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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

UNIFIL disintegrating? France, Italy and Spain to pull troops?

Those of you who have lives may have missed the stories I ran over the weekend about UNIFIL stopping patrols in Lebanon, and about Hezbullah supporters attacking UNIFIL troops. At the end of that second post, I wrote:
The thing that is most likely to force the withdrawal of international 'peacekeepers' is being attacked by one side or the other. Most countries are unwilling to have their troops die to keep the peace between two other countries. How long do you think France will be willing to have its troops risk their lives to protect Israel? I doubt it would be willing to do so for a week.
That prediction seems to be pretty much on target.
France, Italy and Spain, who all contribute significantly to the UNIFIL force in southern Lebanon, are considering removing their troops from the country. France leads the process because its soldiers were attacked several times by residents of southern Lebanon with the encouragement of the Hizbullah.

Currently there are intensive efforts to prevent the French decision.
Since the Second Lebanon War ends in August, UNIFIL's mandate ought to expire next month.

What could go wrong?


At 11:50 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The UNIFIL mandate is not likely to be renewed, leaving Israel to face a rebuilt Hezbollah war machine alone.

What could go wrong indeed

At 5:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a sick joke this whole thing has been. unifil did nothing they were supposed to do. Israel was the only one that had to anything under this travesty of a un resolution. Israel needs to disregard the un in the future and do what is necessary to protect its citizens.


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