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Roundtable Forum - MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT

European leaders have endorsed a call by the United Nations for a military force to quell the escalating conflict in Lebanon by establishing a buffer zone. U.S. officials question whether such a force could contribute much in quelling the conflict, much less lead to the eventual disarmament of Hezbollah or its Iranian and Syrian support being cut off. Would a UN military force be effective in de-escalating the conflict, fan the flames, or just become a tool of the extremists in the region? (7/26/2006)

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kk. - Iran
Mon, August 21, 2006 08:29 PM (about 12 years ago)
PART2: The problem of the “Israelis and Palestinians”, is the “land”. Israel is still on the assumption that if they occupy some lands, and settle people in those occupied lands, they can own the lands. The Palestinians (Hezbollah) does not agree with this assumption. IF UN comes there, but does not solve the problem of “land ownership”, it is just a matter of time that we see another round of fights and killings.
kk. - Iran
Mon, August 21, 2006 08:26 PM (about 12 years ago)
PART1:I see two very diverse perspectives here. One (Dr. Muravchik) which suggest “defanging” the “effect” (Hezbollah), and one (Dr. Mahmoom) which suggest solving the “problem” (ending the occupation). This problem of Middle East is not about a irrational acts of terrorist groups, and it will not end will controlling or “defanging” the parties involved. The problem as Dr. Mahmoon mentions is about “Land”. As he thoughtfully mentioned “wound that can’t heal until Israeli establishes an independent Palestine within its pre 1967 borders”. So far UN has tried to play the role of pain-killer pill in the region, which of course, as we all know, it won’t not heal the wounds, since the region is to deeply wounded to be able to recover by itself.
wfranklin - United Kingdom
Fri, July 28, 2006 07:09 PM (about 12 years ago)
Based on its continued lack of effectiveness in crisis zones such as Darfur, there's no reason to believe such a force will have a positive impact in the crisis. All the more reason that the UN, in its current form, is a dinosaur.
Dr. Nathan Brown, Carnegie Endowment

Response: An international force could be sent to Lebanon for one of two purposes: to monitor a politically negotiated settlement or to disarm Hizbullah. The first would require Hizbullah’s consent; the second its defeat. Neither seems likely at this stage.

Dr. Joshua Muravchik, AEI

Response: There are “international forces”, and then there are international forces. There is already an international force on the Lebanese-Israel border that has been there for 28 years and accomplished nothing.

There is no possibility of an international force that could quell the current fighting. The obvious reason is physics: the force would be on the ground, while the missiles, artillery

Dr. John J. Tierney, Institute of World Politics

Response: Collective action to such regional hot spots as Lebanon, Palestine, Bosnia etc. offer much more effective and promising solutions than unilateral action, either by the U.S. or Israel. The general failure of the "peacekeeping" concept, however, does not offer much confidence in this idea. The problem is how to effectively coalesce and coordinate multilateral action under creative leadership. This i

Dr. Sohail Mahmood, Preston University (Pakistan)

Response: Let us first be clear on the facts of the case before we talk about any new peacekeeping initiative. The situation in Lebanon has become very grim. Israel’ aggression in Lebanon has resulted in over 500 civilian dead. Many Lebanese towns have been destroyed by continuous Israeli bombardment and hundreds of thousands of Lebanese civilians have been uprooted from their homes, forced to flee the bomb

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