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The news is full of reports that Israeli air strikes have targeted Iranian-supplied missiles in Syria, which Israeli officials believe were intended for Hezbollah — Iran’s satellite terrorist organization in Lebanon. Midway through a New York Times story on this development comes a reminder that :

Hezbollah is now believed to have more missiles and fighters than it had before its 2006 battle with Israel, when Hezbollah missiles forced a third of Israel’s population into shelters and hit as far south as Haifa.

“More missiles” may be putting it modestly. In 2011, Israeli authorities said that Hezbollah had rearmed to the extent of amassing more than three times the weapons it had prior to the 2006 war. Supplementing their allegations with detailed maps, Israeli officials charged that Hezbollah had created a network across southern Lebanon of almost 1,000 rocket and missile facilities, including 550 bunkers and 100 weapons storage units.

All of which raises the question of what’s going on with the UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon, known as UNIFIL (UN Interim Force in Lebanon). UNIFIL was beefed up, at significant cost, after the 2006 war, with the professed aim of ensuring that Hezbollah would not rearm. As spelled out in 2006 in UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which was supposed to secure peace, UNIFIL’s mandate included helping Lebanon’s armed forces ensure that southern Lebanon, bordering on Israel, would be — to quote from the UNIFIL web site — “an area free of any armed personnel, assets and weapons other than those of the government of Lebanon and of UNIFIL deployed in the area.”

Obviously — see the information above — that mandate for ensuring an area free of Hezbollah munitions has not worked out. So what is UNIFIL doing?

UNIFIL remains in southern Lebanon, on an annual budget now totaling almost $550 million (more than 27% of that funded by U.S. taxpayers),  with more than 11,000 peacekeeping troops. Apart from fretting that Hezbollah is taking over, what are they doing?

Well, they are embodying diversity, with troops from 38 countries. They have put out a 2013 calendar featuring “Women of UNIFIL.” And according to a FAQ page on UNIFIL’s web site, they have been providing quite an array of services to the local community: “UNIFIL contingents provide free medical, dental, veterinary and such other assistance to the local population.” Beyond that. they have been providing training programs for the locals, “in such fields as computers, languages, bread making, knitting, yoga, taekwondo and so on.”

So, while UNIFIL has proved unable to stop Hezbollah from amplifying its previous military facilities into a warren of hundreds of bunkers stuffed with thousand of rockets and missiles, UNIFIL has been toiling away to provide everything from computer instruction to free medical care to yoga, knitting, and taekwondo lessons to the local population that hosts these Hezbollah weapons facilities. Should we really call this peacekeeping? Sounds more like free services for Hezbollah.

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this is good Cybergeezer ,you are beyond the age of being seduced by the beauty women with lips dripping with honey
49 weeks ago
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Yikes!
I open up the link" women of Unifil' in article above and staring at me is the China woman dressed in military uniform who moved in across from my penthouse at my great city. But she grew her hair long with red lipstick and sexy night gowns she shows off along with luring music but I resist great sin so far
Come to think of it here on my temple 13 heaven Island another beauty China woman has moved in facing I see out my east window.
Yikes!
49 weeks ago
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Ooh, ooh, the program has been successful. I bought a beautiful handmade knitted scarf on Etsy last month and I believe it ended up arriving from Lebanon. Aren't we supposed to support entrepreneurial spirit? See, another brilliant Win from The Savviest Foreign Policy Ever!
49 weeks ago
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The only thing seriously missing from this comprehensive campaign is Michelle Obama's diet counseling.
49 weeks ago
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Ha!ha!Ha!haHa!haH!a! that's a good one Cyber.Liz I've needed a good laugh today.LIz
49 weeks ago
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It's frustrating. Just when we get a good old fashioned Moslem-on-Moslem bloodletting going, like in Syria the past year, something comes along and ruins everything. Sure enough, Bashir has pushed the magic button and invoked the Jews as the common enemy, hoping to deflate the Sunnis who want his power.

The Iraq-Iran war, whoa, those were the salad days. Back then was a time when infidels could feel safe. It's always better when they're set at one another.

But now, dragging the Jews into what's essentially a Shia vs. Sunni argument has ugly implications.
49 weeks ago
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IF ONLY THE UN PEACEKEEPING FORCE WOULD MOVE FROM LEBANON TO SYRIA ...

Then there would be peace in the region. Why hasn't anyone thought of this yet?
49 weeks ago
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I maybe lunatic soon when the moon starts worshiping me and give me big dreams but what if Turkey and Israel marry figure of speech and take over Lebanon?
The poor mislead people want Barabas instead of peaceful Jesus. And by the marriage it will stop Saddam's weapons of mass destruction in Syria being secretly shipped to "Greece/Troy" to strike at the heart of western civ.
Who would like that to happen ? ( that ring of great power is tempting to the rise of this superpower USA greed money has brought into being)
49 weeks ago
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The Moon IS worshipping you, waxball.
Stand with your back to a mirror and turn out the lights; Drop your drawers, bend over, and shine a flashlight on the mirror.
VOILA!! And a big vertical smile, too!
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