Monday, December 20, 2004

Kenneth L. Cain, a former UN Peacekeeper and present liberal Democrat, writes about the moral bankruptcy of Kofi Annan and the UN:
But it isn't just the stench of death I remember so vividly; the odor of betrayal also hung heavily in the Rwandan air. This was not a genocide in which the U.N. failed to intervene; most of the U.N.'s armed troops evacuated after the first two weeks of massacres, abandoning vulnerable civilians to their fate, which included, literally, the worst things in the world a human being can do to another human being.

It did not have to happen. Gen. Romeo Dallaire, the U.N.'s force commander in Rwanda, sent Mr. Annan a series of desperate faxes including one warning that Hutu militias "could kill up to 1,000" Tutsis "in 20 minutes" and others pleading for authority to protect vulnerable civilians. But at the crucial moment, Mr. Annan ordered his general to stand down and to vigorously protect, not genocide victims, assembled in their numbers waiting to die, but the U.N.'s image of "impartiality."

The outline of this story is well known, but its most important detail is not: Tutsis often gathered in compounds (large church complexes, schools and even stadiums) where they had assumed they would be safe based on implicit, and sometimes explicit, promises of protection by Blue Helmeted peacekeepers. The U.N.'s withdrawal was, therefore, not a passive failure to protect but an active, and lethal, perfidy.
Kinda makes your blood boil doesn't it? This is the reason I get so mad when people talk about how the US is so reckless in going to war without the aproval of the UN. Or how anyone can say that we have comitted "crimes against humanity". Want more? How about rape, prostitution, and pedophilia:
So far, the United Nations has sent home at least two Tunisian peacekeepers and a French civilian and suspended a senior U.N. official (with pay, no less). For a case that involves 150 allegations of rape, prostitution and pedophilia, with 68 documented, that's not much progress. In one instance, investigators found that Moroccan peacekeepers had "spread the word" that a U.N. child-protection advocate looking into the allegations "had better be careful when she went out at night." Other investigators have received anonymous death threats.
The lack of outrage at this is well....outrageous.