Renewing failure

At the end of August, the UN will renew UNIFIL’s mandate in southern Lebanon. The new “robust” UNIFIL was created by Resolution 1701 a year ago as part of the Israel-Hezbollah cease-fire. Unfortunately — as I observed last summer in “Lost?” — the insertion of a predictably impotent (at best) international force between Israel and Hezbollah appears to have been Israel’s objective from some point early in the war. In any event, UNIFIL has been a catastrophe for Lebanon and Israel, and someone should take note in connection with the pending reauthorization of UNIFIL’a mandate. At the Corner, Noah Pollak observes that reauthorization will be “Renewing failure.”
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