France, the former colonial power in Lebanon, had widely been expected to lead the beefed-up UN force, but said yesterday that it would contribute only 400 soldiers. Germany, uneasy given its Nazi past at any possible confrontation with Israeli forces - has decided not to send a maritime force but no ground troops.
The Italian Government formally agreed this morning to send peackeeping troops to Lebanon. "It’s an important choice for the country, which is aware of its implications and consequences," said Romano Prodi, the Prime Minister, after a Cabinet meeting endorsed the move.
Why did the Bush administration sign on to this? Hail this? Have anything to do with this?