Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Not So Friendly Fire

The United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon (UNIFIL) has been a spectacular failure, even by the standards of that corrupt organization, and should be withdrawn to prevent the deaths of more of its un-peacekeepers.

It was tasked with (my ellipsis):

...the following objectives:

(1) Confirm the withdrawal of Israeli forces from southern Lebanon;

(2) Restore international peace and security;

(3) Assist the Government of Lebanon in ensuring the return of its effective authority in the area.

(4) Additionally, the 2006 mandate extension required assisting the Lebanese government in establishing a "monopoly" on military action, adding impetus to disarm Hizbullah guerillas.

UNIFIL has clearly failed to achieve items 2, 3 and 4. Led by a Frenchman (a French general set up the UN's (un)safe havens in Bosnia), and with 2,000 poorly-equipped men, it was never going to take on Hezbollah. Instead, it supported them and put itself right in the middle of the war it failed to prevent (my emphasis):

Prior to the...Israel-Lebanon conflict of July 2006, Israel had been lobbying for UNIFIL to either take a more active role vis-a-vis Hezbollah (for example, preventing Hezbollah from setting up military posts adjacent to UNIFIL's in the hope this will deter Israel from attacking them), or to step out of the region (thereby voiding the Lebanese government's excuse for not deploying its army along the border).

Letting terrorists to build their bases next to your own is suicidal, since it makes you vulnerable to friendly fire, which kills about 20% of combatants.

UNIFIL's troops should head home and leave the Israelis to clear up the mess they were tasked with preventing.

And the UN should accept that no civilized country will ever again rely on its corrupt, sexually abusive and incompetent "peacekeepers".