British Prime Minister Tony Blair and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan called Monday for the deployment of international forces to stop Hezbollah from bombing Israel, an issue that has overshadowed the summit of world leaders.I disagree with the implied objective of those troops, as suggested by the article. The force should be used to prevent attacks originating from either side, as well as used to maintain peace between Israel and Gaza / West Bank.
I'm not entirely sure it's responsible for the world to take positions in this conflict - especially Canada in light of recent events - when Israel has gone clearly above and beyond a measured response to the attack on its soil. At the same time, attacks on Israel should not be tolerated.
Those peacekeepers should be made up of forces not currently engaged in either Iraq or Afghanistan to limit the impression of superpower intervention or imperialism in the region.
Updated : On proportionality, which seems to be dominating the comments section of this post, please go read a post on proportionality at Half an Hour.
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