UNIFIL-2 A Force of None

UNIFIL-2 A Force of None
Vol: 60 Issue: 29 Friday, September 29, 2006

The United Nations stepped in to stop the Israeli-Lebanon conflict by creating a new UN force to replace the totally ineffective UNIFIL force with the new and improved UNIFIL-2 force.

Kofi Annan had nothing but praise for the old UNIFIL operation, under whose watch Israeli soldiers were kidnapped by Hezbollah terrorists wearing UN uniforms while UN troops videotaped the whole thing for an episode of “Islam’s Funniest Home Videos”.

Of course, Israel had a less glowing assessment of the allegedly neutral peacekeeping force. When Israel learned of the videotape, the UN blocked Israel from viewing the tape for seven months — at first denying it even existed. But lying is ok if you are the UN.

After being forced to admit the existence of the tape, Kofi Annan refused to allow the Israelis to see it until after the perpetrator’s identities had been pixeled out. That was the old UNIFIL force.

What about the new and improved version? First, let’s consider their mission, as defined by UN Security Council resolution 1701.

Resolution 1701 calls for “full implementation of the relevant provisions of the Taif Accords, and of resolutions 1559 (2004) and 1680 (2006), that require the disarmament of all armed groups in Lebanon, so that, pursuant to the Lebanese cabinet decision of July 27, 2006, there will be no weapons or authority in Lebanon other than that of the Lebanese state.”

Setting aside for a second the fact that Hezbollah is a legally elected part of the Lebanese state, rendering 1701 meaningless, Kofi Annan announced that the UNIFIL force had NO AUTHORITY to disarm Hezbollah. So, what did the resolution actually mean?

Well, it means that if Israel enters Lebanon with arms, they are in violation. Hezbollah has carte blanche to do whatever it wants, unless the Lebanese government, which is controlled by Hezbollah, objects.

According to UN mastermind Kofi Annan, The understanding was that it would be the Lebanese who would disarm [Hezbollah]. I think it is also generally accepted that the disarmament of Hezbollah cannot be done by force. It has to be a political agreement between the Lebanese; there has to be a Lebanese consensus and an agreement among them to disarm. In fact, before the war, this issue was part of a national dialogue going on in Lebanon; I hope they will return to it in earnest. Obviously, if at some stage they need advice or some help from the international community and they were to approach us, we would consider it, but the troops are not going in there to disarm.

UNIFIL2 isn’t there to implement UN resolutions. It is there to give Lebanon advice on how to implement UN resolutions against itself.

The force, formally known as the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon 2, The Sequel, now has 5,000 troops on the ground, including 1,000 from Italy. The force is larger and better equipped than an earlier UNIFIL contingent, which was weaker and smaller, but just as useless.

But that is like saying this inoperable car is larger and better equipped than the old inoperable car. And if you could start it, it might get better mileage.

But since you can’t start it, who cares? It looks nice in the driveway.

The UNIFIL forces say they cannot set up checkpoints, search cars, homes or businesses or detain suspects. If they see a truck transporting missiles, for example, they say they can not stop it.

So, what CAN they do? They can ask the Lebanese Army, who, as you’ll recall, take their orders from the Lebanese government, whom, as you’ll recall, is HEZBOLLAH!

When the resolution was approved, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, one of its principal architects, said the force s deployment would help protect the Lebanese people and prevent armed groups such as Hezbollah from destabilizing the area.

But the Lebanese people elected Hezbollah as their government. But that’s not important now. What is important is that there is a UN force without a mandate working indirectly for Hezbollah as part of a plan drawn up by Condi Rice to protect everybody from, well, Hezbollah.

Umm, are you confused yet? No? Well, stay with me. We can all follow the White Rabbit down the hole together. Maybe we aren’t too late for tea with the March Hare and the Mad Hatter.

The United Nations officials say their primary duty, and the one that carries the most long-term benefits for both sides, is to help strengthen the Lebanese Army so it can disarm Hezbollah.

If Hezbollah doesn’t mind, that is.

For now, officials say the first priority is to make sure that all of the Israeli Defense Forces withdraw from Lebanon. At the moment, the Israelis are too close for Hezbollah to fire rockets at them.

( Step back a bit. Farther . . farther. . . there! That’s perfect. Now smile and say, ‘Allah loves you.’ )

So, let’s recap before babbling on. The best thing for both sides is to strengthen the Lebanese Army which, as already noted, is answerable to Hezbollah, whom the UN resolutions demand be disarmed.

By whom? By the Lebanese Army that the UN is there to strengthen. But wait! Isn’t that the same as strengthening Hezbollah, who the UN is supposed to disarm?

Of course not! UNIFIL2 is there to help Israel. Aren’t you paying attention?

Assessment:

Evidently, strengthening the Lebanese Army which is governed by Hezbollah will enable the Lebanese to disarm Hezbollah, who is on record as refusing to lay down its arms.

And all of this is of benefit to Israel who, being thus benefited, are required to immediately withdraw from Lebanon, since the UN has handled the Hezbollah threat by turning control over to the Lebanese Army.

The process involves weekly meetings along the border to set up a schedule that allows Israel to withdraw and the United Nations forces to move in, followed by the Lebanese forces, who are actually Hezbollah, whom the Lebanese are there to disarm, so Israel can go home without worrying.

And just to make sure, UNIFIL is there with a mandate to ask the Lebanese Army what it is allowed to do before it does anything.

The UN calls this a ‘formula’ for ending the war started by Hezbollah when it violated every single international convention by invading Israeli territorial integrity to illegally take hostages in violation of existing UN regulations that call hostage taking a war crime.

Is it clear now? No? What are you? Dense? Let me try again. . .

The UN’s formula calls on the Lebanese Army, which is governed by Hezbollah, to disarm Hezbollah with the aid of 15,000 UN troops who are forbidden by Kofi Annan to disarm Hezbollah as required by existing UN resolutions.

So the UN sent 5,000 troops, instead. That way, they are too under-manned to disarm Hezbollah anyway.

Have you got it yet? No? Sheesh! Let’s keep trying.

The Lebanese forces under Hezbollah command are nervous about the new UNIFIL2 forces because they are better equipped than the old UNIFIL contingent, so the Lebanese are afraid of the new UNIFIL2 forces who are under orders to do the Lebanese Army’s bidding.

So, instead, the Lebanese Army under Hezbollah’s command is having the UNIFIL2 forces fix the damage done by the Israelis who invaded Lebanon after Hezbollah invaded them first and kidnapped their soldiers.

In one village where the Italian contingent contributed $3,000 to buy material to fix a school damaged by Israeli raids, the local mayor noted, It was a very nice gesture by the Italians.

(“Say. . . , you guys are all right But you forgot the pizza and beers.”)

Here is how UNIFIL 2 operates, according to an account in the New York Times:

Not far away, on a busy road heading toward Beirut, Italian Colonel Cappellaro stood beside two armored personnel carriers and 11 of his soldiers as cars sped by. He said that they were conducting a static point, as opposed to a checkpoint.

If they saw anything suspicious they would notify the Lebanese Army, who would then report it to Lebanon’s Hezbollah government and wait for instructions to pass back down to Colonel Cappalero.

When you don t know each other s procedures, you can not overlap, the Colonel told the NY Times reporter before climbing into his jeep and driving off.

So THAT is what the UN’s military force is doing to keep the peace between Israel and Lebanon. Trying not to overlap.

Is it clear yet? Or do I have to explain it again?

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Christian, father, husband, veteran, pilot, and sinner saved by grace. I am a firm believer in, and follower of Jesus Christ. I am Pre-Trib, Dispensational, and Non-Denominational (but I lean Southern Baptist).

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