Get ready for the United Nations, firmly seated on the lap of John
Bolton and the United States, to blame the victims for not accepting the U.S.-French
brokered “ceasefire” in Lebanon. “In Jerusalem officials tried
to hide their excitement over what was welcomed as a positive resolution, citing
that its implementation could still take some time,” reports Yedioth
Internet. For the United States, Israel’s reaction to U.N. resolutions
determines what is passed and what is thrown in the circular file.
In other words, the draft resolution is in Israel’s favor, as should
be expected, and a less than palpable deal for the Lebanese. Nabih Berri, the
Lebanese parliamentary speaker, explained why the resolution was rejected: it
did not propose a ceasefire, that is to say the Israelis would be free to continue
their “defensive” bombardment, and because the status of Shebaa
Farms was not mentioned. Shebaa Farms is a prime chunk of Lebanese real estate
stolen by Israel in 1967 and occupied by Israeli settlers ever since.
It should be noted, as well, most of Hezbollah’s attacks over the last
few years have centered around Shebaa Farms, although the corporate media would
have us believe the resistance group simply fires willy-nilly at northern Israel
settlements because they are irrational and hateful Arabs who want to push the
Jews into the sea.
Rice, fresh from her failed bit of “shuttle diplomacy” (i.e.,
she stayed in a posh Israeli hotel), tells us both sides have “an obligation
to respond to U.N. Security Council’s resolution,” never mind that
Lebanon and Hezbollah have responded with a resounding no. “There are
things the Israelis wanted and things the Lebanese wanted, and everybody wasn’t
going to get everything that they wanted,” said Rice from the faux cowboy
ranch in Crawford, Texas, where Bush is on yet another vacation.
Translation: the Lebanese will not get the land Israel took from them at gunpoint,
or for that matter will they realize their demand Israel’s military get
out their country and stop reducing southern Lebanon and swaths of Beirut to
rubble, killing hundreds, likely thousands of innocent civilians (who are, according
to Israel, members of Hezbollah simply due to the fact they live in Lebanon).
“Hizbollah will not agree to the resolution. The whole thing is a soap
opera. The United Nations is a soap opera. We’ve been living for 30 years
in the war. A ceasefire won’t benefit us now,” Sawsan Aboud, a Lebanese
school teacher, told Reuters.
In fact, Hezbollah is not even a party to the discussions, so it does not matter
if they agree or not. “Hizbollah doesn’t live in the mountains or
in the desert. You can’t take Hizbollah out of Lebanese society,”
said Palestinian Lebanese Yehya Abou el-Jibin. “You can’t get people
from the outside to solve the problem. Any solution should be with Hizbollah,
and they should be there at the table.”
“While voting [on the lopsided resolution] is expected within a couple
of days, Lebanon objects to the resolution since it would leave about 10,000
Israeli troops occupying a strip of southern Lebanon until an international
force and the Lebanese army eventually arrive,” Reuters continues. “A
Hizbollah minister also said the group would fight until Israel stopped bombing
Lebanon and withdrew all its troops.”
In short, the U.N. will “vote” on Lebanon’s fate, the resolution
will likely be accepted, as Israel does not have any major problems with it
(the “defensive” bombing will continue, as will the southern occupation),
and Lebanon will be considered intransigent, even complicit with Hezbollah.
If there is indeed a sticking point with Israel, it concerns “the make-up
of the international force to be deployed in Lebanon and the duration of its
mandate,” according to Ynet
Of course, the “make-up” of the force will, in order to satisfy
the Israelis, need be of nations sufficiently motivated to go after Hezbollah,
probably composed of elements from the U.S. and French military. Naturally,
this will fail miserably, as it did on October 23, 1983, when the U.S. and French
members of the Multinational Force in Lebanon were bombed, an act widely blamed
on Hezbollah but probably carried out by the Free Islamic Revolutionary Movement,
a Shi’a organization. It should be noted that the U.S. and France sent
their troops to Lebanon after Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982, in essence the
keystone event for the creation of Hezbollah.
Expect a repeat, as these people never learn from history—because their
pathological sense of hubris tells them they invariably rise above history.
“In retaliation for the attacks, France launched an air strike in the
Beqaa Valley against Iranian Revolutionary Guard positions,” notes a Wikipedia
entry on the 1983
Beirut barracks bombing. “President Reagan assembled his national
security team and planned to target the Sheik Abdullah barracks in Baalbek,
Lebanon, which housed Iranian Revolutionary Guards believed to be training Hezbollah
fighters. But Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger aborted the mission, reportedly
because of his concerns that it would harm U.S. relations with other Arab nations.”
However, this time around, there is no Caspar Weinberger on hand to abort any
ill-advised military response to Hezbollah attacks on U.S. and French forces,
if they are indeed deployed after the U.N. resolution lopsidely favorable to
Israel is rubber stamped.
Instead of Caspar Weinberger, the Pentagon today is managed by Donald
Rumsfeld and the neocons, the latter on record as itching to go after Syria
and Iran and thus kicking off the next phase of the “war against terrorism,”
that is to say carpet bombing with depleted uranium any resistance to state-sponsored
terrorism and Israeli hegemony in the region.
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