A Little Fresh AirSomewhere recently in the various arguments about the sad and sorry state of Lebanon tonight, I saw a casual reference to Israel as 'intransigent'(casual in that it was just tossed off with no backing information). I found this somewhat comical, in view of Israel's perpetual negotiations of the last several years, and their departures in recent time from South Lebanon (with the promise from the UN that Hezbollah would be disarmed), and Gaza. Moreover, it was clear the new government planned to back out of West Bank settlements. Meanwhile Hamas and Hezbollah continue to have as documented goals the eradication of Israel as a state. Maybe I do not understand what intrasigence is.
I woke up this morning to Kofi Annan upset, rightly, about the loss of UN observers in Lebanon, and seemingly ready to assign some blame (none of which did anything for his already deeply compromised credibility). Imagine my amazement to find that the CBC was conducting this interview (link coming) in the morning! Lewis McKenzie is a veteran of Canadian peacekeeping operations, and is certainly not afraid to speak his mind. It is entertaining to hear the CBC's Karen Horsman try to drag him back into the positions she wants to hear, but he is 'intransigent' (sticks with what he knows).
You can listen to it here.