Tuesday, October 17, 2006

How Do They Do It?

I mean, how is it that the French have this uncanny ability to be on the wrong side of literally every issue that's placed before them? Consider (via LGF):

Peretz: French UNIFIL commanders say will shoot at IAF overflights

Commanders of the French contingent of the United Nations force in Lebanon have warned that they might have to open fire if Israel Air Force warplanes continue their overflights in Lebanon, Defense Minister Amir Peretz told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday.

Peretz said that nevertheless, Israel would continue to patrol the skies over Lebanon as long as United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701 remained unfulfilled, adding that such operations were critical for the country's security, especially as the abducted IDF soldiers remain in Hezbollah custody and the transfer of arms continue.

Over the past few days, Peretz said, Israel had gathered clear evidence that Syria was transferring arms and ammunition to Lebanon, meaning that the embargo imposed by UN Resolution 1701 was not being completely enforced.

The French have repeatedly stated that they will not use force to disarm Hizballah or to inhibit the smuggling of arms from Syria that Hizballah is using to attack Israel. They will, however use use force to shoot down Israeli planes during overflights.

The French "peacekeeping" mission in Lebanon seems to be little more than to provide protection to Hizballah while it rearms for further attacks on Israel, all with the tacit approval of the UN. Could we expect any less from the French, or the UN?

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