The UN mission in S.Lebanon is described as being more of “what they cannot do than what they can do”.
“They say they cannot set up checkpoints, search cars, homes or businesses or detain suspects. If they see a truck transporting missiles, for example, they say they can not stop it. They cannot do any of this, they say, because under their interpretation of the Security Council resolution that deployed them, they must first be authorized to take such action by the Lebanese Army.
The job of the United Nations force, and commanders in the field repeat this like a mantra, is to respect Lebanese sovereignty by supporting the Lebanese Army. They will only do what the Lebanese authorities ask.”
I had predicted earlier that the Unifil role in Lebanon would be “watered down” to become an ineffectual force that the world could be proud of, and the Hizbullah to laugh at. Once again we will see Hizbullah flags proudly flying next to Unifil observation posts, while the houses, community buildings, Mosques and bunkers of Hizbullahstan are restocked with Iranian weaponry. More here. KGS