Rich Galen
  • This was the headline in the New York Times on Tuesday, July 25, 2006:

  • Everyone in the class who is surprised by the fact that "No Nation Commits Troops" to help diffuse the illegal Hezbollah terrorists raise hands.

  • No one? Hmm.

  • You've heard about UN Resolution 1559 which was adopted on September 2, 2004 (coming up on TWO YEARS ago) which, among other things, says the UN Security Council:
    Calls for the disbanding and disarmament of all Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias;

  • The last clause:
    Requests that the Secretary-General report to the Security Council within thirty days on the implementation by the parties of this resolution.

  • The Secretary-General of the United Nations is Kofi Annan. Kofi Annan may well go down in history as the single most ineffective human being in the history of the Earth.

  • The "thirty days" called for in the UN resolution was finally met in April 2005 - seven MONTHs later - when Annan announced that a UN team would be going to Lebanon to ensure Syria had withdrawn from Lebanon.

  • According to the Global Policy Forum website, in August of 2005 - nearly a YEAR later - "UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan … said he looked forward to implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1559."

  • This originally had a 30-day deadline, remember.

  • Zip forward to January 2006 - SIXTEEN MONTHS later - when the Lebanon Daily Star reported the new president of the European Union was still calling for implementation of 1559:
    "The European Union reiterates the importance it attaches to the Lebanese government extending its authority to the entire national territory and encourages it to continue the dialogue … with a view to the disarmament of Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias."

  • Also in January 2006 - SIXTEEN MONTHS later - the Security Council noted
    "with concern the suggestion that there have been movements of arms and people into Lebanese territory and … condemns the continued terrorist attacks in Lebanon, which have resulted in the death or injury of scores of Lebanese citizens … as part of a deliberate strategy to destabilize the country and to intimidate the Lebanese people."

  • Rich Galen

    Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at