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August 3, 2006
The True Purpose Of The Cease Fire

At least one world leader has given an honest assessment of why an immediate cease fire should occur in the Hezbollah-Israeli conflict, now entering its fourth week. Oddly enough -- or not -- that world leader runs Iran:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday the solution to the Middle East crisis was to destroy Israel, state-media reported.

In a speech during an emergency meeting of Muslim leaders in Malaysia, Ahmadinejad also called for an immediate cease-fire to end the fighting between Israel and the Iranian-backed group Hizbullah.

"Although the main solution is for the elimination of the Zionist regime, at this stage an immediate cease-fire must be implemented," Ahmadinejad said, according to state-run television in a report posted on its Web site Thursday.

Ahmadinejad made these comments at a hastily-arranged summit of Muslim nations in an attempt to get more support for Iran's proxy in Lebanon. He implored the other leaders to cut any ties they may have with Israel and to unite together to destroy it, as well as isolate the United States and UK. Unlike others insisting on an immediate cessation of hostilities, Ahmadinejad rejected the notion of an international peacekeeping force, claiming that the Lebanese should retain sole responsibility for the area.

While this may be a rather extreme example, it does show the general purpose of the cease-fire demands. After all, who exactly would take responsibility for that agreement? Israel would, and Lebanon would be their partner. However, Lebanon has yet to bring Hezbollah under control, which is the entire problem. The Lebanese government can't disarm the terrorists, and it's still a large question as to whether they would if they had the ability.

Cease-fire agreements have to have two responsible partners, both willing to enforce the pact. That doesn't exist in southern Lebanon any more than it does in Gaza and the West Bank, where Israel has plenty of experience with this concept. A cease fire at this stage does nothing but handcuff Israel and allow Hezbollah back into southern Lebanon to re-arm and restart the war.

Of course, Iran favors this because, as Ahmadinejad said, it would be a first step to the destruction of Israel. Oe wonders why other nations, supposedly Israel's Western allies, favor this strategy as well.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at August 3, 2006 6:50 AM

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