Desarmar o Hezbollah

If there is to be an international force — and there should be — its mission should be to disarm Hizballah. Such a force needs to be knowledgeable, strong and no-nonsense. It has to go in with the expectation that Hizballah will lay down its arms so they can be destroyed. If Hizballah won't do that, the international force has got to have the active rules of engagement and military capability to destroy those weapons.

The U.S. should not be part of the international force. But it should be made up of highly trained troops contributed by strong and responsible countries. We've been wise not to go rushing diplomatically to Damascus or Tehran. But Iran's hands are all over this, as are Syria's. As Hizballah's missiles are cleared out of there, that's a rebuke to Iran and Syria, and it's essential to enable Lebanon to be a sovereign state. That means deploying the Lebanese army to all parts of their country.