Rich Galen

  • And you wonder why the UN is held in such high regard by a significant percentage of the American people.

  • On July 12, 2006 the BBC had the headline describing the only possible result of the UN's inaction:

    Hezbollah Seizes Israel Soldiers
    Lebanese guerrillas have captured two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid, triggering the first Israeli land incursion into the country since 2000.

  • Farther down in the piece we learn why the Israelis have reacted as they have:
    Hezbollah captured three Israeli soldiers in 2000. They died during the operation, but four years later, the group was able to exchange their bodies for 430 Palestinians and Lebanese held in Israeli jails.

  • Oh. I see. Cease fire. Prisoner swap after four years (three dead Israelis for 430 live Palestinians and Hezbollah). Everyone lives happily ever after. Until they do it again. Two years later.

  • Which brings us around to the notion of what is going to happen next. Everyone has a great reason why they can't or won't commit troops to Lebanon. According to the reporting in the NY Times by Elaine Sciolino and Steven Erlanger:
    "The United States has ruled out its soldiers' participating, NATO says it is overstretched, Britain feels its troops are overcommitted and Germany says it is willing to participate only if Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia that it would police, agrees to it, a highly unlikely development."

  • One EU official hit the nail on the head when he said, "Everyone will volunteer to be in charge of the logistics in Cyprus."

  • A columnist for an Israeli paper said:
    "They only had one small condition - for the force to be made up of soldiers from another country. The Germans recommended France; the French recommended Egypt, and so on."

  • The Israelis. The Israelis will commit troops. To defend themselves. Again.

  • On the Secret Decoder Ring Page today: A ton 'o links to everything in the column. Drift over there and read the form of one of these UN Resolutions. Also a Mullfoto and a Catchy Caption of the Day.

  • 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