Israel's end of patience
Canadian parliamentary assistants gather at UN post (top) as UN and Hezbollah flags are seen at a UN post (above).
President Moshe Katsav criticized the international community for turning a blind eye to the incompletion of UN Security Council's Resolution 1559, Monday, at a visit to town-under-fire, Kiryat Shmona. Katsav recognized world leaders' support for Israel's reaction to Hizbullah's latest terror.
Katsav suggested that leaders had perhaps made decisions in the past that were poorly thought out, pinpointing Israel's last pullout from Lebanon and the strengthening of Hamas terror over the last few years. He gently added that "sometimes it is better to act with poor judgment, rather than act with no judgment at all."
Resolution 1559 was an attempt to discourage Syrian meddling in Lebanon. Syrian troops had been in Lebanon since the spring of 1976, putting an end to the Lebanese civil war and making a semblance of order in Lebanon under the Taif accord, but at the same time presiding over brutalities such as the 1976 massacre of over 2,000 Palestinians in the Tel Al-Zaatar refugee camp. Syria dictates Lebanese foreign policy and provides support as well as control of the Hizbullah terrorist group and militia.
Since 1990, the Lebanese constitution has been amended for every presidential election: once in 1995, allowing then President Elias Hrawi an extra three years, and again in 1998 - allowing Lahoud, who was army commander at the time and thus ineligible, to seek the post.
In the summer of 2004, the Syrians initiated a move to amend the Lebanese constitution so that their favored candidate, Emile Lahoud, could continue to be president. The United States and other countries objected to continued Syrian interference in Lebanese affairs, and the United Nations Security Council passed resolution 1559 calling for non-interference in Lebanese affairs, for disarming of militias and for Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon in accordance with previous UN resolutions.
The resolution was adopted by a vote of 9 in favour (Angola, Benin, Chile, France, Germany, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom, United States) to none against, with 6 abstentions (Algeria, Brazil, China, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Federation)
A Lebanese representative made the following remarkable statement, quoted in the UN Press Release: >
MOHAMAD ISSA, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants of Lebanon, said that there were no militias in Lebanon. There was only the national Lebanese resistance, which appeared after the Israeli occupation and which would remain so long as Israel remained. The resistance force existed alongside the Lebanese national forces. Lebanon determined the presence and size of the force, depending on the country’s need. The authority of Lebanon extended to all parts of Lebanon except those areas occupied by Israel.
He said that submitting the draft resolution confused two matters. The first was the distinguished relations linking Lebanon and Syria, which achieved their joint interests, particularly the interests of Lebanon. Friendly Syria had helped Lebanon to maintain stability and security within its borders. It had warded off radicalism and violence, fed by the violence exercised by Israel against the Palestinians. Secondly, the matter was purely internal, and related to the presidential elections to be held in Lebanon. Syrian troops came to Lebanon in accordance with legitimate requests. Their presence was guarded by an agreement concluded by two sovereign States. Those troops had been redeployed several times. They contributed to rebuffing the radical reactions emanating from repulsive Israeli actions.
Hence, saying that Syria supported radical movements in Lebanon was not true. To the contrary, Syria supported the Lebanese national resistance, which desired to liberate the territories occupied by Israel. The draft resolution was talking about supporting free and just elections in Lebanon. He did not believe that that internal matter had ever been discussed in the Council relating to any Member State. It was an internal matter, he stressed. The United Nations had not interfered in that matter with regard to any other State. There was no justification for the draft resolution, which constituted an interference in the internal affairs of a Member State.
In addition, it discussed bilateral relations between two friendly nations, neither of which had filed any complaint concerning those relations. He called for the withdrawal of the draft resolution.
The Lebanese parliament ignored the resolution and voted for the constitutional amendment, amid widespread reports of arm-twisting and Syrian threats. Beirut MP Nabil de Freige stated, "Of the 96 people who voted for the amendment, I can guarantee not even seven are really for it." Four ministers resigned to protest the passage of the amendment. One of whom, former Economy Minister Marwan Hamadeh, was wounded in an assassination attempt on October 1.
Subsequently, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan warned that Syria was not complying with the resolution. BUT, THE UN DID NOTHING!Lebanese and Syrian spokesmen declared their defiance of the resolution, but Syria shifted a small number of troops (estimated at 300 to 3000) out of Lebanon and moved troops away from Beirut to the Beka region near the Syrian-Lebanese border. Following the assassination of popular Lebanese politician Rafiq Hariri in February of 2005, widely attributed to Syria, pressure grew on Syria to withdraw from Lebanon, and Syria withdrew its troops, but not its intelligence agents.
A key provision of Resolution 1559 was disarmament of militias:
3. Calls for the disbanding and disarmament of all Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias;
4. Supports the extension of the control of the Government of Lebanon over all Lebanese territory;
Provisions for disarming of militias were not implemented. The Hezbollah, puppets of Iran and Syria, remained under arms and prevented independent action by the Lebanese government. Hezbollah representatives were taken into the Lebanese government of Fouad Seniora. In 2006, Hezbolla renewed attacks on Israel, resulting in a major confrontation. Resolutions of the UN Security Council have the validity of international law.
Israel complied with UN Resolution 1559..and withdrew from Lebanon.
Hezb'allah moved in, stocked up on weapons, and started killing more jews, as Rule#1 for Islamo-Fascits (see photo of Rally) is KILL INFIDELS .
INFIDEL=anyone who isn't the right flavor of "The followers of Allah".
The UN DID NOTHING. No enforcement. Complicit conspiracy with Heb'allah to KILL MORE JEWS.
If you look at the UN Council on Human Rights:
AFRICAN STATES LATIN AMERICAN & CARIBBEAN STATES
Algeria 2007 MUSLIM
Djibouti 2009 MUSLIM
Morocco 2007 MUSLIM
South Africa 2007 ANTI-SEMITIC
Tunisia 2007 MUSLIM
Cuba 2009 SOCIALISTIC anti-religious dictatorship
ASIAN STATES WESTERN EUROPE & OTHER STATES
Bahrain 2007 MUSLIM
Bangladesh 2009 MUSLIM
China 2009 Anti-religion
Indonesia 2007 MUSLIM
Jordan 2009 MUSLIM
Malaysia 2009 MUSLIM
Pakistan 2008 MUSLIM
Republic of Korea 2008
Saudi Arabia 2009 MUSLIM
Sri Lanka 2008 Canada 2009
France 2008 ANTI-SEMITIC
Germany 2009 ANTI-SEMITIC, renewed Nazi trend.
Netherlands 2007 OCCUPIED by MUSLIMS
United Kingdom 2008 SIGNIFICANT MUSLIM POPULATION
EASTERN EUROPEAN STATES
Azerbaijan 2009 MUSLIM
Czech Republic 2007
Russian Federation 2009
You will NOT see Israel.
An idiot can deduce that the Islamo-Fascists routinely ignore UN resolutions and International Law. The ONLY thing they understand is OVERWHELMING, BRUTE force!
I saw a post to an Israeli news site from some bimbo in Canada. The author was decrying Israel's entering and bombing Lebanon.
My retort was," To Canadians, it is a TV show. To Israel, it is survival."