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A new war is brewing in Lebanon February 23, 2007

Posted by infidelkafirwatch in Uncategorized.

Suspicion of UN troops grows in south Lebanon . . .

The international force, deployed to keep the peace and support the expansion of the Lebanese army’s authority over the previously Hizbullah-controlled south, is perceived by villagers to be favouring Israel.“They are not our guests any more,” said Hajj Ali, a revered Hizbullah fighter from the large southern town of Bint Jbeil, who limps from an injury sustained during the summer war. “If they continue to help the Israelis we will have to take action against them.”

Many in the south suspect Israel is trying to create a buffer zone along the border on Lebanese land allegedly captured during the war and that the UN is assisting it, furthering the popular perception that the UN forces, Unifil, are in south Lebanon to protect Israel from Hizbullah. Hizbullah, Lebanon’s largest political party, is still part of the social fabric and continues military activities along the border.

Many in south Lebanon have struggled through the winter with intermittent electricity and running water, under threat from unexploded cluster munitions, which still litter large swaths of the countryside. More than 30 people have been killed and 180 wounded by bomblets since the war ended. Residents complain of Israeli overflights and incursions and this month a clash erupted when the Lebanese army opened fire on Israeli troops.

In the bomb-shattered village of Maroun al-Ras, overlooking the Lebanon Israeli border, 65-year-old farmer Mohammed Allawi was repairing damage to his house from Israeli shelling. He said many farmers were no longer able to tend their fields for fear of being shot by Israeli troops.

“Unifil has not lifted a hand against Israel but only intervenes to protect the Israelis, why are they on our land and why have they brought so many tanks?”

Hussein, a relative from Bint Jbeil, said the French were particularly unpopular. Hostility towards Lebanon’s former colonial power can be found across the south. “Why are the French so aggressive?” asked Mr Allawi’s wife, Fatmeh, “They come through the village at night in their big, noisy tanks, scaring the children. They never talk to us and we don’t know what they are doing.”

Nevertheless, Unifil provides jobs and social services and plays a vital role in disposing of unexploded munitions.

[none of which would be necessary had israel abided by international law.]

Hizbullah still dominates the south, its security men policing the Shia villages and its fighters patrolling the border, albeit with greater stealth than before. A senior Unifil official said operational bunkers had been found and that Hizbullah fighters had been seen on patrols.

As the UN destroys Hizbullah’s military infrastructure, the threat of confrontation grows. The official, speaking off the record, said some areas controlled by the Lebanese army were off limits to the UN. Hajj Ali said they were Hizbullah military zones protected under a deal between Hizbullah and the Lebanese army.

The UN official also said there had been an increase in Hizbullah activity north of the Litani river, outside Unifil’s jurisdiction. “There will be another war in the summer,” Hajj Ali said. “It is the beginning of the end for Israel; we are preparing.”

Is this any surprise, during the war it took the UN and western nations over a month to call for a ceasefire, especially when the western nations US and UK realized that Israel is actually getting a bashing from Hezbollah. Its no surprise that UN is working for the west and openly favors decisions and actions in favor of Israel and US.

It’s a shame and usually this type of favoritism is very short lived indeed.



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