Hizbollah has stepped up the rebuilding of its military infrastructure in southern Lebanon despite the reployment in recent weeks of thousands of Lebanese troops and international peacekeepers to limit the Islamic militant group's activities.How effective is UNIFIL in interfering with this rearmament? Well...
Palestinian militant group Members of Palestinian militant group Ansar Allah with a poster of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah
Standing firm against international pressure to disarm, the Shia group is rearming and rebuilding tunnels and trenches destroyed by the Israeli army during this summer's 34-day war.
But Lt Trochet admitted that the UN forces had very little intelligence about Hizbollah activity. "I imagine that the people here are Hizbollah, but they don't show themselves," he said. "We're trying to make contact with the militants, but it's difficult because they're so disciplined." UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which brought an end to the conflict, calls for Hizbollah to disarm and stop smuggling arms from Syria. The UN argues that its patrols have no mandate to disarm militants, merely to prevent the smuggling of arms, track suspicious trucks and boats, and report their findings to the Lebanese army.
But all this does not prevent UNIFIL from putting on a brave face:
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (Unifil) argues that the presence of 8,800 "blue helmets" and 12,000 Lebanese soldiers between southern Lebanon's Litani river and the Israeli border since the Aug 14 ceasefire has severely restricted Hizbollah activity.Yeah, right. Whatever happened to 'Action speaks louder then words'?