Title: The Fall of Pro-West Lebanon And The Pressure On UNIFIL Peacekeepers To Withdraw May Have Already Begun
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Before Israel would withdraw her forces from Lebanon in the 33-day war of July - August, 2006, she insisted that the United Nations send in a potent peacekeeping force which could fight well against any Islamic attack on the Jewish state. After much haggling, the United Nations sent in a 13,000 man force lead by the French. These forces seem to be the most militarily capable forces the UN has ever sent in to a county as peacekeepers. They are even said to be able to shoot down Israeli airplanes.
Therefore, it seems logical that Islamic strategists would feel the need to bring pressure on these UN peacekeepers (UNIFIL) to withdraw before they launch their planned attack on Israel. There seems to be two ways to bring this withdrawal:
1) By systematically and constantly attacking UNIFIL forces so that the UN Secretary General would order their withdrawal
2) By overthrowing the currently pro-West government of Lebanon so that the new "legitimate" government could demand that the peacekeepers be withdrawn. This course of action seemed to me to be the most likely to occur, until the suicide attack on Spanish peacekeepers yesterday. Perhaps Islamic strategists are pursuing both avenues to see which one will bring the first results!
Let us review the deadly attack on UNIFIL peacekeepers.
NEWS BRIEF: "Six peacekeepers killed in Lebanon", The Australian News, June 25, 2007
"A CAR bomb, 'most likely' driven by a suicide bomber, killed six UN peacekeepers in south Lebanon ... It was the first deadly attack on the 13,000-strong United Nations force since last year's Israel-Hezbollah war and drew swift condemnation from the United States, France and others. A police source said a mangled car was found at the scene with human remains inside."
"Spanish Defence Minister Jose Antonio Alonso said two Spanish and three Colombian peacekeepers, all serving in the Spanish army, had been killed in the blast. Three Spanish soldiers were also wounded, he said."
The bomb blast was massive.
"The attack hit two UN vehicles near the southern town of Khiyam. Witnesses said ammunition in a troop carrier had exploded after the initial blast. Two soldiers on top of the vehicle were blown dozens of metres into a field. Two of those who died inside were burnt beyond recognition." (Ibid.)
In this next segment, notice that Islamic militants are already accusing UNIFIL peacekeepers of atrocities against civilians.
"A spokesman for Fatah al-Islam, an al Qaeda-inspired Sunni group, which has been battling Lebanese troops in a Palestinian refugee camp near Tripoli for the past five weeks, accused UNIFIL on June 2 of bombarding the camp. UNIFIL denied it. A few days later, a small bomb was found and defused in Tyre, near a beach resort frequented by UNIFIL personnel." (Ibid.)
DEBKAfile Intelligence noted, a few days ago, that a small bomb had been found and defused in Tyre. Their experts believed that Islamic strategists had deliberately set that bomb, wanting it to be discovered, as a way of warning UNIFIL that they were now open to attack. Perhaps this "first-ever" suicide bomber was the "payoff" for that earlier warning.
Condemnation was quick in forthcoming.
"Lebanese politicians flocked to condemn the bombing, which Saad al-Hariri, Sunni leader of the ruling Western-backed coalition, described as 'a grave terrorist attack'. Prime Minister Fouad Siniora called his Spanish counterpart to decry the bombing. In Paris, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice joined French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner in denouncing the attack. Spain has 1100 troops serving in the UNIFIL force which patrols the south and Lebanese coastal waters."
Spain has 1,100 soldiers of the total UNIFIL force of 13,000. Their government was one of the first to quit Iraq, so perhaps their earlier weakness of resolve in Iraq led Islamic leaders to conclude that they were the weakest link in the UNIFIL chain.
Since it would be very difficult to fight this robust, capable UNIFIL force of 13,000, in addition to Israel, it seems logical to me that these attacks will continue, building in intensity and frequency of occurrence, until the UN Secretary General orders their withdrawal. As soon as you see news of such a withdrawal, you will know that war will begin in a very short time.
As we stated, above, perhaps the easiest and quickest way to achieve a UNIFIL withdrawal from southern Lebanon would be to overthrow the current pro-Western government of PM Siniora, a government which is tottering and teetering right now. Therefore, we should not be surprised to learn that fighting between the Lebanese army and Islamic militants has erupted again, and in areas other than original Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr el-Bared, just outside Tripoli.
NEWS BRIEF: "10 killed in clashes between Lebanese troops and militants", The Jerusalem Post, June 24, 2007
"Lebanese troops clashed with suspected al-Qaida militants who barricaded themselves in a building in the northern port city of Tripoli early Sunday, and 10 people were killed, including a soldier and six gunmen ... The clashes Saturday night and again early Sunday in the Tripoli neighborhood of Abu Samra marked a new escalation in the army's battle with Islamic militants, as the fighting shifted from the bomb-ravaged, besieged Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr el-Bared on Tripoli's outskirts back to this city .... Six of the gunmen were also killed, the officials said, adding that troops stormed the building and were nearing the end of the operation."
Note that this fighting "marked a new escalation in the army's battle with Islamic militants".
Such an escalation is to be expected if the aim is to destabilize the current government so greatly that it would fall. If and when it falls, a pro-Syrian government will inevitably take its place. This new government could then demand that the UNIFIL peacekeepers withdraw from Lebanon, and could even set a deadline by which that withdrawal has to be accomplished. An all-out attack by Hezbollah could be expected rather rapidly once the UN troops leave.
Israel is taking note of these developments. Her intelligence service also believes that these actions add up to war -- and soon.
NEWS BRIEF: "Israel braces for July war with up to five enemies", World Tribune, June 25, 2007
"JERUSALEM — Israel is preparing for an imminent war with Iran, Syria and/or their non-state clients. Israeli military intelligence has projected that a major attack could come from any of five adversaries in the Middle East. Officials said such a strike could spark a war as early as July 2007. On Sunday, Israeli military intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin told the Cabinet that the Jewish state faces five adversaries in what could result in an imminent confrontation. Yadlin cited Iran, Syria, Hizbullah, Hamas and Al Qaida."
Cutting Edge has been warning for some time now that Israel is going to be attacked by Syria, Hizbullah, and Hamas. Whether Iran joins directly is up to debate, and we believe that "Al Qaida" is simply an American invention anyway in order to justify President Bush's "War On Terror". However, a House committee issued a report to The Congress in December, 1996, which stated that Iran, Syria, and Palestinians would be the major nations to attack to Israel, and would soon be joined by Egypt (NEWS1056 and NEWS1057).
Since Egypt enters into this equation, the action of President Mubarak on Saturday in suddenly reversing her position and supporting Hamas has to be taken by Israeli Intelligence as a very serious matter, perhaps even as a prelude to war.
NEWS BRIEF: "Sudden Egyptian reversal makes decision to lift anti-Hamas blockade of Gaza" DEBKAfile Intelligence, June 24, 2007
"President Hosni Mubarak’s astonishing U-turn renders pretty pointless the conference he convened in Sharm al Sheikh Monday, June 25, to discuss the Hamas takeover crisis. Only Saturday, he denounced Hamas for staging an illegal coup. Sunday, June 24, our exclusive intelligence sources report an official VIP convoy headed by Hamas’ interior minister Siad Sayam – who is believed to have masterminded the Hamas coup in Gaza - was allowed to drive out of Gaza with 15 senior Hamas commanders who led the military action against Fatah last week. Their cars bore official Palestinian government plates. Egyptian security units escorted the convoy from Rafah to Cairo international airport, where the Hamas delegation emplaned for Damascus."
Note here that Egyptian security personnel allowed 15 senior Hamas commanders to leave The Gaza Strip and get on a plane bound for Syria. Such Egyptian cooperation had to have been authorized at the highest level of Egyptian government, which means "President Mubarak". This next segment speaks to this reality.
"DEBKAfile’s military sources describe Cairo’s action as a slap in the face for the three leaders he (President Mubarak) invited to the Sharm el-Sheikh conference - Jordan’s King Abdullah, Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. He called the get-together in the first place to discuss ways of isolating Hamas into submission. His reversal was also a message for Israel’s new defense minister Ehud Barak, who attended his first cabinet meeting in Jerusalem Sunday. By helping the Hamas minister in charge of defense take off for military consultations with Syrian leaders, the Mubarak government was informing Israel that it would line up with Hamas against any Israeli military action ordered by Barak against the Islamist rulers of Gaza. Since the Hamas takeover, Qassam missiles and mortar attacks against Israel are a daily occurrence."
Did you catch that statement? President Mubarak is clearly lining up behind the radical Hamas government in any military confrontation with Israel. As Israeli Defense Minister Barak plans an invasion of The Gaza Strip with a reported 20,000 IDF soldiers, he must take into account a probable Egyptian military response to support Hamas. This kind of action can easily lead to a shooting war. We shall now have to be alert to any news stories that Egypt is beefing up her military presence against Israel.
The prospect of a long-term American ally (President Mubarak) suddenly turning against the Americans is sober, indeed, for it represents the "sea change" of attitude which is occurring right now against American and Israeli policy throughout the entire Middle East. For a wide variety of reasons, Islamic people, Islamic parties, and Islamic nations are turning as one against Western policy and their leaders.
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