Rices Hopes for Peace
Sec'y Rice has an op-ed in the WaPo where she outlines the "hopes" of Resolution 1701 that orders, per Rice, "a full cessation of hostilities in Lebanon", expand Lebanon's sovereignty with increased UNIFIL soldiers (up to 15,000) and "lasting peace" through "no foreign forces, no weapons and no authority in Lebanon other than that of the sovereign Lebanese government".
I certainly accept the "hope" attendant witht his resolution. My guess it will not be lasting as hoped.
Innocent people in Lebanon, in Israel and across the Middle East have suffered long enough at the hands of extremists. It is time to overcome old patterns of violence and secure a just, lasting and comprehensive peace. This is our goal, and now we have laid out the steps to achieve it. Our policy is ambitious, yes, and difficult to achieve. But it is right. It is realistic. And ultimately, it is the only effective path to a more hopeful future.
Time is running on Iran's capacity to create a nuclear bomb. Such a development will lead to a control over the world's oil supply for the leader of the world's terrorism. This cannot be allowed no matter how many negotiations result in documents of accord. Because each one, like Hitler's signing of various pacts are worthless.
If the letter of Resolution 1701 is not explicitly followed, the warfare must resume.