Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Who Will Bell the Cat

Or for that matter, disarm Hezbollah?

Apparently, nobody:

France, the United States, the United Nations and Lebanon itself have all refused to accept responsibility for stripping the Lebanese Shiite militia of their weapons, despite a key element of the UN resolution that calls for the group to give up its firepower and vacate the southern part of the country.

Which leaves Israel with an unpalatable choice:

Should the UN force fail to materialize, Israel faces a choice of remaining in southern Lebanon, where skirmishes with Hezbollah fighters continued yesterday, or accepting the presence of a weak Lebanese army as a buffer between it and Hezbollah.

So, fight a guerilla war or return to the status quo.

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