Saturday, August 12, 2006

UN Security Council Resolution Overview

Reports Fox News:

The U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution Friday that calls for an end to the war between Israel and Hezbollah, and authorizes 15,000 U.N. peacekeepers to help Lebanese troops take control of south Lebanon as Israel withdraws.

And Israel is pleased about that, not being allowed to keep a troop presence in southern Lebanon. Who's going to stop Hezbollah, the UN? Yeah right! Olmert's early reaction from

A cease-fire deal being worked out by the Security Council fails to meet Israel's basic requirements , such as stationing robust international combat troops in southern Lebanon once Israel withdraws, Shariv said.

"Yesterday we were very optimistic, but they (the Security Council) took the wrong turn ," Shariv said.

But, back to the Fox story:

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert endorsed the resolution late Friday, after a day of brinksmanship including a threat to expand the ground war. Lebanon's Cabinet was to consider the draft on Saturday, but Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the Lebanese government assured her that it supported the text.

The first sign that the cease-fire is flawed is that the French and the Lebanese support it.

The story also has a little joke from Kofi:

With tough language in remarks before the vote, Annan said hundreds of millions of people around the world shared his frustration that the council had taken so long to act. That inaction has "badly shaken the world's faith in its authority and integrity ," he said.

Or maybe their complete ineptitude and policies of appeasement made the Security Council and the UN a joke years ago. What authority and integrity does the UN have left? The story goes on:

Although the draft resolution emphasizes the need for the "unconditional release" of the two Israeli soldiers whose July 12 capture by Hezbollah sparked the conflict, that call is not included in the list of steps required for a lasting cease-fire.

If Hezbollah doesn't release the two captured Israeli soldiers, than what can Israel say it has accomplished with this war (assuming they agree to this cease-fire)? They haven't destroyed Hezbollah, meaning attacks certainly won't cease. They haven't gotten their wish of an Israeli "buffer-zone" in southern Lebanon (which would have done little more than move the front, anyway). The only way to stop terrorism is to kill all of the terrorists. And another joke:

The political solution would include implementation of previous Security Council resolutions calling for Hezbollah's disarmament.

Hmm, resolutions that, like all UN resolutions ordering around evil terrorists and dictators, were ignored completely? Why would Hezbollah listen to them now?

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