UN Soldier Quneitra border.
(photo credit: Reuters)
Imagine, for a moment, a world in which Israel heeded the international
community’s advice and allowed an international peacekeeping force to maintain a
security presence in lieu of the IDF, say, in the Jordan Valley. Judging by the
last week’s events alone, it would be fairly short-sighted and perhaps even
suicidal for Israel to take such a step. This paper reported the flight of
unarmed Austrian United Nations peacekeeping troops from Syria and UN Secretary
General Ban Ki moon’s subsequent frantic search for their
replacements.What good is a peacekeeping force if it runs at the
slightest hint of danger? The answer, of course, is that it is not useful at
all, and a look back at years past demonstrates how inept and unreliable the UN
has been at peacekeeping.