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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Lebanon needs big force: France

The Peninsula On-line

"PARIS • France, which could lead a new international peace-keeping force for Lebanon, said that such a force must be big, sufficiently well armed and have precise guidelines when it comes to opening fire.

The force must be bigger than the current United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon and be more than the 10,000 suggested by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, French Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said in an interview published yesterday.

Military officials in France, which has emerged as a possible leader, have said the new Lebanon force should be 15,000-20,000 strong. “There is no question of it being a UNIFIL Mark Two,” Alliot-Marie told the Le Monde daily.

“It must be a very large international force with very precise missions. It must be well-armed, have substantial firepower and armour. It must be credible and capable of making itself respected by everyone,” she added." Continue.


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