October 21, 2004

UN: Not only worse than you imagine, it's worse than you can imagine...

Here's a strange tale about working with the UN, The jaded, seamy side of peace:

...Six years later, after stints in Haiti, Somalia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda and Liberia, the three came to believe that not only is the U.N. unable to keep pace with its grand ideals in the new world order, it actually allowed two genocides. They cope by immersing themselves in their work, alcohol, faith and "emergency sex."

Thomson, who spent two years pulling bodies out of mass graves in Rwanda and the Bosnian town of Srebrenica — corpses of people who had sought safety with the U.N. — concludes: "If blue-helmeted U.N. peacekeepers show up in your town or village and offer to protect you, run. Or else get weapons. Your lives are worth so much less than theirs."...

On the same subject, remember how the UN in Iraq didn't want protection from US forces? They are changing their mind.
...But without volunteers, the United Nations asked the U.S. command of the Multinational Force to supply protection, whether or not American soldiers were involved, diplomats said.

"We can't just treat them as undesirables," said one U.N. official, speaking on condition of anonymity...

... Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in London on Tuesday he had tried to raise a brigade but "we haven't done very well."

"And it's the same governments who are asking me to send in my civilian staff who are not going to give any troops to protect them," he said...

But Kofi, you can't expect soldiers to go into danger? (Reminds me of those police in Britain who wouldn't go into the house where the woman was being murdered...because it wasn't safe.) Hey, I've got an idea! Maybe these oh-so-multilateral type countries will send troops--if we provide Coalition soldiers to protect their soldiers? How's that for a solution!

Posted by John Weidner at October 21, 2004 8:44 PM
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