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Posted by on Sep 4, 2006 in At TMV | 6 comments

Qatari and Pakistani Troops for Lebanon?

Qatar became the first Arab country Monday to commit troops to monitor a tense cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah as Pakistan’s prime minister toured devastated south Beirut and considered a similar offer says an AP report.

“The planned 15,000-strong U.N. force is meant to secure a buffer zone between Israel and the Hezbollah guerrillas in south Lebanon. The U.N. cease-fire resolution calls for Hezbollah to eventually be disarmed, without specifically directing peacekeepers to take on that task.

“The U.S., Europe and Israel have been eager to have Muslim forces among the peacekeepers, but Muslim states fear they could be perceived as opposing Hezbollah, which gained considerable clout in the region for its fierce resistance to the Israeli army.

“Under the cease-fire plan, 15,000 Lebanese soldiers also are to be deployed to assert control over the Hezbollah stronghold south of the Litani River and to prevent arms from reaching the guerrillas.”

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  • Holly in Cincinnati

    Saw that. It would be nice if Qatar recognized the State of Israel first.

  • duvidil

    It sounds as if Hezbollah has been the de facto government in southern Lebanon for years. They apparently run schools and hospitals. Those are two components of a social service network; in fact, they’re two of the components that probably take the most time and money to get going. Hezbollah may get incorporated into a national government of Lebanon, but it doesn’t sound as if they’re going to be driven out.

    This reminds me of something I read about the Viet Cong in about 1968 or 1969. It was on the front page of The Wall Street Journal, of all places. The article described how the Viet Cong collected tribute/taxes from the villages they controlled, collected tolls on roads they controlled (even from American vehicles!), kept accounting records of what they’d collected, and even had a balanced budget, except for ammunition which they treated as a donation in their accounting. The Wall Street Journal noted that a guerilla movement that even kept books was unprecedented, and having balanced books was amazing.

    When I read the article, I realized that the Viet Cong were the only competent government in South Vietnam. The parasites we were supporting were in it just for the chance to embezzle. Similarly, it seems that for better or worse, Hezbollah is the government in southern Lebanon. Before we try to push them out, we ought to be ready to create a competent replacement. One of our big mistakes in Iraq was that we toppled a functioning, if nasty, regime and then had nothing to put in its place.

  • grognard

    Duvidil, good point but remember that a good portion of that money comes from Iran and is not collected localy. I wonder what the reaction would be if the full amount of money for their operations would come from taxes they imposed. You do have an excellent point on who will take over the quasi governmental operations of Hezbollah.

  • duvidil

    Good point. Is the same true for Israel? I think they still get a big hunk of foreign aid from the USA, and some support from Jews and Jewish organizations worldwide. They used to sell a lot of Israel bonds on soomething other than just investment value.

    Is it an exaggeration to say that opposing camps have supported a proxy war, or at least a proxy struggle with occasional wars, since 1948?

  • grognard

    duvidil,Israel has received considerable aid from the US, I remember reading years ago about the alarm one Israeli expressed on how dependant Israel had become on US aid. His take was that when something like 30% of the total budget [at that time] was from the US it was a cause for concern if the US were ever to stop the money flow. I don’t think Israel has been a “proxy� for the US, Hezbollah is close to Iran but the true relationship is still not clear.

  • Farrukh

    Isn’t it funny that UN, Israel, US, UK wants their resistors to be disarmed, then attack them?

    That’s what those cowards always do

    Now those cowards are trying to do via the puppet UN, who is unable to stop US, UK, Israeli attrocities in other world.

    Everybody talks about the disarmament of Hizbullah, which is the National resistant movement of Lebonan, not a terrorist org, but no body talks about Isreal, who cowardly killed millions of innocent civilians in both Palestine and Lebenon.

    Now as they face a fierce resistance of Hizbullah, they agreed on Talking for the release of their soldiers.

    If they are on right track, why didn’t they did that before attcking and killing thousands of innocent civilians in Lebenon?

    Peace always requirese a balance in Power. I suggest, Hizbullah and Iran should have neuclear Bombs and Missiles, that’s the only way to make Isreal and its illegal parents (UK an US) talk in peaceful way, Otherwise they always complain about other countries for gaining power. Funny isn’t it 😀

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