The UN has made a proposal to solve the ‘Hizbollah problem’. They want the group’s fighters, and border guards to join the Lebanese Army.
It’s an interesting compromise. The US wants Hizbollah to simply disarm, and for the Lebanese Army to take up the group’s positions in the south and along the unofficial border with Israel. But by changing uniforms, Hizbollah’s fighters would gain international legitimacy.
And they’d protect Hizbollah, which would finally be able to claim that it is ONLY a political force, and no longer a militia. It’s days of kidnapping and hostage taking are consigned to history (Hizbollah has not engaged in terrorism since the war – and even then, the majority of its targets were military).
The suggestion is backed by UN envoy Terje Roed-Larsen who said:
“Hizbollah has established itself over a long period of time
as a political party,”
“They now have a significant bloc of parliamentarians …
and most likely Hizbollah will also have ministers in the new
Lebanese government. Remaining as a militia when they are a
party … in government might look a bit odd,” he said.
“I do hope that an internal dialoge in Lebanon will smoothly
lead to the leadership of Hizbollah themselves drawing the
conclusion that it’s high time this militia is moulded into the
Lebanese army and thereby into the government apparatus.”