The Politics of Peacekeeping

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France is not the only nation in Europe with cold feet about sending troops to southern Lebanon.  Italy, Spain and Finland want to know if the rules of engagement will require their soldiers to make the peace or just keep it.  Will they have to disarm Hezbollah?  Meantime, Israeli commandos engaged Hezbollah 60 miles inside the Lebanese border. Israel says they were trying to stop arms smuggling prohibited by the UN resolution, but Secretary General Kofi Annan says they violated the cease-fire. There are rumors that they were trying to rescue two kidnapped soldiers.  We get perspectives from Paris, Beirut and Jerusalem, and hear about a new UN resolution proposed by the US.




Warren Olney