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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The Rome Summit

The star trek like earphone translation devices didn't seem to be working very well. Or perhaps they didn't want to hear the questions very well. They spent quite a bit of time saying with a lot of words absolutely nothing, it's their job. And then the questions came, from the journalists, and this is where the meat was. On their own the politicians would divulge no information without the questions.

After the first Italian question we had one in English. From memory it was something like this: "I have two questions, the first one I want all of you to answer and the second is for Mr. Annan. Will you send a UN force before the disarming of Hezbollah? And secondly, and this one is for Mr. Anan you accused Israel of attacking a UN outpost deliberately does it promote your position as a peace broker?" - I don't know who that journalist was, but I applaud him. Kofi just froze, that's why he answered last. He claimed he was misquoted because he said "apparently deliberately" which in my opinion is an oxymoron. Either you know it was deliberate or you don't assume.

Now if you've watched this, what did you see? You saw the word Lebanon mentioned a lot and the word civilians, whenever Israel was mentioned it was by the Lebanese PM in the context that it was an aggressor. I'm sorry to all Lebanese reading this but your PM is a fool. He kept mentioning the Shebaa farms. The Shebaa Farms is a disputed agricultural area consisting of a dozen or so abandoned farms located southwest of Shebaa, the area is about 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) in length and averages 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) in width (Source: wikipedia). Is 20 square miles worth the destruction of your country?! He also said how Hezbollah played an important role in achieving results against Israel, hes talking about territory. I'm sorry, did the Lebanese PM just say that those 20 square miles can only be gotten back by Hezbollah terrorism and are worth more as much as the 4,035 square miles that make up the rest of Lebanon? What the hell.

He was afterwards asked by an Israeli reporter what he would have done if he was in Olmert's shoes. His response was unsurprisingly: diplomacy and peace. Really? Really? He says that if his soldiers were kidnapped and his country attacked he would do nothing but pursue peaceful measures. Well maybe he wouldn't, since he's such a push over. But why is he complaining about Lebanese prisoners then while saying Hezbollah (if somebody tells me Hezbollah is peaceful I will smack them) played an important rule? What about the things he said above? Can you say hypocrite?

Now, he said that he is asking the UN to help establish his governments authority and be the only "gun" in his country. Other then him making a great presidential candidate in America with all this flip flopping since he just minutes before said Hezbollah was important, he is basically saying that he can't disarm Hezbollah on his own (Note that he didn't actually say he will either). I'm sorry, did he just discover this? Why didn't he ask for help before? I don't think he had any intention of disarming Hezbollah at all.

But he did say this one interesting thing: "we can't allow this situation to recur again". There you go. He can squirm around and pout and stomp his feet and whine and complain until his blue in the face, but in the end he knows that at least. So when that UN force does go in, I'd like to see him not disarm the Hezbollah because if he doesn't it will in fact recur. When will that force go in? When will there be a cease fire?

Well as Condi said, a cease fire right now doesn't make any sense. It won't be sustained (they like that word), the IDF needs more time to do the Lebanese PM's job for him. So I don't think you'll see a change for a few weeks more in the very least. The Shebaa farms which are just used as such a pitiful excuse to justify themselves and their actions and inactions, I think should be promised to them after the disarmament of Hezbollah. I know they'd probably take this as a victory and see this as a sign to keep on doing what they do because it gets such "great results" for them, 20 square miles, but if there will be a next time that's one excuse less for them to use.

As for the UN outpost, we apologized, I'm sorry as well. I heard a commentator say that it wasn't an isolated building but next to a Hezbollah outpost, I can't confirm that but it's a suspicion. Either way, it was an unfortunate mistake and there are no excuses, but disputing the fact that it was a mistake is stupid. I also hope that once this is over the Lebanese elect a PM that isn't Hezbollah's play toy.

Updates soon.

Update: The Christian leader of Lebanon (priest, cardinal, somebody help me out) just went on TV over there asking his fellow Christians to take in refugees and ever so slightly suggest (I think by not saying against, but basically his in favor of) that the a cease fire not go into effect. He wants us to keep at it, roger that and hope we don't fail you. Sit tight and stay safe.

Update II: Anderson Cooper gets it right for a change. I saw his piece on TV right now, clearly exposing Hezbollah's propaganda, finally! He used to fall for it before himself. I'm looking for the video, but for now here is his blog post here. "the ambulance beside us turns on his siren and screeches out, followed by the next ambulance, then the next. It's a well coordinated and not-so-subtle piece of propaganda.." - Read it, please.

Update III: First time ever that we had no siren between 4-6PM. It seemed to have moved to north, at least today. The north had 100 rockets fall, there have been injuries. If they can't reach Haifa with rockets today I guess their trying a suicide attack, not unlike what we had in Tel-Aviv a few days ago. Hope s/he is caught in time.


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    By Blogger ZapperGirl!, at 5:12 PM  

  • Don't worry about the UN outpost, mate. Sure as eggs is eggs, it was being used as a Hezbollah lookout post. The UN has always been on the side of the savages.

    Once you have dealt with the savages and the UN in Lebanon, please could your planes blow up the UN HQ in New York, ideally with Kofi and his corrupt jew-hating bum-chums in it.

    That would be doing the world another big big favour. You'd have John Bolton's support for it, too, although why stop at the top 10 stories...!?

    ps - good luck against the savages.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:14 PM  

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    By Blogger Jean, at 5:27 PM  

  • Eugene,

    the lebanese PM said HA played an important role.. in 2000 !! not nowadays.
    having said that, I personally disagree with him, but I had to correct this small fact.

    As for the shebaa farms, 90% of the lebanese (I'm one of them), don't know what the heck they are. I imagine farms full of pigs and chicken, and you should know that the majority was disgusted how HA used them as a lame excuse to stay armed, while in fact HA is a pragmatic group, and its ultimate goal is to proclame the islamic nation in the region. HA couldn't care less for the identity of shebaa farms.
    Meanwhile, they used them to screw are media image, our economy, and our situation in the world.

    now this might come as a shocker to you: in lebanon, it's a republic, and the chief of the diplomacy is... the president of the republic, not the PM, like in Israel. But as our actual President, is a syrian toy (no less), everybody boycotted him, even the lebanese themselves. he goes on CNN from time to time to say he supports HA.. well he has a lot of free time lately.
    That's why the PM is conducting all the lebanese diplomacy.

    Finally, the PM can't disarm HA on himself, that's a fact. Hell, HA is standing up to the IDF ! do you think HA would have just put down their arms just because the PM asked them to do so ? BUT PM said he would do so, though ! (with the help of the international community) I'll try to find you a link.

    As for the UN, may the fallen rest in peace.


    By Blogger Jean, at 5:30 PM  

  • Jean as always thank you for the insights!

    I didn't suggest that he said it about HA now, I was talking about how he said they helped in 2000. I don't think when is important, his wrong and shouldn't have said that.

    Thank you for confirming about the Shebaa farms, they have been in fact deserted for 40 years (as far as I know), it's just a bunch of empty wooden barns in a 20 square mile area.

    I'm sure he said before that he will disarm the Hezbollah (who by the way are not standing up to IDF, we are operating in a VERY limited manner for a variety of reasons) but his a flip flopper. Why is he asking for help now and didn't before? Why did this have to happen to promote him into action?

    By Blogger Live from an Israeli bunker, at 5:34 PM  

  • how blind can you be?

    the israelis started bombing them yesterday.
    they begged them to stop several times.
    the UN peacekeepers fled to their bunker.
    a heavy bomb was dropped directly on the bunker.

    please, i'm begging you. your govt wants the foreigners to leave so that there won't be any witnesses when they use chem weapons on us. how can you be so heartless? how can you still believe they're doing everything they can to spare innocent lives. no one with reason can believe this.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:45 PM  

  • It was one stray bomb that hit a three story building. A person from the UN went on and said that.

    We were aware that it was there however, but it was very much a mistake.

    "the israelis started bombing them yesterday. they begged them to stop several times." - If that was the case you'd hear a lot more about this, the UN would be so vocal windows would shatter. Come on.

    By Blogger Live from an Israeli bunker, at 5:50 PM  

  • The Christian leader of Lebanon (priest, cardinal, somebody help me out)

    tsssk, Eugene, what would you do without me, I wonder ? ;)
    that would be the patriach who's also a cardinal (which basically means he can be elected pope). He's not the christian leader of lebanon. lebanon is a laic state. he's the most prominent christian figure.

    his position must not be a shocker to you, our position as christians has always been clear. Maybe clearer when coming from outside lebanon.

    P.S: can you imagine if one day the pope is lebanese ?? how cool would that be ? ;)


    By Blogger Jean, at 6:06 PM  

  • That would be cool.
    I guessed at him being cardinal, I just don't have time today to research (next two posts you'll know why) and since I know I got you... heh, thanks Jen.

    His position doesn't surprise me, but then the blog is not for my benefit. Also, at least his speaking out in a way.

    By Blogger Live from an Israeli bunker, at 6:12 PM  

  • The Lebanese PM fixates on the 20 square mile piece of Shebaa Farms to validate large-scale murder. Too bad he wasn't in a "diplomatic peace discussion" in that UN outpost when it was hit. Then it sure as hell wouldn't have been accidental. How could anyone truly believe that the IAF would intentionally drop a bomb on UN observers? THINK about it, people.

    By Anonymous John Foland, at 6:17 PM  

  • why hasn't israel at least given the lebanese maps to the land mines in lebanon. they've been out for 10 years but they still haven't.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:29 PM  

  • So Hezbollah could have even more freedom of movement? If there was no Hezbollah or when Hezbollah will be destroyed they'll get their maps.

    By Blogger Live from an Israeli bunker, at 6:30 PM  

  • Their ridiculous posturing and obvious lies are good things. To quote Samuel Beckett, with every absurdity they spew it's like watching them "giving birth astride a grave". Their end is near and good riddance. Just imagine if they were clever enough to pretend to be civilized.

    By Blogger kenneth, at 6:46 PM  

  • zappergirl you are hot !!!

    I hope everyone in israel will be safe from the evil terrorists from hizbullah and the united nations...

    just like iran commanded hizbullah to attack in order to take the worlds focus away from their nuclear bomb ambitions, in the same way kofi anon condemns israel for defending itself to take the media on a spin and forget that kofi and his son are facing indictments for bribery and many other crimes. there is a good chance that kofi and his son will go to jail.

    By Anonymous Vashti Harasha !, at 6:55 PM  

  • Eugene,

    Thank you so much for blogging! I check your site first thing each morning and value your perspective.

    Regarding pushing Israel into a cease fire solely for the sake of "peace in our time"
    consider this:

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:14 PM  

  • omigosh! check out this picture of a "UN" outpost!

    (From Israelicool)

    By Blogger Yishai, at 7:39 PM  

  • I thought the UN had decided the Shebaa Farms were Syrian not Lebanese territory.........?

    Destroying that unarmed UN outpost was a big disaster. If there were to be a buffer force inserted, Israel would lose a few aircraft if such incidents occurred with a Great Power - someone today suggested Britain, USA, Russia and France as the buffer force - but maybe China too angry as they are at present - after all Israel has been selling China weapons and UAVs.

    The obvious thing to do is to use B-52 and destroy all life in a buffer zone and make it a wasteland but then Iran and North Korea just make longer-range rockets.

    On the other hand if Iraq breaks up and the Kurds decide they want chunks of Syria the whole Middle East gos into meltdown and Israel enters the realms of 20-Year War like Britain against France 1790-1815 which brought Britain peace in Europe until 1914

    By Anonymous Rick, at 8:15 PM  

  • i have a question. maybe i have this wrong so please correct me.

    what the hell were UN peacekeepers doing next to a HA rocket launcher anyway?

    why were peacekeepers in the MIDDLE of a war zone? do you really think HA is going to look at their blue vests and be nice to them because they are UN???

    i'm an American and a conservative evangelical christian and i'm PROUD of Israel for standing up for themselves!! I think of King David and how God gave him victory many times in wars. I pray for this for Israel each day.

    By Anonymous Pam, at 8:45 PM  

  • Very impressive blogging from a promising gifted young man .. keep it up .. you had already drawn a broad attention world wide .. you know it is working .. I think that those who are concerned(..) could use your services more effectivly!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:52 PM  

  • Well Pam I suggest you Google

    why were peacekeepers in the MIDDLE of a war zone?

    UNIFIL was created in 1978 to confirm Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, restore the international peace and security, and help the Lebanese Government restore its effective authority in the area.

    According to Security Council resolutions 425 (1978) and 426 (1978) of 19 March 1978, UNIFIL was established to:

    * Confirm the withdrawal of Israeli forces from southern Lebanon;
    * Restore international peace and security;
    * Assist the Government of Lebanon in ensuring the return of its effective authority in the area.

    Most recently the mandate of UNIFIL was extended until 31 July 2006 by Security Council resolution 1655 (2006) of 31 January 2006.

    By its resolution 1655 of 31 January 2006, the Security Council extended the mandate of UNIFIL until 31 July 2006 and called again on the Government of Lebanon to fully extend and exercise its sole and effective authority throughout the south. By that resolution, the Council condemned all acts of violence, including the serious incidents across the Blue Line initiated from the Lebanese side that had resulted in deaths and injuries on both sides.

    The Council expressed great concern about the serious breaches and the sea, land and air violations of the withdrawal line. It urged the parties to put an end to those violations, to refrain from any act of provocation that could further escalate the tension and to abide scrupulously by their obligation to respect the safety of UNIFIL and other United Nations personnel, including by avoiding any course of action which endangered United Nations staff.

    Also by the resolution, the Council welcomed the Government’s recent establishment of a Lebanese Armed Forces liaison office at UNIFIL headquarters, and acknowledged the firm intention of the Lebanese Government to preserve security and, to that end, to reinforce the presence of its Armed Forces in the southern region and to coordinate their activities with UNIFIL.

    Nevertheless, the Council urged the Government to do more to assert its authority in the south, to exert control and monopoly over the use of force and to maintain law and order on its entire territory. It also urged the Government to prevent attacks from Lebanon across the Blue Line, including through deploying additional numbers of Lebanese Armed Forces and Internal Security Forces and taking up UNIFIL’s proposals to enhance coordination and to establish a Joint Planning Cell.

    The Council expressed its intention to keep UNIFIL’s mandate and structures under regular review, taking into account the prevailing situation on the ground, the activities actually performed by the Force in its area of operation, its contribution towards the remaining task of restoring international peace and security, the views of the Lebanese Government and the measures it had taken to fully extend its authority in the South, as well as the implications those measures might have, in order to adjust the force to its mission.

    By Anonymous Rick, at 10:03 PM  


    By Anonymous Rick, at 10:10 PM  

  • Labboune is one of several places along the frontier where UNIFIL observation posts and Hizbullah positions lie in uncomfortable proximity. Although the positions are erected for the same purpose – to monitor the border area – Hizbullah's activities are part of the organization's unrelenting conflict with Israel, while UNIFIL is supposed to help maintain the uneasy calm that exists along the frontier. "Hizbullah is hardening its posts in several places along the Blue Line," says a Fijian officer, referring to the United Nations cease-fire line running along the border. UNIFIL deployed in Lebanon in 1978 following Israel's first invasion of its northern neighbor. Although Israel finally withdrew its forces in 2000, south Lebanon refuses to stay quiet.

    Hizbullah has stashed away a large amount of weaponry in the remote wadis, or valleys, of the border district; has placed antiaircraft batteries on hilltops; and occasionally shells Israeli outposts on a mountainous strip of territory claimed by Lebanon and known as the Shebaa Farms. Israeli warplanes violate Lebanese airspace on an almost daily basis, prompting Hizbullah to fire antiaircraft rounds across the border.

    Caught awkwardly in the middle is UNIFIL. Because UNIFIL is in Lebanon at the request of the Lebanese government, the peacekeeping force is unable to prevent Hizbullah's state-sanctioned activities along the border, even when those activities breach the UN's own Blue Line. When Hizbullah fires mortar shells across the Blue Line at Israeli positions in the Shebaa Farms, the peacekeepers can do little more than count the exploding rounds and report the attack. Equally, the UN has had little success in persuading Israel to halt its flights over Lebanese airspace, actions the UN calls "provocative" and "unjustified."

    Israel has repeatedly accused UNIFIL of failing to prevent attacks against Israeli troops. But UNIFIL is unapologetic. "The Israelis have their own interests in mind and they have been saying the same things about us since 1978," says Timur Goksel, a UNIFIL spokesman. "Basically our role is to observe and monitor the Blue Line.... We can't operate according to Israel's interests," he added.

    The Lebanese government has also drawn criticism from the UN. Earlier this month, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan accused Beirut of flouting UN resolutions by permitting Hizbullah to stage attacks across the Blue Line. He called on Lebanon to deploy troops in strength along the border and to provide better basic services to the local population.

    The Lebanese government argues that Hizbullah is legitimately resisting Israel's occupation of the Shebaa Farms. Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri said on Monday that there had been no serious outbreak of violence along the border lately. "But the situation remains fragile and that's why we have demanded another six-month extension for UNIFIL," Mr. Hariri said.

    But UNIFIL is in the process of being reduced and its annual budget slashed. In the past year, battalions from Nepal, Ireland, and Finland have departed from Lebanon, more than halving UNIFIL's strength to 3,628. The figure is expected to reach 2,000 by the end of the year following the departure of the Fijian battalion. At the same time, UNIFIL's annual budget has dropped from $143.9 million to $117 million for the next 12 months. But it still ranks as the seventh most expensive peacekeeping operation of the UN's 15 current missions.

    By Anonymous Rick, at 10:11 PM  

  • Please, it's no joke. I realy want to understand. There was a number of UN outpost. Year after year, the boys look Hizbollah making tunnels, smuggling ¿smuggling? 12.000 rockets. NO, no 12, 120, 1200, no, 12.000. Or even more, I don't know. Do I Know for what a shet was the UN boys here? Ah, well, perhaps they was waiting Israel target them, and now, then, it's time to blame Israel. I tell you a secret: ¿do you remember the Tsunami? It was Israel, quite sure.

    By Blogger raulo33, at 12:24 AM  

  • A couple of things:

    1. The IDF hit on the U.N. outpost was probably deliberate, although both sides can't really say so. Why? Kofi doesn't really want to admit that his people were letting the Hezzies use his base as a Forward Observer spot for the Katyushot. Not that the UNIFILS could really do anything about it. What are Blue Helmets going to do against armed Hezboallah with Revolutionary Guards Corps advisors at their sides? Say "No! Go away?" So the Israelis hit the place with a couple of JDAMS when the FO business became intolerable, probably after that bad business yesterday in Bint Jibbie with the 51 Battalion, Golani Brigade.

    2. Nice to see the Golani Boys sucking it up and squaring business away like the Guadalcanal Division and the Seventh Cav did at Fallujah in November of 2004. Bint Jibbie will be taken care of. Also, if you look at the casualty list, you see nothing but leadership cadre: a light colonel, three lieutentants, and several sergeants. That's a sign of leadership from the front. A good sign from a great army.

    3. One bad sign: The Boker Tov Blog still has Olmert hesitating of going in large to the Bekaa. If he's still pussyfooting around like this, Netanyahu needs to call for a vote of no confidence. Israel needs a Churchill, not a Chamberlain.

    By Blogger Chris, at 6:14 PM  

  • hmmm... let me think here.

    the israeli govt wants the lebanese govt to disarm hizbolla. the lebanese want the israelis to return all occupied land, all illegally held lebanese, and a map of the land mines.

    why didn't the israeli govt ever offer to do these relatively small tasks in return for the disarming of hizbolla? instead, they bomb the living shit out of the entire country and expect compliance.

    They are totally right to require hozbolla to be disarmed. they should be disarmed. but why should the lebanese be required to comply with UN resolutions when israel doesn't?

    By Blogger qzx, at 8:08 PM  

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