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Tuesday, August 31 2010

UNIFIL: Still 'Interim' After 32 Years

The UN Security Council extended UNIFIL's mandate for another year.

How does a 32-year-old peacekeeping force continue to be called interim?



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'Interim' does not mean that it lasts for a long or short amount of time - it means 'temporary.' 'Interim' means that UNIFIL is not intended to be a permanent force. In my opinion, the word 'interim' expresses hope that the current state of animosity between Lebanon (or certain Lebanese elements) and Israel not last forever.

Is that not obvious?

Leigh, a lawyer from London.

Leigh, your naivety is refreshing.

The UN's job in the Middle East, is to keep its job.

Hence the UNWRA whose refugee clientele have been growing exponentially thanks to a weak definition of what constitutes a Palestinian refugee (summary: Anyone who wants to call themself one).

Every other refugee group since WWII has been absorbed. The Palestinian "refugees" are growing in numbers. A child born in Sydney, Australia to parents who emigrated from "Palestine" 60 years ago, is actually considered a "refugee" and used as an anti-Israel statistic. It's pathetic, as is the UN.

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