UN: Israel’s Lebanon strategy “immoral”

posted at 9:54 pm on August 30, 2006 by Bryan

The UN’s humanitarian chief, one Jan Egeland, is apparently both a general and a pope. He not only, as an expert on humanitarian affairs, knows good war strategy from bad, but also moral war strategies from immoral ones:

The United Nations on Wednesday described as “shocking and immoral” the fact that Israel dropped well over 90 per cent of its cluster munitions in Lebanon during the last three days of the conflict – when it was already clear there would be a cessation of hostilities.

Jan Egeland, UN humanitarian chief, made his comments just hours after Kofi Annan, UN secretary-general, left Israel after talks with Ehud Olmert, prime minister, and other government members. The UN said Mr Annan had asked Israel to provide a map of where cluster weapons were used but did not raise Mr Egeland’s concerns because he was unaware of the details during his Jerusalem visit.

I did a word search on the article quoting Egeland. “Iran”–not there. “Syria”–not there. “Terrorist”–not there. “Katyusha”–not there. The article only mentions “Hizbullah” one time. Didn’t they start the war in the first place?

Now, it’s possible that Egeland mentioned all those things, but it seems reasonable that they would have shown up somewhere in the article if he had. Nevertheless, before and after the cease-fire the UN hasn’t had word one to say about Iran’s sponsorship of the terrorists who attacked Israel or the fact that Hezbollah’s entire strategy was predicated on attacking civilians with untargetable, unguided rockets raining down on cities and towns. Or the kidnappings that triggered the war in the first place.

What Egeland, speaking for the UN, does condemn is Israel’s effort to inflict as much damage as possible as the war wound down. Which, if you spend two nanoseconds thinking about it, makes perfect sense from an Israeli point of view. The Israelis had no doubt identified many targets during the course of the fighting that they had not known of before. Once pressure built for the cease-fire and it was clear that even the US was caving, the IDF had to get to as many targets as possible before the blue helmets made them harder to strike, if not impossible. Ultimately, the Israelis knew that the cease-fire would help Hezbollah survive. So it was best to hit it as hard as possible before the clock ran out. Cluster munitions are one way to ensure that you do a lot of damage, at a high rate of speed.

Or has Mr. Egeland never watched a sports game in his entire, useless life? It’s called the hurry-up offense. Roger Staubach and John Elway are names Egeland might want to become familiar with.

It seems that in Egeland’s obviously brilliant mind, Israel’s sensible hurry-up attack as the ceasefire loomed was itself a crime, while true terrorism sponsored by Iran isn’t. And that should tell you all you need to know about the mental and moral wattage operating the UN these days.

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Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose.

Pablo on August 30, 2006 at 9:59 PM

Wait, “meme” means “same shite, different day” ?!??? :)

Le duh, Israel really wanted to put Hezbollah out of the business but was being hamstrung? So they did as much as they could in the time they had left? …

Anwyn on August 30, 2006 at 10:27 PM

Yes indeed..Pablo said it eloquently..I will put it more bluntly..Same S— Different Day
UN–Useless Nothing

labwrs on August 30, 2006 at 10:36 PM

O.K. class, let’s try this once more shall we? The majority of nations in the U.N. are governed by sytems OTHER than, democracy. The majority of nations in the U.N. do not practice human rights nor do they observe individual freedom. The U.N. is the biggest hoax ever pulled on decent people. It offers hope. False hope. It allows our future to be navigated by those who privily seek our destruction. However, this is simply another area where George Bush will let us down again. Most of what you and I know, namely that the U.N sees nothing wrong with placing Iraq on the DISARMAMENT committee and Iran and Syria on the HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION, is unknown to the majority of the American people and Pres Bush has done nothing to educate them. This of course leaves the lying liberal pieces of feculant waste free to lie and keep demanding that we, “Go to the U.N.”. Every lie, every misrepresentation that goes uncountered, find a home in an idiots heart.

Soothsayer on August 30, 2006 at 11:02 PM

In other news, Kofi Annan asked soon to be outgoing Prime Minister Olmert if his people could concentrate less on defense and more on dying. ‘It is inefficient for the Israeli’s to defend themselves so vigorously. We all know how this should end.’ Prime Minister Olmert’s response was not available however we have learned that two of Kofi Annan’s bodyguards were rushed to the hospital from what appeared to be wounds from a blunt object. The Secretary General also had some sage words for Hezbollah Leader Nashrallah. ‘Perhaps Leader Nashrallah should tone down his rhetoric about slaughtering all the Jews. Everyone has dreams but sometimes good things come to those who wait.’ Sheik Nashrallah responded: ‘Infidel lackey: if you dare to correct me again, I will saw your head off and use it for a toilet. Save your lies for your spineless syncophants in the west and send me more aid money now.’ This is austinnelly, your spirit guide in the world of cynicism reporting.

austinnelly on August 31, 2006 at 12:32 AM

I don’t mind the UN spouting useless shit. But do I have to pay for it?

Iblis on August 31, 2006 at 1:38 AM

I was on a two-day business trip, during which I snuck into HOTAiR only furtively. It’s hard not to be retired, so as to blog all day long!

On topic, though, I woke up in the hotel this morning with Kofi Annan and Mr. Olmert on CNN (bantering with the media). Aside from Kofi Annan infuriating me on his assumed role of G-d advising Israel on what to do and not to do, I was struck at how insufferable his English is:

“…they don’t need to be waitin’ for the international force in order to retreat…”
“…it’s more complicatin’ than….bla, bla, bla”

Then CNN’s Daryn Kagan attempted to get one of their reporters to comment on topic and when he turned out to take Israel’s side, she cut him off immediately, with the effect that her thanking him for (not)reporting taking longer than the time she allowed him to speak. Disgusting!

Entelechy on August 31, 2006 at 1:51 AM

Israel may have the right to defend itself, but not with its army, navy, and airforce. Nope. That would be bad strategy and worse morality. Donchya know?

How did Egeland land this job?

F. Rottles on August 31, 2006 at 2:17 AM

Good Jesus, God almighty! Once again, no mention of this story. Do none of you understand what cluster weapons are, and the conditions put upon their sale? Or the fact that the Reagan admin actually suspended their sale to Israel for 6 years due to their abuse?

Roger Staubach and John Elway are names Egeland might want to become familiar with.

posted at 9:54 pm on August 30, 2006 by Bryan

Perhaps Jesus is one you should become familiar with. It could save your eternal soul.

THeDRiFTeR on August 31, 2006 at 2:37 AM

The UN talking about morality? That’s rich /sarc/

Abigail Adams on August 31, 2006 at 8:58 AM

Um, Drifter, just a friendly reminder – the TERRORISTS hide behind the skirts of their women and in the cradles of their babies. They don’t fight a traditional war. If they had to use cluster bombs on Hezbollah, it’s because the terrorists left the Israelis no choice. Please, try to see the enemy for who they are.

It makes me tremendously upset to hear about civilian casualties. But I’d just like to remind you again WHO STARTED THIS. Certainly not the U.S. or Israel.

pullingmyhairout on August 31, 2006 at 9:36 AM

The responsibility for starting that war belongs to the Iranians, the Syrians and Hezbollah (and by hosting them, the Lebanese). And the UN–for allowing Hezbollah to dig bunkers within sight of UNIFIL posts without lifting a finger to stop it. The UN, in criticizing Israel, is covering up its own complicity in Hezbollah’s war crimes and its own efforts to keep Hezbollah alive to fight Israel another day. Why else are Egeland and Annan spending time denouncing Israel for defending itself without uttering a peep at the war’s true architects?

Drifter, you’re a typical Euro fool, adrift in a soup of pious anti-Americanism, moral equivalence, Arabism and thinly veild anti-Semitism.

Bryan on August 31, 2006 at 10:23 AM

Yes we know exactly what cluster bombs are and heartily endorse their use on terrorist scum, early and often.
Personally I’d like to see carpet and firebombing as well.

Iblis on August 31, 2006 at 11:17 AM


Drifter is an American citizen who lives in France.

Entelechy on August 31, 2006 at 12:20 PM

There it is. Anti semite. Whenever someone disagrees with the Israeli government, it’s that they must be an anti semite. I was wondering when I’d be accused of that. Adrift, no doubt, but hardly in a soup of anti-Americanism. We, (america) usually end up doing the right thing. I’m waiting, and I have plenty of time.

THeDRiFTeR on August 31, 2006 at 12:23 PM

Drifter, sincerely, what do you think is the “right” thing. It would be nice to see you explain that.

Entelechy on August 31, 2006 at 6:30 PM