The only way this war is going to come to some stable conclusion any time soon is if The World of Order — and I don’t just mean “the West,’’ but countries like Russia [!], China [!], India [!], Egypt [!], Jordan [!] and Saudi Arabia [!] too — puts together an international force that can escort the Lebanese Army to the Israeli border and remain on hand to protect it against Hezbollah....The operative term here is "The World of Order."
Israel does not like international forces on its borders and worries they will not be effective. But it will be better than a war of attrition, and nothing would set back the forces of disorder in Lebanon more than The World of Order helping to extend the power of the democratically elected Lebanese government to its border with Israel....
It is time that The World of Order got its act together....
The Bush team needs to convene a coalition of The World of Order.
Saturday, July 22, 2006
From Thomas Friedman, the New York Times' venerable fount of wisdom (Friday):
Posted by Sheldon Richman at 7:08 AM