Monday, July 17, 2006

United Nations Needs to Intervene in Middle East

I agree with British PM Tony Blair and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan that a peacekeeping force be sent into the Middle East to maintain peace [ABC News, Blair, Annan Call for Troops in Israel]:
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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5 comments:

Mark said...

I disagree that Israel has been disproportionate.

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Jim said...

Mark,

It is disproportionate and should not be justified.

You're simply arguing that Israel should retaliate with and by any means necessary, regardless of the consequences, in its hunt for a few criminals because these few don't play by the rules.

That's a flawed argument.

doug said...

"You're simply arguing that Israel should retaliate with and by any means necessary, regardless of the consequences, in its hunt for a few criminals because these few don't play by the rules."--Jim

I don't think you have any idea what 'disproportionate' really is.
For a country like Russia to suggest that the Israeli campaign has been 'excessive' is nothing but laughable. Grozny anyone?

Disproportionate would be the total obliteration of Beirut and the staffing of refugees as they fled the city.

Lebanon and Lebanon alone is responsible for Hezbollah. If it can't police it s own territory (and it CAN'T), then others must.

If you allow monsters to infest your house, do nothing about it, and then sit by passively while they shoot my brother, you had best have fire insurance on that house. I will try to avoid you but if they are hiding behind you when I come to call, you are in serious trouble.

The concept of 'disproportionate force' is merely a ruse behind which the 'weaker' can shield itself from the 'stronger'. That's like saying that because I weigh 250 lbs and have martial arts training, and you are a 90 lb weakling, you have a right to expect me to tie both my hands in any conflict with you. After YOU started the conflict.

Ridiculous.

Jim said...

The concept of 'disproportionate force' is merely a ruse behind which the 'weaker' can shield itself from the 'stronger'. That's like saying that because I weigh 250 lbs and have martial arts training, and you are a 90 lb weakling, you have a right to expect me to tie both my hands in any conflict with you. After YOU started the conflict.

No, that's not disproportionate force. Disproportionate force would be disabling the 90 lb weakling, then kicking him in the head, then taking a baseball bat to his legs, and sending a note to his family that they're next.

doug said...

No, that's not disproportionate force. Disproportionate force would be disabling the 90 lb weakling, then kicking him in the head, then taking a baseball bat to his legs, and sending a note to his family that they're next.--Jim

LOL

My only quibble with this excellent proposal is the 'note to his family', bit. I see no reason whatsoever to announce your intent before the fact. Far better to just show up and yell --- Surpise !!