United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan took office on January 1, 1997. At that time, the United Nations had troops in southern Lebanon, acting as an international security force. They have been there since 1978. The organization is called the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). Reading from its own Web site, UNIFIL was established to:
- Confirm the withdrawal of Israeli forces from southern Lebanon;
- Restore international peace and security;
- Assist the Government of Lebanon in ensuring the return of its effective authority in the area.
The problem is that UNIFIL never did any of that. When Israel withdrew from southern Lebanon six years ago, UNIFIL would never actually confirm it because Hizb'Allah said that the IDF was still on Lebanese land, which it wasn't. UNIFIL never sought to restore international peace and security in the area. And it never helped the Lebanese government restore its authority in the area.
In fact, over the years, UNIFIL has gone out of its way to help Hizb'Allah. Several years ago, when Hizb'Allah kidnapped several IDF soldiers, the IDF asked UNIFIL to intervene. Instead, UNIFIL did all it could to hamper Israel's investigation, including hiding the identity of the terrorist kidnappers.
Now, Israel is locked into a battle which — many of us are hoping — will remove the Hizb'Allah terrorist organization from the face of the earth. In fighting this war, Israel must go after Hizb'Allah strongholds. The terrorists hide like cowards in the midst of civilian populations, hoping that will protect them. (I was going to use the term "innocent" civilians but it has been proven that many of the "civilians" are actually Hizb'Allah sympathizers and many are willing to take up arms to help them fight against Israel.)
As happens in war, civilians get killed. Recently, Israel inadvertently bombed a UNIFIL outpost in southern Lebanon, resulting in the death of four UN soldiers. Not long afterward, Kofi Annan declared that the attack was an "apparently deliberate targeting" of the UNIFIL post. He said that "any further attack on UN positions and personnel must stop." He went on to say that this "coordinated artillery and aerial attack" occurred "despite personal assurances given to me by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that UN positions would be spared Israeli fire" (Arutz Sheva).
Does he really think that Israel deliberately targeted the UNIFIL base? How much does this man really hate Israel? In his tenure as Secretary-General, Kofi Annan has repeatedly came out against Israel when it was trying to defend itself against terrorists who are sworn to wipe Israel off the face of the map.
Who's responsible for the deaths of the four UNIFIL soldiers? Kofi Annan is responsible. He never demanded that UNIFIL carry out their mandate; he was too busy blaming Israel. He never instructed the UN troops to go after Hizb'Allah terrorists; rather, he worked along with the terrorists. According to the declaration by U.S. President George W. Bush in his "war on terror", the United States should be going after Kofi Annan.