That you are taking The hezbollah side of this issue?
There are always two sides to any story and If I have to choose I would believe Israel over terrorists any day!
>>>>It also requires the Lebanese government to secure its borders to prevent any unauthorized weapons from entering the country. That task has fallen to a force of Lebanese soldiers that is to number 15,000. The soldiers are also supposed to be backed by a more robust force of U.N. peacekeepers, but the United Nations is having trouble finding countries willing to put soldiers in the region.>>>>
Considering how small the country of Lebanon is, why is it taking so long for them to get those forces in place at the borders? How many of the Lebanese military is actually Hezbollah fighters since a good portion of the Lebanese government is now Hezbollah? How trust-worthy is the Lebanese military/government?
Considering the UN has been working on the peacekeeping ceasefire for at least three weeks already and knew that the peacekeeping forces would have to be a part of it and in place before a pull-out, don't you think that other countries as part of that force would have been approached long before the document was actually written up so those forces would be ready to rock and roll? Of COURSE, there will be difficulty getting forces in there....THEY ALL REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED THE LAST TIME IN AUGUST OF 1983 and NONE of them trust Hezbollah OR Lebanon to keep their word. The only solution would be to have 'peacekeeping forces' FRIENDLY TO HEZBOLLAH/LEBANON/IRAN/SYRIA.
Gimme a break........the UN at work again.
Lebanon has not kept up its part of the bargain (no surprise there, I doubt that they have the ability to do so)
The UN has not kept up its part of the bargain (no surprise there, either, because they have neither the ability nor the will to do so)
The guerrillas are still in place acting as if they ran the country (no surprise there, the guerrillas are probably right about who is running the show)
The Israeli army believes that they have to take matters into their own hands because nobody else is going to help them (no surprise there, they are probably correct in their assessment)
The whole situation is unstable. The only things I find surprising are: (1) Israel agreed to the cease fire in the first place; and (2) Israel allowed the guerrillas to develop such an entrenched position in the first place. It may be that Israel was pressured into restraint when confronted by the growing guerrilla threat, or it may be that they had bad intelligence. I don't know. There may be reasons. Still, it is surprising that they let the situation get so far out of control.
I'm not a big supporter of Israel. The Palestinians have any number of very real reasons to complain about its behavior. Still, the Israeli's are there, they have a country to defend, and they will meet force with force. They would be acting irresponsibly if they let the guerrillas continue to build up strength again.
Hezbollah using weapons supplied by Syria and particularly Iran, and that they have been withdrawing, and rocket attacks have increased because the Lebanese Army is neither strong enough nor willing enough to disarm or stamp out Hezbollah, that you should be surprised or critical of Israel's attempt to defend itself.
Generally I find myself in agreement with you, but you've got this about 100% wrong.
If it was not covert Arab policy by pretty much all Arab countries to try to remove Israel from the map entirely this thing could be settled. But it is their policy to fund and support Hamas and Hezbollah, and any other group, who, should they succeed, would then turn around and attack their suppliers because they: Hamas and Hezbollah, believe in Taliban-like theocracy rather than the various forms of Arab government that exist now. I am not saying that any of them are the epitome of the democratic ideal, but some of them: Egypt and Jordan, are less hostile, less active, and more inclined to come to an agreement.
is synonymous with Israel....