Aug 16 2006
I predicted here. long before one was in place, that Hezbollah, Syria and Iran had no interest in a real cease fire because Iran needs the diversion of International Community’s attention away from its nuclear weapons. I noted Hezbollah first violation of the proposed agreement here, where Hezbollah refused to stop fightin Isrealis still in Lebanon. I noted Hezbollah’s next violation of the now implemented agreement here where they refused to be disarmed. And I noted Hezbollah’s latest violation of the cease fire agreement here where they refused to move their weapons out of Southern Lebanon. Finally Israel has had enough and laid down the law:
The IDF will have to resume operations in Lebanon if the expanded United Nations force being assembled does not fulfill its obligation to dismantle Hizbullah, an official in the Prime Minister’s Office warned on Tuesday.
Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora and Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah reportedly reached a deal allowing Hizbullah to keep its weapons but refrain from exhibiting them in public. Israeli officials called the arrangement a violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which passed over the weekend and was approved on Sunday by the cabinet.
“The resolution is clear that Hizbullah needs to be removed from the border area, embargoed and dismantled,” the official said. “If the resolution is not implemented, we will have to take action to prevent the rearming of Hizbullah. I don’t think backtracking will serve any useful purpose. There has to be pressure on Hizbullah to disarm or there will have to be another round.”
Iran cannot afford peace right now – they are too busy trying to build their nuclear weapon. My fear is they will use it on Israel as their first demonstration of their new power. Which of course will be their last demonstration.
Update: Ed Morrissey has a good take on this situation at his site. I personally think the US and Israel gave the UN and Hezbollah enough rope to figuratively hang themselves and push any more UN options off the table. We shall see what the coming days bring. I expect a provacation attack by Hezbollah any day now.