Monday, July 2, 2007

See No Evil, Hear No Evil

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon acknowledged intelligence information received from Israel, obtained via surveillance flights, of massive violations by Hezbollah of the terms of United Nations Resolution 1701.

Ban stated in particular that the weapons smuggling has enabled "Hezbollah to rearm to the same levels as before last year's war or beyond."

He also expressed concern for the lives of Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, whose unconditional release was one of the provisions in the resolution. Goldwasser and Regev were kidnapped by Hezbollah terrorists. Not only was that kidnapping, within Israeli territory, illegal and an act of war, but they have been held incommunicado, even denied visits from the Red Cross.

According to a senior diplomatic official commenting on the report, "If Iran and Syria continue their subversive activities, they will be the downfall of Resolution 1701."

Lest one be lulled into believing the United Nations was having an outbreak of rationality, Ban said UNIFIL reported "a significant increase in Israeli air violations, through jet and unmanned aerial vehicle overflights of Lebanese territory."

Apparently, he'd be happier if Israel wasn't able to report on terrorist violations, so he wouldn't feel any need to notice them.

He should concentrate on the implementation of the important parts of the United Nations resolution: the freeing of Ehud Goldwassr and Eldad Regev (along with Gilad Shalit, kidnapped by Hamas terrorists about the same time) and eliminating Hezbollah's terrorist mini-state within Lebanon. If he did that, there would be no need for Israeli reconnaissance flights.

An article about Ban Ki-moon's report may be found in the online edition of Haaretz, among other locations.

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