Plans for Peacekeeping Force
Watch for Rice’s gameplan to restore stability to southern Lebanon to be released in the next couple of days. We expect a ceasefire to be in place by Tuesday or Wednesday of next week, Israeli forces to be replaced by a combat group (not an observation outfit!) from Turkey and other nations as the enforcer of peace. Hezbollah will probably welcome this development privately as it has successfully withstood several weeks of military assault and can withdraw having gained some political ground. But let’s rejoice that countless lives will have been spared with this very positive development.