Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The UN Peacekeeping Oxymoron

By Stanford Matthews
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All the pretense associated with the United Nations is not lost on the plethora of naming conventions for committees, groups and delegations, etc., or the quagmire of documentation chronicling the abundance of meetings, conferences, proposals, recommendations, reports and other tasks to cloud a history of inaction.

This may sound familiar or even redundant but needs to be emphasized to counter the UN's practice of covering their mistakes, corruption and misdeeds an infinite PR campaign. This situation might get more exposure if the member nations were dissatisfied or outraged by the subtle, arrogant and criminal negligence involved. But then they would need to admit their obstruction of justice or complicity in the scheme.

The chosen topic for this post is a comparison between media reports of UN personnel involved in criminal behavior that has been largely overlooked or ignored and even subject to cover up by this international organization and the predictable empty response from the General Assembly this week.

Another committee from the UN has approved proposals and recommendations for standards of conduct of the peacekeeping forces at the UN. It is a draft resolution to eliminate future sexual abuse and exploitation by members of the peacekeeping forces. This will be included in a memorandum of understanding between the UN and member nations who supply the forces. Aside from this bringing to mind the fox guarding the chicken coop, what possible effect can a memo have to member nations supplying troops if the troops have already proven their disregard for maintaining their conduct to common sense and normal moral codes of behavior?

Here are some example reports of the types of crimes and length of time without any known corrective action or criminal proceedings. Feel free to comment or complain about the research of this post if you have information about such remedies. Here are the example reports:

ABC News: 2/10/05: U.N. Sex Crimes in Congo
The range of sexual abuse includes reported rapes of young Congolese girls by U.N. troops; an Internet pedophile ring run from Congo by Didier Bourguet, ...

UN 'ignored' abuse at Kosovo mental homes | Special reports ...

UN 'ignored' abuse at Kosovo mental homes. Oliver Burkeman in New York Thursday August 8, 2002 The Guardian. Patients at United Nations mental institutions ...,2763,770954,00.html

U.N. Finally Forced to Probe Its Pedophilia Scandal

In the meantime, U.N. agencies and many of the NGOs were busy at work putting in place new checks and balances in the field to prevent sexual abuse of ...

As you can see, these reports are from 2002 and 2005. It is the middle of 2007 and the UN has finally approved a draft resolution for a memo to the troops to behave themselves. That must be welcome comfort to the victims of the abuse. Does this indicate Un peacekeeping forces are made up of mindless thugs with no conscience? Do they just round up a group of criminals to have their way with largely defenseless victims? These are essentially rhetorical questions based on the information provided.

Here is an excerpt from the press release of the UN this week. To read it will require that you restrain the natural tendency to choke the life out of someone who rightly deserves it. That this organization can continue to operate with such total disregard for every principle they were intended to maintain is beyond understanding. Here's the excerpt:

By further provisions of the revised memorandum of understanding, United Nations peacekeeping personnel, accorded certain privileges and immunities arranged through agreements negotiated between the United Nations and host country solely for the purpose of discharging peacekeeping duties, agree, among other things, to: conduct themselves in a professional and disciplined manner at all times; respect local laws, customs and practices; treat host country inhabitants with respect, courtesy and consideration; and act with impartiality, integrity and tact and report all acts involving sexual exploitation and abuse. They also agree to encourage proper conduct among fellow peacekeeping personnel and to properly account for all money and property assigned to them as mission members.

Later in the document there is mention of establishing another group that may consider providing assistance to the victims of their own troops from member nations. But there is no mention of criminal proceedings against the perpetrators.

If you feel the need or have the time, mention this story and/or others like it to your elected representatives the next chance you get. This is one time when I would not expect much response. But it will give you a profound indication of the gravity of the situation. Media accounts, investigative reports, public comments and other measures have rolled off the backs of officials that could do something. But this is how it is done at the United Nations. This entity needs to be eliminated. It serves no purpose for which it was intended. More later after some time to recover from the disgust this generates. Thanks for reading.


Blogger todd anthony said...

This is classic UN bureaucracy! Collectively, UN officials sit with various appendages in certain unnamed bodily orifices. After years of atrocities committed in Darfur, where is the action? Where is sound, mighty peacekeeping force designed to root out the janjaweed and hold the Sudanese government accountable? Could it be because of economic and political ties between Russia/France/China and Sudan?

How sad!

But spare not the Israelis...condemnations come against them almost daily.

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Blogger 1389 said...

(1) People in a region are accused of sex assault and other brutality, with or without evidence - very often without.

2) This "justifies" a UN "peacekeeping" deployment.

(3) Actual sex assault and brutality takes place under cover of the UN.

(4) PROFIT! (for the UN bureaucrats and their minions only!)

Submitted to Digg as Rapists and sex abusers working under the auspices of the UN

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