Ceasing to "ceasefire".
Posted by Exile on August 20, 2006
Or as I like to see it, defensive, pre-emptive action.
Now we hear that the Israelis have broken the ceasefire in Lebanon. Naughty Israelis. Shame on you. What were you thinking? Attacking those poor innocent civilians again.
Perhaps we should look at the reasons why, instead of blindly calling the Israelis for war criminals again.
This from Haaretz:
The IDF said the assault aimed to disrupt arms smuggling to Hezbollah from Iran and Syria and that such operations would continue until “an effective monitoring unit” was in place to prevent Hezbollah from rebuilding its arsenal.
“Special forces carried out an operation to disrupt terror actions against Israel with an emphasis on the transfer of munitions from Syria and Iran to Hezbollah,” the IDF said, adding that the operation had achieved all its aims.
“If the Syrians and Iran continue to arm Hezbollah in violation of the (UN cease-fire) resolution, Israel is entitled to act to defend the principle of the arms embargo,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said. “Once the Lebanese army and the international forces are active… then such Israeli activity will become superfluous.”
Having already established that Lebanon and its useless army will not disarm Hezbollah, I see the ceasefire agreement as worthless already. One has to be sure about these things so I went off to find a full text version of UN resolution 1701 which forms the terms of the ceasefire. It is to be found in many different places, this one is from the BBC. I took an extract, but you can read the whole thing here.
Calls for Israel and Lebanon to support a permanent ceasefire and a long-term solution based on the following principles and elements:
– full respect for the Blue Line by both parties;
– security arrangements to prevent the resumption of hostilities, including the establishment between the Blue Line and the Litani river of an area free of any armed personnel, assets and weapons other than those of the government of Lebanon and of UNIFIL as authorized in paragraph 11, deployed in this area; – full implementation of the relevant provisions of the Taif Accords, and of resolutions 1559 (2004) and 1680 (2006), that require the disarmament of all armed groups in Lebanon, so that, pursuant to the Lebanese cabinet decision of July 27, 2006, there will be no weapons or authority in Lebanon other than that of the Lebanese state;
– no foreign forces in Lebanon without the consent of its government;
– no sales or supply of arms and related materiel to Lebanon except as authorized by its government;
So what can one read into all this? If Hezbollah are rearming and resupplying, it is with the consent of the Lebanese government? The army has said it will not disarm Hezbollah. Is it now allowing it to resupply as Israel suggests? I can’t think why not. Already yesterday, it was clear that Hezbollah is a part of the Lebanese army by both commitment and cooperation. Effectively, they are the Lebanese army. Otherwise, the Lebanese would have to expell them as being ” foreign forces in Lebanon without the consent of its government”. They are not doing so.
Secondly, there are to be “No sales or supply of arms and related materiel to Lebanon except as authorized by its government”. Which really speaks for itself if Hezbollah is rearming and resupplying its weapons cache.
So who broke the ceasefire agreement? Oh yes. I remember now. The Israelis. Because they stopped a weapons resupply in East Lebanon.
And what does our Muslim brother Kofi have to say about all this?
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has been in touch with top Israeli and Lebanese officials today following an Israeli raid in eastern Lebanon which he warned endangers the fragile calm that has generally held in the region since Monday.
“The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about a violation by the Israeli side of the cessation of hostilities as laid out in Security Council resolution 1701,” a UN spokesman said in a statement. Adopted on 11 August, that text mandated a halt to the fighting which took effect three days later.
Strange. He didn’t express concern about the resupply of a foreign terrorist organisation in Lebanon which is what started the whole affair, or why the Lebanese government is allowing it to happen.
Read the whole press release from the UN here.
Sounds like the usual one-way traffic to me.