Saturday, October 21, 2006

An Exercise For IAF Skywriters

Readers will be shocked by reports that the gallant French UN force in Lebanon - while declining to disarm Hizbollah - demands the IAF stops observing this appeasement. This offers the IAF an excellent training opportunity.

report (my ellipsis):

(The) French Defense Minister...warned that Israeli air violations in Lebanon were "extremely dangerous" and must end in the interest of all parties.

(She) spoke to reporters after holding talks with UN chief Kofi Annan and...the French head of the UN peacekeeping operations, that focused on the Israeli intrusions into Lebanese air space.

"These violations are extremely dangerous because they may be felt as hostile by forces of the coalition that could be brought to retaliate in case of self-defense and it would be a very serious incident," the French minister said.

But...the Israeli foreign ministry spokesman, retorted...

"Three weeks ago our forces pulled out of Lebanon, and we have implemented our most important obligations under UN resolution 1701," he said. "But every objective person should recognize that is far from the case concerning the Lebanese and their obligations." (Not the mention the French)

"Contrary to resolution 1701, two Israeli soldiers kidnapped by Hezbollah haven't been freed, Hizbollah's military infrastructure south of the Litani river has not been dismantled, and Hizbollah's rearming continues," he said.

Taking a shot at the IAF would indeed be "very serious", since its response would litter the Lebanese landscape with tiny pieces of French persons.

Better, the Israelis should deter the French by using a couple of F-16s to skywrite this above their Lebanese cantonment: