Saturday, August 12, 2006

Why do they hate the U.N.?

A Tanzanian Muslim man shout slogans in front of a portrait of Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah as thousands of Tanzanian Muslims march during a demostration against the ongoing Israeli assault on Lebanon in the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam, Friday, Aug. 4, 2006. The writing on the placard read in Kiswahili ' The United Nations is powerless'. (AP Photo/Khalfan Said)

Iraqi men carry a mock coffin during their protest in front of the US and British consulates in the southern city of Basra against Israel's offensive in Lebanon August 5, 2006. REUTERS/Atef Hassan (IRAQ

An activist from a Pakistani religious group holds a placard during a rally to protest the death of civilians in Israeli air strikes in Lebanon and the Gaza, during a protest in Lahore August 4, 2006. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza (PAKISTAN)

A protester hangs a pacifier with a black ribbon to the gate of the United Nations House in Ankara August 2, 2006, during a demostration against the killing of children as a result of the Israeli attacks on Lebanon. REUTERS/STRINGER/TURKEY

Hezbollah supporters furious over an Israeli airstrike in Qana that killed up to 57 people, storm their way into the main U.N. building in Beirut, Lebanon, on Sunday. AP

Even if the top ten floors of the UN building in New York are burned and destroyed, nothing will change!!! Amjad Rasmi, Arab News, 6/30/06. (This cartoon riffs off aWall Street Journal opinion piece that responded to a power outage at the U.N. in September 2005 but suggesting that the world should simply leave "the U.N. unplugged.""

A "cessation of hostilities" means that Hizbullah has to stop its attacks, but Israel doesn't have to stop its attacks or withdraw from Lebanon.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert responded to the resolution by promising to take it up (late) on Sunday but in the meantime to invade Lebanon with 30,000 more troops and to rush to the Litani river. Juan Cole

1 comment:

Arcturus said...

A line from that Stratfor article you quoted earlier:

The United States now has no good choices; its best bet was blown up by Iran.

Even setting aside its dubious assumptions, it's hard to understand how anyone could write that without any sense of irony.