Sunday, September 03, 2006

Unifil's Unfulfilled Promises

Dr. André Nahum is a Jewish writer of North African ancestry, apparently Tunisian. He is known as a writer of novels and stories with Jewish themes and he is a radio host at Radio Judaïques FM. Other than that I know very little about him. Nor do I know what he is a doctor of. (There is an André Nahum school of Japanese shiatsu in Paris, but I cannot connect our writer to the school). There is an interesting interview he conducted at Primo-Europe that I would like to translate someday.

This excerpt, posted by Occidentalis, seems to be drawn from his radio show, but it could also be an article he published - it isn't clear which it is. At any rate, he points to the reasons why the so-called UN peace-keepers in Southern Lebanon, are useless, even dangerous, to Israel.

Can we trust the UN?

Resolution 1701 calls for the liberation of the two soldiers, and so far we have only vague promises of negotiations.

It calls for the disarming of Hezbollah and Kofi Annan has warned us that this is not the job of the multinational forces.

It also stipulated that the Syrian-Lebanese border was to be guarded to prevent the reconstitution of the shiite militia's arsenal. Now...

...we learn that the UN forces will not patrol this border since both Syria and Lebanon oppose it.

So, there are serious doubts: If the mission of the international force is not to free the captives, not to disarm Hezbollah, not to prevent the replenishing of its stock of missiles or its rebuilding of blockhouses, what exactly is its mission?

If the UN soldiers have nothing to do but live together in joy and amusement with Hezbollah, will they not become a serious obstacle for Israel, in the event it has to intervene again?

So, when we learn that Mr. Kofi Annan has admonished Israel for presumed violations of the cease-fire and orders it to raise the air and naval blockade of Lebanon, while not one of the conditions of resolution 1701 has been fulfilled, we cannot help asking ourselves questions, serious questions.

The article received several interesting comments from readers. Here are some excerpts:

- President Chirac is not just pro-Arab, he is also pro-Hezbollah, in his actions as in his strategy. The Arab League purchased Europe in June 1975, at the time of the Strasbourg accords and the threat of an oil embargo. The politicians were sold to Islamization - by definition. Given this, their actions are in keeping with their betrayal of republican values. As for Lebanon, the war waged by Hezbollah is nothing more or less than classic jihad, the Muslim religious war, the Holy War for the eradication of Israel from the planet, following the orders of its chief, Ahmadinejad, the madman of Allah. Chirac, who so insisted to the United Nations to stop the process of eliminating the green fascists so that Hezbollah could be saved, will do what is necessary to prevent Israel from disarming the militia. A vicious method, but completely in the nature of the man...

- Unfortunately I believe that the current crop of Israeli leaders lacks vision and guts, and is fundamentally wrong in its policies of nice boy scouts who think clean thoughts. Sorry, but Ben Gurion is always right. I hope that the people of Israel will replace them as soon as possible with tough men of a different stripe. It's a question of survival. In any case, it seems that the people of Israel are clamoring loudly for change. Let's hope so, for Israel is the West's front line against the green plague. That citadel must not fall. No matter what it takes. As for Ben Shirak, Sarko (and Le Pen?), Annan, the Hitlers of Tehran, and the barking dog of Damascus (let's not forget CNN, the BBC, and Total), it is all "objectively" the same thing, as our dear materialistic dialecticians used to say...

- During this war, the Israelis worked like Arabs! They didn't finish the job. They should have gone into Iran and Syria, so as to cut off the supply of arms to Hezbollah, and let Chirac and his crew bray like asses. I'm French Catholic, I count on Israel to defend my life and the lives of those dear to me.

- I am neither Jewish nor Israeli, and yet I feel that, democracy or no democracy, Olmert and his Defense Minister have been catastrophic in terms of managing the Lebanese conflict. This is something new for Israel, that had grown accustomed to success and efficiency, even when it was 1 against 100. Where are the "Golda Meirs, Moshe Dayans, Rabins, Sharons..." who aroused the admiration and respect of all the armies of the free world?...Since Sharon, Israel has been in a period of political mediocrity, causing a drop in motivation among its young soldiers...It is time for this country to recover its proper reflexes and its far-sighted officers worthy of the name...


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