Krauss: UN Peacekeepers in Lebanon Part of Problem, Not Solution
UNIFIL has become "a very convenient and high-profile human shield for terrorists," according to Professor Michael Krauss in a National Review Online article dealing with current international efforts to end the conflict in southern Lebanon.
The U.N.'s Human Shields, National Review Online, July 25, 2006. By Michael I. Krauss and J. Peter Pham.
"When Israeli forces completed their pullout from Lebanon in early 2000, Foreign Minister David Levy reminded Annan that it was now up to Lebanon, in collaboration with UNIFIL, to live up to their obligations to deploy the Lebanese army in the south and to secure its border. That the present conflict is occurring is proof positive of the failure of the Lebanese government and of UNIFIL to even attempt to fulfill these obligations. The arsenal and forces that Hezbollah has amassed on Israel's northern frontier were assembled under the eyes of UNIFIL. In fact, accusing the U.N. troops of "failure" would be inaccurate; 'enabler' might be a more apt description."