Wednesday, July 26, 2006
No agreement on Lebanon ceasefire in Rome conference
Israeli children hiding in a shelter during Hezbolah rocket attacks, Kiryat Shimona
As the fighting in Lebanon between Israel and Hezbollah goes on representatives from 15 nations convened in Rome to discuss the crisis and draft potential solutions.
The conference mood was diplomatically reported as `difficult'...diplospeak for a major shouting match. No concensus or decisions were made on ceasefire proposals or the deployment of a multi-national peacekeeping force to the Israel-Lebanon border to ensure the disarmament of Hizbullah.
Not exactly surprising, especially given the antipathy against Israel by some of the participants and the sympathy for Hezbollah by the Lebanese government.
During the meeting, Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora made the usual dramatic appeal to stop the killing as soon as possible. “In the past 15 days we are being bombarded daily. Dozens of civilians are being hurt. Lebanon is being torn to shreds,” he said.
I guess that's what happens in a war when you enable and support one of the participants.
It's actually pretty simple. Israel is not going to stop its offensive unless the threat of Hezbollah is eliminated and its hostages are returned. Anything short of that is a waste of time for all concerned.
Iran and Syria were not invited to the conference.