What's Up, Doc?
Charles Levinson of the Conflict Blotter discovers the dark side of dealing with Hezbollah. "Their interaction with the press borders on fascist. ... It is clear there are chilling developments going on in southern Lebanon, especially north of the Litani that I will address in later blog posts." Meanwhile, the Counterterrorism Blog wonders why Hezbollah is getting its own dedicated comm network in Southern Lebanon. Any ideas what could be up?
Whatever is going on is happening right under the noses of UNIFIL. Noah Pollak writes at the National Review.
UNIFIL's size was increased from a few thousand to almost 14,000 troops with the approval of 1701, and the new "robust" and "enhanced" force was supposed, at long last, to fill the power vacuum in southern Lebanon and prevent Hezbollah from rebuilding its terrorist nation on Israel's northern border.
But the new UNIFIL has of course done nothing. Actually, worse than nothing: In the year since the end of the war, Iran and Syria have been rearming Hezbollah at a torrid pace, this time with better weaponry than before, and UNIFIL has barely even pretended to be interested in disrupting the arms flow. UNIFIL's rules of engagement prevent the border with Syria from being patrolled, and UNIFIL blue-helmets have neither the desire nor the means to confront Hezbollah.