United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Friday that increasing tensions between Lebanon and Israel could lead to a new conflict with potentially devastating consequences.
In a report to the UN Security Council, Ban accused the neighboring countries of violating the 2006 cease-fire resolution that ended the Second Lebanon war and added that the Hezbollah continues to maintain "a substantial military capacity" in violation of UN resolutions and an arms embargo.
The UN chief also criticized Israel for continuing to violate the cease-fire by conducting daily over flights of Lebanon and refusing to withdraw from the disputed northern border village of Ghajar.
Memo to UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon: are we supposed to applaud you for your magnificent grasp of the obvious??
Israel is itching for any excuse to reinvade Lebanon, now that natural gas deposits have been found off the coast of both countries, with each claiming the find as its own.
Hezbullah has rearmed because they know another invasion is coming.
But until the UN can actually do something to bring Israel to heel (a distinct impossibility for the UN since Israel's inception), all the talk in the world isn't going to cure its voracious appetite for more territory, and by any means necessary.