August 11, 2006
U.N. Approves Israel-Hezbollah Ceasefire
The U.N. Security council passed a ceasefire resolution that will bring in 15,000 U.N. peacekeepers to bolster the Lebanese army:
At the heart of the resolution are two elements: It seeks an immediate halt to the fighting that began July 12 when Hezbollah militants kidnapped two Israeli troops along the Blue Line, the U.N.-demarcated border separating Israel; and it spells out a series of steps that would lead to a permanent cease-fire and long-term solution.
Israel will withdraw in parallel from Hezbollah-controlled southern Lebanon when the U.N./Lebanese forces move in. Israel will still be allowed to continued defensive operations. They'll be able to launch attacks at Hezbollah rocket positions.
The resolution will stop the killing, but unless Hezbollah is disarmed and not allowed to simply build up its military stores with Syria's and Iran's help war will return.
Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert asked his cabinet to accept the deal while at the same time he ordered troops to push into southern Lebanon. He must see his window of opportunity closing and wants to damage Hezbollah as much as possible before the ceasefire is implemented.
Captain Ed sees the resolution as putting blame on Hezbollah. The terrorist organization indeed was the
Andrew McCarthy at The Corner declared an Israel defeat:
Hezbollah wins this big just by being legitmized. Hezbollah is a terrorist organization, not a country. The resolution we are signing on to, however, addresses it as if it were a country. The resolution doesn't purport to direct any UN member nation to make Hezbollah cease firing ó least of all Lebanon, the purported sovereign of this territory. Instead, it appeals to Hezbollah directly ó in the same paragraph in which it addresses Israel, as if there were no difference in status between the two ó and "calls on" it to stand down.
If Hezbollah is perceived in the region as being the victor then it will gain public support and make it difficult to be disarmed. An armed Hezbollah means future war with Israel since the goal of the organization is the destruction of the Jewish state.
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UPDATE: John Hawkins writes, "Actually, I think Israel has accomplished more than most people realize."del.icio.us | Digg it | Furl | reddit | Spurl | Yahoo MyWeb