Texas Rainmaker

The Weekly Standard has highlighted the U.N.’s definition of “neutrality” in the recent Hezbollah-Israeli conflict. Apparently being neutral means publishing specifics about Israeli troop movements daily… while giving vague references to Hezbollah fighters here and there.

Here is UNIFIL’s website listing the press releases they published during the recent conflict.

As I’m reading these press releases, I noticed one event that didn’t seem to get widespread play in the MSM (or mentioned by the U.N. either):

Three members of the Chinese contingent with UNIFIL were lightly wounded this morning, when one mortar round from the Hezbollah side, according to UNIFIL’s preliminary reports, impacted inside the Headquarters of the Chinese contingent in the area of Hinniyah in the western sector. They received medical assistance inside the position, and their condition is stable.

Where was the outrage? Where were the claims of this being intentional? Where was the international community calling for Hezbollah to cease these war crimes?

And about those Israeli attacks “on the U.N. forces”?

There were four incidents of firing from the Israeli side close to UNIFIL Headquarters in Naqoura, and positions in the general area of Bayt Yahun and Hula (2). There were three incidents of Hezbollah firing rockets from the vicinity of UNIFIL positions in the general area of Tibnin, At Tiri and Bayt Yahun. UNIFIL strongly protested all these incidents to the Israeli and Lebanese authorities respectively.

So there were Hezbollah fighters launching rocket attacks on innocent Israeli civilians from positions near U.N. offices and somehow Kofi Annan’s reaction:

“I am shocked and deeply distressed by the apparently deliberate targeting by Israeli Defence Forces of a U.N. Observer post in southern Lebanon.”

In fact, according to UNIFIL’s own press release (the same release the mentions the Israeli attack), a U.N. position was hit directly by Hezbollah just the same day.

Another UN position of the Ghanaian battalion in the area of Marwahin in the western sector was also directly hit by one mortar round from the Hezbollah side last night.

Where was Kofi’s outrage about this attack?

It wasn’t an isolated event, either:

Ten artillery shells impacted inside UN position of the Ghanaian battalion on the coast in Ras Naqoura, causing extensive damage. Four artillery shells impacted inside the patrol base of the Observer Group Lebanon in the Marun al Ras area, including three direct impacts on the building which caused extensive damage and cut electricity and communication connections. At the time of the shelling, there were 36 civilians inside the position, most of whom were women and children from the village of Marun Al Ras. There were no casualties. One artillery shell impacted inside the UNIFIL Headquarters compound in Naqoura, causing extensive damage and danger to the UNIFIL hospital where the doctors were operating at the time. Splinters of artillery shells also damaged the boundary wall of the Naqoura camp. Extensive shelling damage was reported in the Ghanaian battalion position south of Alma Ash Shab. Hezbollah firing was also reported from the immediate vicinity of the UN positions in Naqoura and Maroun Al Ras areas at the time of the incidents.

Hezbollah was intentionally setting up launching pads near locations where they knew women and children were located. They lived there, they knew the neighborhoods. They knew exactly where they were firing from. But somehow, the U.N. puts the burden of knowledge on Israeli forces defending their civilians from unprovoked attacks, to know that Hezbollah rockets were being launched from locations packed with civilians… To say nothing of the U.N. putting the burden of restraint on the country being attacked without provocation.

Such neutrality.

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The Effectiveness of the U.N.
August 16th, 2006 4:27 am

Let’s examine the effectiveness of the U.N. plan in Lebanon.

1. Deploy 3,500 troops to the region. Sounds reasonable, right? A bunch of blue helmet U.N. soldiers ought to maintain the peace, right?

The United Nations hopes to begin deploying the first 3,500 troops in a new UN force in Lebanon within two weeks to monitor a fragile truce, providing France provides the backbone for the contingent.

When has France ever provided the backbone for anything? This plan is doomed from this very first step if it depends on the cheese-eating surrender monkeys for a backbone.

2. Actually implement U.N. resolutions.

Once the Lebanese army controls most of the south, the aim it to implement a September 2004 resolution, which calls for the disarmament of all militia, such as Hizbollah.

Better late than never.

3. Actually implement U.N. resolutions. I know it’s the same as number 2, but in order to implement 2 year old resolutions, you need strong leadership willing to actually implement the resolution.

This is to be done by the Lebanese army, assisted by UN troops. But Lebanon’s defence minister Elias al-Murr said the army would not disarm Hizbollah. France’s foreign minister, Philippe Douste-Blazy said his troops would not do it either.

Ahhh, the U.N. at its finest. Maybe after a few weeks of sitting around with their thumbs up their butts they can get mad enough to pass a new resolution (maybe with bigger words and some scary language)… which they won’t try to enforce for at least 2 years… and which they’ll try to enforce by sending in troops from countries that don’t want to enforce it.

Rinse and repeat.

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From AP:

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Saturday to impose limited sanctions on North Korea for its recent missile tests, and demanded that the reclusive communist nation suspend its ballistic missile program. North Korea immediately rejected the resolution and vowed to continue missile launches.

I feel so much safer now that the U.N. has filed the appropriate paperwork to sufficiently scold North Korea (possibly with a few big words and harsh language) into completely stopping all nuclear development activities.

With paperwork like that, the reasonable Kim Jong Il is sure to give up his threats and shut down all nuclear operations. Afterall, we know just how effective U.N. sanctions are. Will Kofi manage a missles-for-food program this time?

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