Do you believe in UN forces? - I'm highly sceptical!
no this isn't a political blog - I have a lot of other things in my mind - there's a lot to tell of my personal life , about my daily little observations of the silly crazy moments of life - but in the moment my mind is focused mainly to what happens im 'Nahen Osten' (near East)
The world was shocked by the pictures in world wide press of the victims of the Hezbollah-Israel war - More than 1000 people died on Lebanons side - more than 250 on Israels side. -
As bad & sad as it is that in such times on both sides also a lot of civilians die - even women & children.
But here in Germany in the WWII in the Nazi time there died also a lot of children & women - while all big German towns were totally bombed - But is was necessary to bomb the German cities in that time to break Hitler's empire of evil - if you'r with the bad pack, the wicked & the atrocious - you die with them, guilty or innocent - if you sit in a plane ruled by terrorists you'll probably die with them - because it's sound & the right thing to do if you shoot down a plane with 200 passengers that's about hitting the Empire State building with about 5000 people inside..
& showing afterwards pictures with little children who had suffered & died, sais absolutely nothing about which side is right or wrong - women & children are sitting also in this plane trying to hit the Empire building ..
In relation to these numbers who died in this 5 weeks of war in Lebanon & Israel - see the number of people dying DAILY in Iraq - it's more than 100 people a day - since months - that means more than 3000 per month - & most of them die by sectarian & political extremists - it's a religion war totally out of control - the Amarecins who should rule the scene & prevent these atrocities are helpless - Regular Iraq government police & troups can't be trusted, because a lot of them are involved in this sectarian political power struggle war - it's one of the worst religion wars since the 'dreißigjähriger Krieg' (30 years long war once in Germany between Katholics & Protestants which devastated all the country for long time)
see here a small excerpt from riverbendblog.blogspot.com to the situation there:
Residents of Baghdad are systematically being pushed out of the city. Some families are waking up to find a Klashnikov bullet and a letter in an envelope with the words - Leave your area or else. - The culprits behind these attacks and threats are Sadr’s followers- Mahdi Army. It’s general knowledge, although no one dares say it out loud. In the last month we’ve had two different families staying with us in our house, after having to leave their neighborhoods due to death threats and attacks. It’s not just Sunnis- it’s Shia, Arabs, Kurds- most of the middle-class areas are being targeted by militias.
Other areas are being overrun by armed Islamists. The Americans have absolutely no control in these areas. Or maybe they simply don’t want to control the areas because when there’s a clash between Sadr’s militia and another militia in a residential neighborhood, they surround the area and watch things happen.
Since the beginning of July, the men in our area have been patrolling the streets. Some of them patrol the rooftops and others sit quietly by the homemade road blocks we have on the major roads leading into the area. You cannot in any way rely on Americans or the government. You can only hope your family and friends will remain alive- not safe, not secure- just alive. That’s good enough.
Now as there is cease-fire between Israel & Hezbollah - after the urging of the UN
well now there should really be international UN forces there to fill the vacuum to prevent Hezbollah to continue attacking Israel with rockets, to control the boarders to prevent new weapon transports from Iranian & Syria -
But where are these promised UN troops now? -
See NY-Times headline "Europeans Delay Decision on Role Inside Lebanon " - they hesitate & negotiate, while a dangerious power vacuum makes the cease fire very fragile - the Lebanon army which now went South the Litani river to replace withdrawing Israeli troups of course won't stop a Hezbollah re-organisation nor a Hezbollah re-armament - a lot of Lebanon army approve or support Hezbollah - Lebanons president claimed, he won't disarm Hezbollah & of course the don't prevent anything Hezbollah does - who are now celebrated as defenders of Lebanon & distribute now big amounts of money coming from Iran to the victims who have lost their homes.
As soon as Israel is out of the country there will be again weapon transfers into Lebanon & I fear no weak undecided UNO will prevent this. - UN forces who are just there for observation lead to nothing - For those who think Israel was the aggressor, there would be no Israelian forces to fight, if Israel is again out of Lebanon, but of course there will be Hezbollah forces to fight or to disarm, because they won't stop to collect huge stocks of weapons (mainly long ranged rockets) with the only goal to attack Israel - to disarm Hezbollah means to fight them where the are - hiding & part of the civilian population - & that's what UN forces of course would never do - because then also civilians would die - so if ever once they will be there - they won't help from shooting Hezbollah rockets over their heads into Israel -
One of the most willing countries to send frontline troops are Malaysia, Indonesia and Bangladesh - but they have no diplomatic ties with Israel, because they don't want Israel to exist.
France will send only 200 men - that's ridiculous - Italy has offered to send up to 3,000 troops. Germany will send ships to observe the Lebanon coast line for weapon smuggling - Australia has refused to commit troops. An Australian official said: "We don’t have any confidence in it. It is not going to have the mandate to disarm Hezbollah." - Well & I believe in what this Australian official said..
Here an excerpt from NY-Times to France's poor commitment of troops:
But the French military command has also raised some legitimate concerns about the peacekeeping force’s lack of a clear mission. Most notably the resolution (might we note again that the French helped write it?) sidesteps the question of who, if anyone, will disarm Hezbollah.
The French say they are waiting for the Lebanese government, which is even more frightened of Hezbollah, to cut a deal to get the militia to give up its arms or withdraw from southern Lebanon. If so, they will be waiting safely at home for a long time, while the war could start again at any moment.
The unfortunate reality is that the best that may be hoped for in Lebanon is an eventual political marginalization for Hezbollah. For even that to happen, a well-armed peacekeeping force needs to deploy quickly. At a minimum the troops could block Hezbollah’s supply lines from Syria. They could also send an important psychological message to the Lebanese people that if they are looking for a new sheriff, Hezbollah is not the only candidate in town.
There was a violaton of the cease fire by Israel these days - Amman was embarrased. - But Israel was just trying to prevent Hezbollah to take over some new weapon stuff from Syra. - Where are the UN troops who wantet to take over & control the situation? -
If ever UNO gets an agreement who will take part & what will be their tasks there - I doubt that they can ever be able to control the situation & stop Hezbollah preparing for the final strike at Israel to wipe it out. - If ever so UNO will only observe the situation & tell Hezbollah 'Don't do it!' & later on after weeks of negotiations between the different UN-nations 'You shouldn't have done it!'
I believe that no state whose existence is endangered can't wait for UN-forces to act - they will only partly act if it's already much too late!
& a much as I liked to believe it, that UN forces could help there - my heart knows that UN forces - like ever - have no solution to the conflict, nor can really prevent further atrocities - but let's hope for the better of it..
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