Friday, 25 August 2006
So now the French — shamed at the exposure of chicanery so blatant anyone outside Foggy Bottom could have seen coming from a mile away — are going to send 2000 rather than 200 troops to join the "robust international force" that will police the "sustainable ceasefire" in Lebanon. Fabulous!
This morning's Washington Post story demonstrates what a charade this is. It reports that
This is strawman diplomacy if ever there was. The point of "robust" was not supposed to be about whether the international force was going to be able to defend itself — that was assumed. The idea was to have a force that would deal with Hezbollah since the Lebanese can't (or, more accurately, don't wish to).
And no one is worried about Hezbollah or Israeli massacres against Lebanese civilians. The concern is Hezbollah using southern Lebanon as a platform for jihad against Israel.
The bottom line is that the international force is going to do exactly nothing about Hezbollah — except complicate matters when Hezbollah inevitably attacks again and Israel has to worry about collateral UN casualties when it responds.
This is embarrassing
Posted on 08/25/2006 7:21 AM by Andy McCarthy
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