The United Nations has spent the last 20-odd years “monitoring” the border between Israel and Lebanon. This mission has done nothing to stop Iran and Syria from building and arming a terrorist army that, during that time period, has killed innocent Lebanese, Israelis, and Americans. Clearly, the U.N. mission in Lebanon, to the extent it ever had one, is a failure. That hasn’t stopped Kofi Annan from telling us what he thinks needs to happen in Lebanon now:
ROME — U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Wednesday called for participants at a Mideast conference to push for an immediate cease-fire to end fighting between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas, and said that an international force is vital to a peaceful solution.
The U.N. chief said Hezbollah must stop its “deliberate targeting of Israeli population centers” and that Israel must end all bombing, ground operations and blockades of Lebanese ports.
What you don’t understand, Kofi, is that Hezbollah is a terrorist army, not a nation. They aren’t going to listen to calls for a cease fire. And Israel should not be compelled to stop fighting until its reached a point where its own security can be guaranteed. This all started because there was a terrorist army on Israel’s northern border with the capability of lobbing missiles at Israeli cities. Any cease fire that leaves that capability intact would be a manifest failure.