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12 August 2006

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Piotr Chmielarz

in my opinion this resolution is nothing other than repeating of Munich not in Europe but on Middle East. This resolution told that no foreign army can be on territory of Lebanon. What forces can force israeli army to withdraw. This resolution told that Hezbollah can't repeat fire and allow Israeli army on defence but what creators of this resolution mean by defence in my opinion this give permision israeli army on continuation of offensive. In this resolution is written that only lebanon army can be on south. What can be told about this army now? this army does'nt defend country not only in 1982 but they aren't defending it now. This army is good enough for military parade but not to fight. There is only one true army in Lebanon now Hezbollah. In my opinion Israeli can easy have their north border on river Litanii if they weren't forced to withdraw from south Lebanon by Hezbollah. In my opinion this resolution gives israel permision for annexation territory of south Lebanon to river Litanii nad further annexion of Lebanon territory. 1982 Hezbollah
2006 ?

blowback

Full respect for the Blue Line by both parties - there go all of Israel's overflights of Lebanon, one of Hezbollah's demands.

No foreign forces in Lebanon - does this mean that the White House hasn't realized that Hezbollah is an indigenous resistance movement? Does Bush understand what indigenous means?

Dan Halutz has announced that he is going to ignore the ceasefire anyway.

Mr Halutz told Sky News the army will obey the ceasefire only once it is implemented and will continue to operate until Israel achieves its aims.

So how can the ceasefire be implemented if the Israeli army is going to obey it only once it is implemented? Are they expecting Hezbollah to stop fighting so that the IDF can destroy them?

jamzo

PL

listened to you on NPR news piece at 8:00 am this morning

it was a disconcerting experience -you and newt gingrich in the same context

newt calling for regime change in iran followed by your realistic assessment of US and Israeli military options

zanzibar

I guess if HA and Lebanese army are interchangeable then then this cease-fire arrangement would make sense from a HA perspective. What I don't get is since both IDF and HA are belligerents and HA has pretty much held the IDF to the starting line why did they not push to have an equivalence in the agreement? For example have UNIFIL monitors on both sides of the border in a demilitarized zone with no IAF overflights. Is HA giving up with this deal all the positions and construction details of all their bunkers and tunnels and fortifications that they have used so effectively?

Now, what's up with this last push by the IDF? Does Olmert need to have a few IDF soldiers plant the Israeli flag on the bank of the Litani as a photo-op to remain in power?

Curious how folks here feel this will play out on two levels a) the Shia crescent b) Cheney/Bush neo-cons' "GWOT" and ME domination.

Ferdinand

If this ceasefire does play out as planned, I'm curious about the UNIFIL force. Secretary Rice says it will be extremely "robust," will be enabled to defend itself, etc. I wonder what level of engagement will be displayed by this new UN force. "Peacekeepers" (simply maintaining order inside the buffer zone)? Or will it undertake combat operations and try to apprehend/kill suspected Hizbullah? I can't imagine that Israel could be satisfied with anything less than that. Which strikes me as a departure from how UN troops have traditionally acted. Is the UN to fight Israel's own war of attrition for them?

W. Patrick Lang

All

I think you have to think about the Israeli options now that their troops are on the Litani.

Are they going to cooperate with a possible HA attemot to withdraw its armed force north of the Litani? It would be most uncharacteristic of them to do so. they have a record of ignoring the niceties, i.e., neutrality, cease fires, et.

Would they allow the UN force to escort these enemies to north of the river under UN protection? It would be interesting to see.

Will HA prefer to continue to fight the Israelis south of the river? Maybe. pl

Montag

Israeli troops on the Litani River are as mirage-like as the German troops in Stalingrad who briefly reached the Volga River--only to see futility on the other side.

Newt Gingrich has a wealth of experience--at claiming a wealth of experience.

Mo

Col,
I think the real fly in the ointment of this ceasefire is that HA will not stop attacks while the Israelis are on Lebanese soil. The ceasefire will be called Monday, but I'm guessing HA will ignore it. The rocket attacks on Israel may stop but HA will claim Israels continued occupation as offensive while the IDF will claim it to be defensive.

In regards to being at the Litani, I beleive they had to airlift soldiers in order to make that claim. Current reports suggest fighting is still going on around Taibe and Marjayoun(yet another of those villages they had already "taken").

I dont know if US media are showing an IDF clip of their soldiers in action in the "Lebanese village of Ghandourieh", but I have seen such a clip today, except there is a buiding in the clip that clearly has a Hebrew sign above it.

Is the NPR news piece jamzo referred to available on the web?

W. Patrick Lang

Mo

Light troops in airheads on the river line are vulnerable until reached by ground columns. pl

Abu Sinan

All this resolution does is guarantee round two in years or decades to come.

Bush and Rice kept on talking about laying the grounf work for a real and lasting peace by address the root causes of the violence.

By this they meant disarming Hizb'Allah, ignoring the history that Hizb'Allah was simply just an out growth of Israeli actions.

There will be violence in the future if the Palestinian issue isnt dealt with, as well as the small area of disputed Lebanese have occupied since their previous withdrawl and the occupation of Syrian land.

THESE are the root issues, not Hizb'Allah arms.

blowback

Mo/Pat Does A Bridge Too Far ring any bells.
The Litani River as Billmon points out and this map shows runs very close to the Israeli border so the claim that the Israelis have reached the Litani means very little. For scale, the distance between the closest point to the Litani and the coast is about twenty miles.

Mo

blowback, so close and they still required airlifting in. As the Colonel points out and the helicopter taken out tonight testifies, this is a risky move just so Olmert can say he got to the Litani. I can think of little worse than a politician who risks his troops lives for such a limited political gain.

jamzo

mo asked if npr report with Newt and PL was online

here is the link

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5639636

blowback

John Bolton, in an interview with the caterwauling Pammy of Atlas Shrugs, strongly suggests that the resolution provides cover for the Israelis to continue attacking Hezb'allah. He starts by implying that the war is not going as expected in southern Lebanon. He then goes on to say that the resolution calls on Israel to stop offensive activity but qualifies that with "Israel is acting in legitimate self-defense". He further states that Hezb'allah is a terrorist organization and that "terrorist organizations cannot condust legitimate military operations".

Health warning: Listening to Pammy can damage your sanity.

searp

Seems to me that the underlying problem for the Israelis is that they simply cannot mortally wound HA.

(1) HA is supported by millions of potential military recruits
(2) HA has legitimized itself in the Lebanese political sphere
(3) HA has external support that guarantees money and weapons. Sure, it can be made harder, but it cannot be completely cut off.

I do not believe HA can be militarily defeated. Israel (and the US) will have to completely re-think our ME policies.

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