Well, the U.N. Security Council passed Resolution 1701 calling for a ceasefire between Israel and the terrorist thugs of Hezbollah. Cue the news media’s orgasmic paroxysms of joy. Peace! Finally, we have peace for our time! Release the white doves and put flowers in the rifle barrels. Peace! We finally have peace!

Yeah, right.

The problem is that Lebanon’s army can’t force Hezbollah to disarm. Here is the news as reported in The Australian News site:

IT was supposed to be the day the maligned Lebanese army took control of the country’s borders and policed the UN ceasefire.

Instead, the military commanders were left humiliated and troops stranded as Hezbollah told them not to disarm its fighters.

The first infantry units were preparing to head south when Hezbollah showed who controls the area by announcing it would not surrender its weapons.

General Michel Sleiman, commander-in-chief of the Lebanese army, and his lieutenants had been invited to join cabinet meetings to finalise plans to deploy the 15,000-strong force south of the Litani River.

But they were lectured by Hezbollah’s two ministers in the coalition Government on what the army could and could not do.

What a surprise! Hezbollah appears to have its own agenda and doesn’t want to kowtow to the Lebanese government. This is something that Orson Scott Card wrote about back on July 16, 2006, before Israel launched its land campain:

If Israel sends its troops into southern Lebanon, you can be sure that it will be condemned as a violation of “Lebanese sovereignty.”

What Lebanese sovereignty?

Either the Lebanese government controls southern Lebanon or it doesn’t.

If it is sovereign Lebanese territory, then Lebanon as an entirety is responsible for the terror missile attacks launched against Israeli civilians by the Hezbollah forces that openly rule there. Therefore, Lebanon has committed acts of war against Israel, and Israel is perfectly justified in any military action it takes against the entirety of Lebanon.

But if the Lebanese government declares that it is not responsible for missiles launched from that region of their nominal territory, then by that admission they confess that it is hot territory for which the Lebanese government claims responsibility. In which case, Hezbollah is the ruler of that territory (which it is), and Israel, regardless of lines on a map, has a right to invade Hezbollah territory and destroy the capacity of that enemy to make war against them.

It appears that the Lebanese government doesn’t control southern Lebanon after all. Are you really surprised?

UPDATE (8/14/2006 4:39:48 PM): Looks like the dynamic duo of Cox and Forkum have identified this same problem:

Disarmed?

The useless U.N. Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 1701 calling on a cease fire in Lebanon between the Israeli military and the Hezbollah thugs funded and armed by Iran.

Interestingly enough at the time of this writing, the lead graphic on the U.N.’s page for the “Situation in the Middle East”, has some text about the fighting in Lebanon, but contains a shifting image of an oil spill with the following caption highlighted by me: “The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is gravely concerned about the impact of an oil spill along Lebanon’s coast.”

UN wacky priorities

But I digress.

Every time I hear someone gush about how wonderful this resolution is, I get a flashback of Neville Chamberlain waving a bit of paper and proclaiming, “I believe it is peace for our time.” And I think this will be as effective as that resolution was. I’m not the only one who see this as meaningless. Hezbollah thug-in-chief, Sheik Hassan, also sees this as meaningless for peace:

He called continued resistance to the Israel offensive “our natural right.”

The Shiite cleric also predicted more hard fighting to come.

“We must not make a mistake, not in the resistance, the government or the people, and believe that the war has ended. The war has not ended. There have been continued strikes and continued casualties,” he said in a taped television address.

Claudia Rosett of National Review Online recognizes this cease fire for what it really is. It won’t be a time of Hezbollah beating their swords into plowshares and singing “Kumbaya” arm-in-arm with Israelis.

Unfortunately, if Resolution 1701 has any effect at all, its real meaning is that we now embark on a period in which Hezbollah will seize the opportunity to regroup and reload. The feeble and compromised mix of U.N. peacekeepers and the Lebanese army, which is the force authorized in this resolution, will fail to stop them. Iran and Syria will proceed apace with their terrorist infection and subjugation of Lebanon. The U.N. will wave around this latest piece of paper to try to prevent Israel from defending itself, or, for that matter, defending the rest of us against the “Death to Israel! Death to America!” Hezbollah agenda. Iran’s President Ahmadinejad, enjoying yet another confirmation of the U.N.’s mincing impotence in the face of guns, bombs, rockets, and terror, will continue his fevered preparations to roll out the nuclear bomb.

Cox and Forkum sum it up well with their political cartoon titled, “Snatching Defeat”:

Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

UPDATE (8/12/2006 10:25:54 AM): John Hinderaker of Power Line sees that this call for peace is destined to fail:

So Hezbollah is to be disarmed. By whom? When? How? The resolution is silent. In fact, the disarming of Hezbollah isn’t going to happen; it can’t, unless Hezbollah unilaterally decides to disband. And why would it do that? Likewise, the resolution decrees that no weapons will be shipped into Lebanon except with the approval of that country’s government. That isn’t going to happen either. Iran and Syria will continue to supply Hezbollah.

So the agreement will fail. Hezbollah will emerge with heightened stature as the first Arab force to fight Israel without being crushed. And Israel will have to renew the battle at some future date, under conditions that will almost certainly be more difficult than at present.

So it’s hard for me to see this deal as anything but a defeat for all who want to vigorously oppose the advance of Islamic imperialism in the Middle East and beyond.

A frequent contributor at Little Green Footballs is a woman who goes by the alias Zombie. She has done a marvelous job of visiting various demonstrations, rallies, and general nutty activities of the Left. Thanks to her dedicated service, the activities of the Left can be seen in all their disturbing glory.

In addition to her photos of rallies, Zombie has posted a page outlining the various categories of fraud as perpetrated by Reuters. She describes the four categories this way:

  1. Digitally manipulating images after the photographs have been taken.
  2. Photographing scenes staged by Hezbollah and presenting the images as if they were of authentic spontaneous news events.
  3. Photographers themselves staging scenes or moving objects, and presenting photos of the set-ups as if they were naturally occurring.
  4. Giving false or misleading captions to otherwise real photos that were taken at a different time or place.

Kudos to Zombie for categorizing the fraud so nicely and putting it all together on one page. Go read it now. And show it to a liberal friend.

P.S. — If Reuters is guilty of this amount of fraud and bias, what is the likelihood that it is the only news service thus guilty? Or is Reuters just the most egregious of the lot?

Among the Little Green Footballs crowd, the Reuters News Service is often referred to as “Al-Reuters” because of their obvious leanings towards anti-Israeli and anti-American organizations and people. You can file this Al-Reuters photo of Beirut under the CBS memo category of “fake but accurate” because it is just as fake.

Fake Smoke

In case the link above doesn’t take you to the Reuters’ photo, you can see what the page looks like here. If the forged nature of the picture isn’t blatently obvious to you, check out the photo at Little Green Football as they show evidence of forgery.

UPDATE (8/6/2006 8:50:18 AM): And Al-Reuters pulls the photo with the comment of “Photo editing software was improperly used on this image.” Well, duh!

Here is the corrected photo as posted by Al-Reuters. Notice the foreground as well as the smoke had been altered.

Rerelease

Moiz Syed has created a page that lists the current number of deaths as Israel hunts down the Hezbollah terrorists. I have attached a truncated image of the page as posted on BoingBoing, but it gives you an idea of what Syed is doing. When I pointed out the page to TPK, her tongue-in-cheek response was, “Only 4 UN deaths? Those Israeli slackers!” But she is evil that way. It is interesting to note some of the issues that have come to light because of the UN deaths, namely that Hezbollah has been using the UN people as (unwilling?) human shields for its murderous work.

But what is Syed’s purpose for creating this page? Is it to show just how much more effective the Israeli military force is over the Hezbollah terrorists? I notice that there is no distinction drawn between innocent Lebanese civilians and the Hezbollah terrorists who are cowardly blending in among them. Or is it Syed’s purpose to show how uneven this conflict has been? If so, does he expect Israel to stop fighting just so Hezbollah can catch up in its death count? Please.

To put this conflict into perspective, Israeli deaths are close to 10% of the total at the time of this writing. If I were an Israeli military commander, I’d be pleased with this outcome because the first and foremost responsibility of the military is to win the war. Killing the enemy is an means to that end, and while it is desirable to avoid civilian deaths, it should not be a priority lest the enemy use your moral compunction against you. And there are times when civilian deaths simply cannot be avoided.

Here is one last way of putting these numbers into perspective. Based on Syed’s format, here are the military deaths in World War II for the U.S., Germany, and Japan; each coffin represents 10,000 dead.

Military Deaths in World War II
U.S.: 407,300
Germany: 5,500,000
Japan: 2,000,000

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Cox and Forkum sum up the current troubles in Lebanon with their latest political cartoon.

Giving Shelter

As criticism of Israel rises with the Lebanese death toll, it is paramount to remember: Hezbollah initiated this war by crossing the Lebanese border into Israel to kill eight Israeli soldiers and kidnap two more. Hezbollah then returned to take refuge in Lebanon, where the terrorist group enjoys a safe haven behind Lebanese human shields. The civilian casualties in Lebanon will continue to rise, as long as Lebanon continues to harbor Hezbollah. The responsibility for the death of every single Lebanese victim should be laid at the feet of Hezbollah, and any Lebanese who have supported Hezbollah’s base of operations in Lebanon.

Israel didn’t start this. But I hope that Israel will finish it. For those people who think it is a terrible thing that innocents are dying at the hands of Israeli forces, I remind them of Niven’s Laws, especially 1b:

1a – Never throw s*** at an armed man.
1b – Never stand next to someone who is throwing s*** at an armed man.