Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The REAL meaning of UNSC 1701

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701 is the document that ended, at least temporarily, the Israel-Hezbollah War of 2006. Blacksmith Jade and I engaged in an extended discussion to dissect its provisions and their interpretations (excerpt):
I don't remember having any conversation with you about the overflights, but your arguments wrt to them is totally wrong. Far from being a red herring, the flights serve as an excuse for Hizballah to launch attacks against Israel -

Look at Paragraph 15. That portion doesn't fall under Chapter 6. As long as Hezbollah is trying to smuggle weapons Israel has not just the right, but the obligation, under UNSC 1701, to try to prevent it. Doing so using aircraft is explicitly permitted and reconnaissance overflights are an essential element of doing so...

At first it was fun for her, but readers can witness her slowly growing horror as she discovers just how much sovereignty Lebanon appears to have yielded to Israel, the United Nations, and the international community. Of interest to grammarians and international lawyers, as well as anyone who pays attention to the middle east, is the suggestion - supported by this recent interview with a Lebanese political operator by Michael Totten - that Lebanese in general do not possess a sufficient grasp of English to understand how their words are interpreted by the West.

Also revealed: how the choice of a preposition expresses the subtle difference dividing Lebanese and Western legal thinking. If Lebanese can't change this, their chances of escaping the fascist noose will be much smaller.

Of course, "the great Solomon2" may be quite wrong in his evaluations. I encourage my readers to check "my" legal and psychological interpretations thoroughly.

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