Sunday, August 13, 2006
Indeed, I'm sure Nasrallah has quite a few gripes and dissapointments with this resolution, despite the fact that it does not make binding demands he release the soldiers he kidnapped, nor does it put any force in place with the will and mandate to take his missiles away from him. In fact the French have already promised that the international force will not use force, even if that is what is required to disarm Nasrallah -- as is supposedly required by the agreement -- but, more elegantly, will chat about it with Nasrallah instead.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said on Saturday that the militant organization would abide by the UN cease-fire resolution but continue fighting as long as Israeli troops remained in south Lebanon.
"We will not be an obstacle to any (government) decision that it finds appropriate, but our ministers will express reservations about articles that we consider unjust and unfair."
Nasrallah grudgingly accepted the cease-fire plan in a televised address...
One can see why Nasrallah would be upset. That could be a very forceful chat.
But Nasrallah has more than just that to quibble with in the resolution. Among the other provisions he and his Hizballah government ministers feel are most "unjust and unfair" are:
- The resolution doesn't mention disarming Israel of its Arrow anti-missile systems or the removal of American patriot batteries stationed in Occupied Palestine. Nor does it mention a freeze on all international funding supporting Israel's research on anti-missile lasers, systems that unfairly defend against the Iranian missiles that are Nasrallah's only realistic weapon against the Zionist Goliath.
- Nasrallah still has a big backlog of photos he wants Reuters to run.
- Still not happy with the so-called Blue Line, feels it should be redrawn along the Egyptian border.
- The resolution identifies the Zionist entity by name.
- Resolution mentions international compensation for damage to Lebanese infrastructure, but not for replacement of missiles destroyed by illegal Israeli incursions into sovereign Hizballah territory -- do you have any idea how much those things cost? And without compensation, it might be necessary to redirect other aid to "critical defense projects" in cooperation with the governments of Syria and Iran.
- Gates of Hell not yet fully opened.
- The words "apartheid," "Nazi," "genocide," "illegitimate," "Zionists," "pigs," and "monkeys" do not appear anywhere in the text.
- No provision mandating appearances for Nasrallah on Letterman and The Daily Show, where he has been unfairly blacklisted because of the you-know-who's influence.
- No written promise that a simple SMS message to Kofi Annan will immediately remove any inconvenient international forces when Nasrallah is ready to attack again, like Egypt was allowed in 1967.
- Most importantly, the resolution for the moment still technically allows for Israel's continued existence.