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September 6, 2006
Germans Plan For Success, Which Gets Hezbollah Objection

Hezbollah has objected to the deployment of German troops in the sub-Litani region, the German magazine Expatica reports, because Germany intends to fulfill the literal mandate of UNSCR 1701. Hezbollah expressed "reservations" over German intentions to search vehicles entering its area for arms:

The Shiite Hezbollah militia has expressed "reservations" about Germany's involvement in the multinational UN force deploying for Lebanon, owing to German demands that its troops be allowed to stop and search boats bound for the country.

"Our reservations are regarding the German demand to search boats as they enter Lebanon," Hezbollah member of parliament Hussein Haj Hassan told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa on Tuesday. "Such a demand stands against the sovereignty of Lebanon."

Hezbollah "is not against the German government and has great respect for the German people," Haj Hassan stressed, "but they want the German government to review its stand towards Lebanon." Haj Hassan additionally accused Berlin of bias towards Israel's policies in the region.

Translation: Germany will interfere with Hezbollah's plans to re-arm itself. That stands against the sovereignty of Lebanon, as the UN Security Council has noted officially on two occasions. Hezbollah cares much less about Lebanese sovereignty than it does about its own ability to provoke war against Israel from its positions on the other side of the Blue Line, and those boats carry the necessary munitions to act on behalf of their paymasters in Teheran and Damascus. This objection shows clearly that Hezbollah wants to exploit the cease-fire to reload, not to make peace.

Angela Merkel will no doubt receive a correction from Kofi Annan regarding the literal reading of Security Council resolutions. If it requires positive action against terrorists and tinpot totalitarians, these resolutions are to be read symbolically, or not at all. (via It Shines For All)

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