Tuesday, April 29, 2008

UN Peacekeepers Acting More Like Criminals

BBC NEWS | Africa | UN frustration at DRC allegations The frustration is that the Useless Nitwits at the United Nations don't like to talk about the bad things that the peacekeepers do while not keeping the peace.
But on the allegations of gold smuggling by the Pakistani peacekeepers, the OIOS report did establish that some Pakistani troops provided meals, transport and security to businessmen engaged in the illegal trading of unwrought gold.
Great use for UN peacekeepers.

At least the UN now investigates. (Though the current investigation started in 2006, it hasn't done much.) It wasn't that long ago that sexual misconduct was considered part of the cost of doing business - at least by the UN.
The UN has come a long way from the days when one official observed that "boys will be boys," when commenting on a sexual abuse scandal involving UN peacekeepers.
Admitting that crime is crime, doesn't really seem like they've come all that far, to me anyway.

And what happens to misbehaving peacekeepers? They get sent sent to their rooms back to their home countries. Yeah, that's punishment. And the UN has no incentive to see they are prosecuted, and some incentive not to. They are dependent on those countries for peacekeeping troops, after all.

This isn't even the worst allegation to be leveled against United Nations peackeepers in recent yeas. It is only the most recent set. See the UN labeled posts (link below) for a litany of the crimes committed by UN officials and peacekeepers. I for one would be happy if the US dropped out of the UN.

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