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Europe is uniquely positioned to take the lead to help end the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah militants. But so far, no European countries have stepped up with a large contribution of troops.
Originally posted by xmotex
Israel is now trying to dictate who will make up the UN peacekeeper force, which is interesting. For one thing they have objected to the idea of a French led force, I suppose because they view the French as insufficiently in their pockets... they have called for the Italians to lead the force. They've also objected to Islamic countries like Malaysia and Bangladesh taking part, even though so far they're the only ones who have been proven willing to supply large numbers of troops.
I'm not particularly surprised that the Europeans have been less than eager to supply troops, given that Israel has not proven shy about targeting UNIFIL troops.