Thursday, July 20, 2006

New UN Force for Southern Lebanon?

So the 2,000-strong United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) hasn't exactly kept the peace in southern Lebanon. Or stopped Hizbollah from turning northern Israel into a shooting gallery.

But ever hopeful, the international community wants a ceasefire to send a larger and of course far more effective UN force into southern Lebanon. To do what I don't know. I mean other than protect Hizbollah and allow the UN to generate press coverage about doing "something" to preserve peace. I'm sure the stout fellows of this new and improved UN force will take on the killers of Hizbollah and send them packing if they even think of nosing around their old rocket-launching sites.

You scoff at the idea that the international community will stop Hizbollah? You simpleton!

The international community must be angry with Hizbollah. I mean, the UN didn't authorize Hizbollah to attack Israel. So there was no international test, right? Hizbollah launched an illegal war, right?

Given the history and capabilities of the UN, I suggest the new UN force in Lebanon be called UNIFAIL. Or possibly UNIFUTILE.

Or am I being too cynical?

UPDATE: UNIFIL's mandate expires on July 31, 2006. Considering that its three missions in 1978 were to A. Confirm the withdrawal of Israeli forces; B. Restore international peace and security; and C. Assist the Government of Lebanon in ensuring the return of its effective authority in the area, I'd have to say that UNIFIL should just be allowed to lapse since in 28 years UNIFIL only seemed to focus on that first mission.