand over its weapons to the Lebanese government but rather refrain from exhibiting them publicly, according to a new compromise that is reportedly brewing between Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Seniora and Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah.

The UN cease-fire resolution specifically demands the demilitarization of the area south of the Litani river. The resolution was approved by the Lebanese cabinet.

In a televised address on Monday night, Nasrallah declared that now was not the time to debate the disarmament of his guerrilla fighters, saying the issue should be done in secret sessions of the government to avoid serving Israeli interests.

"This is immoral, incorrect and inappropriate," he said. "It is wrong timing on the psychological and moral level particularly before the cease-fire," he said in reference to calls from critics for the guerrillas to disarm.

According to Lebanon's defense minister, Elias Murr, "There will be no other weapons or military presence other than the army" after Lebanese troops move south of the Litani. However, he then contradicted himself by saying the army would not ask Hizbullah to hand over its weapons.

With Lebanon allowing Hezbollah to remain armed, Israeli troops need to stay in Lebanon instead of what they are currently doing, which is pulling out.

Update: Check out Caroline Glicks' piece, which says that Olmert's government must go. Ms. Glick writes the Bush Administration lost faith in Israel's leadership and its ability to defeat Hezbollah. She makes a compelling argument that is shared by many people.

Update II: Howard Mortman quotes Jeff Greenfield on Imus this morning. Here's a portion:

DeKlerk gave up, in the best possible sense, South Afirca - he said, 'we can't keep this going any more.' The colonial forces, the British and French and others said we can't run this part of the world anymore.

Essentially Mikhail Gorbachev gave up that malicious dream of a totalitarian state could change the world.

And in the American south, the white southerners, the segregationists, they were made to give up, said you know what, we can't do this anymore. So the question I get is, who gives up what?"

If it were only that simple. Israel has already given up a lot. It withdrew from the Gaza Strip, part of the West Bank, and Southern Lebanon. Yet, Hezbollah and its allies still are not happy. Hezbollah, on the other hand, refuses to give up its weapons, its power, or its intent to destroy Israel.

What's going on between Israel and Hezbollah is much larger and more difficult to solve than by one side giving up something. This is about Islamofascists who think that Israel's existence is an affront to their religion and will not stop until Israel is annihilated. How does Israel negotiate with an organization like that?


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Comments (8)

What's so hard to understan... (Below threshold)

What's so hard to understand about this? The pulling-out Israeli troops turn back around and get back to work...looks like the cease fire lasted, what, less than 48 hrs before Hezbollah violated it?

The phrase "UN peacekeeping... (Below threshold)

The phrase "UN peacekeeping" is a contradiction in terms.

"Oh, sure, we won't disarm Hezbollah - but we are making them keep their arsenal hidden, mmmkay? Isn't that just as good? Can we go about our usual raping and pillaging of the area now?"

Politically, Olmert is cold, stale, burnt toast. He should have refused all entreaties to negotiated ceasefire until his preconditions were met: the kidnapped soldiers returned, and the missile barrage ended. He should have stood firm that there would be no discussion at all until those things happen. THEN he would have had some leverage to demand a verifiable disarming.

He got nothing, instead, and I'll be surprised if his government survives to the next scheduled elections. Iran has already rejected the "arms embargo" on Hezbollah as "illogical."

It's a political and moral victory for Hezbollah. Sure, they were physically hurt, badly, but now they've sued for peace to rebuild and rearm, and they look like they "went the distance with the champ" - something no Arab army has ever been able to do.

Stick a fork in Olmert.

You know what kind of makes... (Below threshold)

You know what kind of makes me laugh is headlines like:

-Iran, Syria laud Hezbollah, mock U.S.


-Palestinians being named after Hezbollah

So Hezbollah cries for a ceasefire and then declares a victory when one is implemented. I suppose it is a victory since they've continued to fire off rockets inside Lebanon and are not disarming, and furthermore there is nary a peep about the missing soldiers that were the main cause of the conflict to begin with.

I hear alot of blustering and threatening on the part of the terrorists here, but haven't heard anything from say, France or the U.N. about their attitude. Are they being that transparent to hand Hezbollah, Iran and Syria victory, even a perceived one, so publicly? To be fair, I'll have to include the U.S. here because we were part of the plan.

Well, the way this has turned out I hope will be yet another lesson to everyone just what happens when you give in...or, I'm sorry negotiate with terrorists.

Ceasfire = Glorious Victory, Evidence that the West is weak, Reason to name your children 'Nasrallah', A restoration of dignity.

Good points, heralder...thi... (Below threshold)

Good points, heralder...this fits the pattern as well as any other attempt against Israel:

1) say you're going to destroy Israel
2) attack Israel
3) get your butt handed to you by Israel
4) cry for the international community to pull your bacon out of the fire
5) declare victory
6) rinse, rearm, repeat

I continue to be dumbfounded by the fact that the 'average muhammed' in the street continues to support these losers, especially in the face of how beneficial peaceful relations are with the west...I guess when you get right down to it, if you're unemployed and living in a stone hut in a desert you'd rather be killed as a result of the actions of those you support than be lifted up into the 21st century and have to get a job by joining the rest of the civilized world...the world, by the way, which would be more than happy to let you continue to practice your religion - or at least the parts that don't involve world conquest

Bush has lost faith in Isra... (Below threshold)
Mak44 rest in peace:

Bush has lost faith in Israels ability? Were treating the terrorists the same way in Iraq as in caring about civillian casualties as the Israelis are treating innocents in Lebanon.

Does this mean Bush has lost faith in His own ability to defeat terrorists?

Enough already, just flatten the place.

Deja vu -- Israel ALREADY s... (Below threshold)

Deja vu -- Israel ALREADY stayed in southern Lebanon for 20 years to rather disastrous consequences. Been there, done that.

Anyway, I guess the military tie against Hezbollah is about the expected outcome. Without hitting terrorism at its financial sources, Syria and Iran, this war was rather pointless.

BTW, how's the IRA's disarm... (Below threshold)

BTW, how's the IRA's disarmament going?

And isn't it rather remarkable that a terrorist group--that had a social/political wing--got a free pass for all those years when it came to fundraising in the US? Even when our ally complained.

But I guess we've learned a thing or two since then...

looks like the cease fir... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

looks like the cease fire lasted, what, less than 48 hrs before Hezbollah violated it?

Well, that's 47 hours longer than I was expecting.
Gotta admire the restraint.






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