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When Peacekeepers Don’t Keep the Peace

By Jonathan Greenberg, originally published in the New York Observer 

If you’re feeling an extra sense of comfort about the maintenance of world order, there’s good reason: the United Nations Security Council held an emergency session this week to discuss the flare-up between Israel and the Iranian-backed terror organization that controls southern Lebanon, Hezbollah.

Nearly two weeks ago, some enterprising military helicopters allegedly belonging to Israel attacked a convoy in Quneitra—a province on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. In addition to the Iranian general killed in the attack (perhaps he was on his way to the P5+1 talks in Geneva?), Hezbollah commander Jihad Mughniyeh—son of the late and unlamented arch-terrorist Imad Mughniyeh—also met his end. Hezbollah vowed to respond and, Wednesday morning, they did. Seven Israeli soldiers came under cross-border anti-tank fire. Two were killed. Israel responded with artillery fire on Hezbollah targets in southern Lebanon. A Spanish UN peacekeeper was killed in the Israeli response.

While the Security Council debated into the night, they did agree to condemn the killing of the Spanish peacekeeper. The Spanish ambassador to the UN blamed Israel for escalating the situation and for the death of the soldier. It would have been more fair to blame the UN for sending peacekeepers there in the first place, keeping them from being taken seriously by either side in the conflict, and allowing Hezbollah to effectively use them as human shields. Since that was too complicated, the Spanish ambassador did what Europeans do: he blamed the Jews.
Continue Reading Here at the New York Observer

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