A Twinkie with sprinkles?
An early Seurat?
The IDF has released an aerial map of Lebanon revealing the location of some 1,000 different military sites and facilities. The map was published on Wednesday in the Washington Post.
According to the map, which the newspaper said it obtained from the Israeli military, Hezbollah has around 550 underground bunkers throughout Lebanon, around 300 surveillance sites and another 100 or so additional installations.
The bunkers are likely being used by Hezbollah as command posts as well as storage centers for the large amounts of weaponry Syria and Iran have transferred to Lebanon since the Second Lebanon War in 2006.
According to the map, most of the facilities are located in southern Lebanon where Hezbollah stores most of its short and medium-range rockets inside close to 200 different villages. Hezbollah is believed today to have over 40,000 rockets and missiles, including several hundred longrange missiles that can hit targets in Tel Aviv with superior accuracy.
The decision to leak the map to the Washington Post comes several months after the IDF divulged classified intelligence information on the southern Lebanese village of El-Khiam in the summer. During a briefing then to the Israeli media, the IDF revealed satellite footage of the village, located north of Metulla, detailing the exact location of Hezbollah arms caches and command posts.
Maybe you’re not surprised (God knows, I’m not), but you should be disappointed. You see, the United Nations was supposed to be taking care of this sort of thing. In UN Resolution 1701, there was supposed to be… well, here:
The Resolution demands:
Full cessation of hostilities (OP1)
Israel to withdraw all of its forces from Lebanon in parallel with Lebanese and UNIFIL soldiers deploying throughout the South (OP2)
Hezbollah to be disarmed (OP3)
Full control of Lebanon by the government of Lebanon (OP3)
No paramilitary forces, including (and implying) Hezbollah, will be south of the Litani River (OP8).
The Resolution at the same time also emphasizes:
The need to address urgently the unconditional release of the abducted Israeli soldiers, that have given rise to the current crisis.
Well, OP1 and OP2 were accomplished straight away. OP3 not so much. How about OP8?
Compare the map of the Litani River in Lebanon with the map of Hezbollah’s apparently not-so-disarmed bunkers, monitor sights, and facilities at the top. Look like the government of Lebanon is in control? It is if you concede that Hezbollah (Party of God) is the government of Lebanon.
Question for the House: Why are so many UN resolutions judenrein in effect if not intent? Why did Israel leave Lebanon as required by resolution 1701, but Hezbollah didn’t—didn’t leave, didn’t cede control, didn’t disarm? Why must Jews withdraw from Judea and Samaria when resolution 242 made no such demand? Why can’t Jews live in Gaza if they want to?
And why does the UN just happen to “fail” at keeping the Arabs to their end of the deal? A more cynical mind than mine might suspect the “failure” was more intentional than accidental. Such a mind would have ample evidence, not least the UN’s persistent objections to Israeli fly-overs. Rather than trying to keep the peace, such a mind might think, the UN was trying to keep the Party of God’s secret.
I mean, how cynical can you get?
Oh, and speaking of cynical:
The second map, a close-up of the southern Lebanese village of el Khiam, includes symbols indicating hospitals and homes. The underground sites appear to be situated throughout the populated village.
Just like Hamass in Gaza. Go figure!