[I sent an edited version of this email to the United Nations’ contact page.]
I’d like to thank UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for his recent remarks about Hezbollah, the Lebanese terror organization responsible for the murder, kidnapping, hijacking, and bombing of hundreds of people and infrastructure from the United States, Israel, Lebanon, Argentina, and elsewhere. Hezbollah is perhaps best known for beginning a month-long war with Israel resulting in the deaths and injuries of hundreds of civilians on both sides.
Because Hezbollah is publicly seen as an enemy of Israel, many forget the extent to which Hezbollah is a danger to Lebanon. Ban’s emphasis on Hezbollah’s danger to the Lebanese civilian population was very welcome. It correctly puts the blame for much of Lebanese suffering on the people most responsible. Ban also repeated what the United Nations had already resolved in 2004 and 2006: the complete disarmament of Hezbollah and its transformation into a normal, non-military political party in Lebanon.
My only criticism is that I would have liked to have seen an additional mention of Hezbollah’s crimes against non-Lebanese civilians (most notably Israelis).