The Corner's Michael Rubin reminds readers of the disastrous role of UN peacekeeping forces in the Middle East:
An International Force for Lebanon? [Michael Rubin]
Both Tony Blair and Kofi Annan are calling for deployment of an international peacekeeping force to Lebanon. Yeah, right. Three reasons why it's a bad idea:
The 1983 bombing of U.S. peacekeepers and their subsequent withdrawal;
The 2003 bombing of UN peacekeepers in Iraq and their subsequent withdrawal; and,
While it's now forgotten in the West, Hizbullah crossed the border once before and kidnapped Israeli soldiers. The UN's response? They videotaped the attack and refused at first to acknowledge it in order to preserve their 'neutrality.' Read the second half of this for details.
Sadly, terrorists believe that international peacekeepers are toothless. They are right. Let's call the Annan—Blair plan what it is: A Hizbullah Re—empowerment Plan.
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But he forgot the most important UN peacekeeping force failure in the area:
In 1957 Israel withdrew from the Sinai to be replaced by the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) whose job it was to maintain the cease fire. As soon as Egypt began to remilitarize the Sinai, it demanded the UN withdraw which it did in apparent violation of the terms of the deal. Egypt followed by blockading the Strait of Tiran and those acts led directly to the Six Day War.
Lesson: If you want peace you must fight to a definitive victory. If you want more war, send in UN peacekeeping troops.
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