Israel’s attacks on Hezbollah strongholds in Lebanon will have been worth the effort only if there is follow-up action that establishes a demilitarized buffer between Israel and Lebanon, and ensures Hezbollah does not re-arm.
The follow-up probably will have to involve French troops. Fortunately, French troops aren’t busy these days, and coincidentally, French President Jacques Chirac has been spending lots of time kissing up to Arab and Persian dictators. So if the sides agree to stop fighting, French troops have a chance to keep peace with relative ease.
The French reportedly are considering seriously a plan to patrol the Israel-Lebanon border for the United Nations. Good for them (and I’ll believe it when I see it). If this bloody battle rekindles in French democrats a sense of global responsibility, perhaps more than one good thing will have come from so much sorrow.