Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Interesting Picture

Over at Israellycool, I noticed the following photo. Apparently, this alleged to be a photograph of the UNFIL. If it is, then I have to wonder at the impartiality of any UN-authorized peacekeeping force that may be dispatched to Southern Lebanon.

On the other hand, part of me wants the UN to stay out of the mess entirely. Previous UN missions have been so successful. Witness UNDOF (which worked in the sense that Syria stopped using their own artillery and started to support terrorist groups which used rockets from Lebanon instead) and UNTSO, founded in 1948 and is the oldest peacekeeping mission in the world (despite the fact that there has been 1956 Suez Campaign, 1967 Six Day War, 1970 - 1971 War of Attrition, 1973 Yom Kippur War, 1982 Lebanon Invasion). And of course, there was UNFIL, established with the mission "confirm Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, restore the international peace and security, and help the Lebanese Government restore its effective authority in the area." This was in 1978, after the first attempt by Israel to clear terrorist bases of operation from southern Lebanon was thwarted by the UN. Apparently 28 years, continuing use of the region by terrorist groups attacking Israel, two invasions (one by Israel, one by Syria) and protracted civil war is the UN's definition of restoring internation peace and security.

Then again, what could one expect from an organization that allows gross human rights violators to head the commission on human rights? That has passed a resolution 3379 (stating that Zionism was racism and equated it to apartheid), but never passed an equivalent resolution condemning the PLO, Hamas, Hezbullah, or any other Islamic terrorist group with the avowed purpose of eliminating the Jewish state and expelling the jews (these groups all espousing a "doctrine of racial differentiation or superiority")? Or that failed to act against senior members who accepted kickbacks from a country that was working to circumvent an embargo designed to punish it for waging aggressive wars and brutally repressing ethnic minorities? Or failed to keep refugee camps places of refuge, instead of bases for operation by irregular, un-uniformed combatants (See paragraph 45 of the UN report)? Or for that matter, allowed its ambulances to be used to transport weapons for terrorist groups?

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