Worried Lebanese

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What ever happened to the international protective shield?

Posted by worriedlebanese on 25/01/2007

un.jpgOn September 2, 2005 the United Nation Security Council  resolution 1559 called “upon all remaining foreign forces to withdraw from Lebanon” and “for the disbanding and disarmament of all Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias”. This UN resolution was presented as a tool aimed at helping Lebanon regain its sovereignty. Its criticts, mostly Lebanese opposed to or fearing the Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon, pointed at the undelying contradiction in the resolutions that while claiming to support Lebanese sovereignty, was actually enforcing a policy on the Lebanese government.

c.f. The Lebanese army’s answer to Resolutions 1559: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Security_Council_Resolution_1559

The resolution’s supporters on the other hand rightly showed that this contradiction was a formal one, and that even though the resolution was meddling in Lebanese affairs, it did in practice enforce Lebanese sovereignty through the pressure it exerted at bringing the Syrian troops to withdraw from Lebanon. In this respect, they devised a theory (or a doctrine), that of the international protective shield to ensure the recovery of Lebanese sovereignty.

I ask myself today what happened to this theory. Instead of an international protective shield to ensure Lebanese sovereignty, the resolution 1559 alongside a couple of other UN resolution seem to have legitimised foreigh meddling in Lebanese affairs.

There’s an official representative of the UN Secretary General in Lebanon that is very active on the Lebanese political scene (he visits regularly the leaders of most of the political parties). Foreign embassies and governments comment regularly on the legitimity of the Lebanese president or government… And every time there is a crisis, instead of heading to one capital as they were accustomed to doing for years (ie Damascus, where several politicians even chose to have a secondary home),  the Lebanese political class now regularly flies to 5 or 6 capitals: Riyad, Teheran, Washington, Paris, Brussels… 

How can this trend be reversed? 


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