The Failure Of The United Nations In Lebanon
Assist the LAF in taking steps towards the establishment between the Blue Line and the Litani river of an free of any armed personnel, assets and weapons other than those of the Government of Lebanon and of UNIFIL deployed in this area.
Without actually naming the predicted troublemaker, the United Nations had committed to preventing a buildup of Hezbollah bunkers and munitions dumps throughout civilian areas of southern Lebanon. This wasn't just in the aim of preventing another war between Hezbollah and Israel. It was also going to help prevent Hezbollah becoming physically dominant and using its leverage to help take over the Lebanese state.
Just five years later, the Lebanese state is basically owned by Hezbollah. Meanwhile, as maps of Southern Lebanon provided to the Washington Post via Israel show, the territory is strewn with about 1,000 Hezbollah military sites and facilities, almost all of them within rock-throwing distance of schools, hospitals and mosques -- even worse, the heavily fortified El-Khiam village is within just a few hundred meters of a UNIFIL base.
If UNIFIL is not going to fulfill its mandate, they might as well leave. Right now, they're only useless. But in the event of hostilities between Hezbollah and Israel, they'll be worse than useless as human shields protecting Iranian-backed terrorists. Do the job or get out.
Jonathon Narvey is the Editor of The Propagandist