“This NGO is not protecting the environment, but is conducting reconnaissance activity along our border,” he declared. “ It is time for UNIFIL to fulfill its mandate and ensure that UN Security Council resolutions are implanted.”
UNIFIL was originally created by the UN Security Council in March 1978 to “confirm Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, restore international peace and security, and assist the Lebanese Government in restoring its effective authority in the area,” according to the UN website.
Resolution 1701, that which set the cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006, calls for the Lebanese Prime Minister and the commitment of the Government of Lebanon … to extend its authority over its territory, through its own legitimate armed forces, such that there will be no weapons without the consent of the Government of Lebanon and no authority other than that of the Government of Lebanon …”
…for it to exercise its full sovereignty, so that there will be no weapons without the consent of the Government of Lebanon and no authority other than that of the Government of Lebanon….
The only problem with all this is that with the backing and aid of Iran, the once-small militia, Hezbollah, has today grown to become a significant faction in the Lebanese parliament, and in fact also wields power over a number of ministers in the government cabinet itself. Thus it defangs Resolution 1701.
While the actions of Kim Jong-un’s regime infuriate the Trump administration, Chang says increased North Korean aggression is simply a result of the U.S. doing virtually nothing in response to provocations for decades.
“We have not imposed costs on North Korea for their brutalized treatment of Americans: the seizure of the (USS) Pueblo in 1968, the shoot down of the Air Force EC-121 with the loss of 31 lives. Again, no penalty was imposed. We never do so, so of course the North Koreans think they can kill us,” said Chang.
“Yes, the North Koreans are villains, but this has become an issue not of North Korea. It’s become an issue of the American response to North Korea, he views of the American policy establishment, the views of American administrations – Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives,” said Chang.
“The North Koreans will continue to act in this way until the United States imposes some costs. So this has become a question of us, not them,” he added.