Walid Phares , washingtontimes.com, May 28, 2010
President Obama hosted Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the White House on Monday to talk about the growing threat that Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed terrorist group, poses to the Middle East. However, if he wanted to address the problem effectively, he should have summoned U.N. officials from New York for a meeting.
U.S. intelligence learned in mid-April that Syria had provided Hezbollah with deadly and accurate Scud missiles. The announcement came on the heels of intelligence last year indicating that Syria had given the Iranian-sponsored terror squad M-600 rockets, which are equipped with a guidance system and the ability to deliver a powerful 200-pound payload.
The reports put the Israelis on tilt. They warned Hezbollah that this would not stand.
Enter UNIFIL – the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon. Its peacekeepers vowed to get to the bottom of the Scud crisis.
Remarkably, UNIFIL’s spokespeople in early May outright denied the existence of shipments of heavy weapons from Syria to Lebanon.