UN PREPARED

Abu Ghraib might have been a whole lot worse if the United Nations had run the place:

U.N. officials fear the sex-abuse scandal among peacekeepers in Africa is far more widespread and appears to be a problem in each of the global body’s 16 missions around the world.

Rocked by widespread abuse of women and girls, including gang rape, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations also has found sexual exploitation cases in at least four other missions—in Burundi, Liberia, Ivory Coast—as well as more recently in Haiti, they added.

“We think this will look worse before it begins to look better,” Jane Holl Lute, assistant secretary general for peacekeeping operations, told reporters. “We expect that more information will come from every mission on allegations. We are prepared for that.”

What a wonderful organisation.

Posted by Tim B. on 02/27/2005 at 07:41 AM
    1. I’m just waiting for them to make Michael Jackson their next goodwill ambassador.

      Posted by Mike Jericho on 2005 02 27 at 09:33 AM • permalink

 

    1. Michael Jackson!  How about Mike Tyson?

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2005 02 27 at 10:28 AM • permalink

 

    1. At least the Americans practice safe (or virtual) sex.

      Posted by Mystery Meat on 2005 02 27 at 11:29 AM • permalink

 

    1. Rocked by widespread abuse of women and girls, including gang rape, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations also has found sexual exploitation cases in at least four other missions—in Burundi, Liberia, Ivory Coast—as well as more recently in Haiti, they added.

      These guys really, really put ‘the’ United in ‘Nations’, don’t they?

      Unfortunately, they are making the Huns look like, celibate monks.

      Posted by El Cid on 2005 02 27 at 02:13 PM • permalink

 

    1. Paul Theroux is a liberal writer who has intimate knowledge of Africa. His latest book on Africa is “Dark Star Safari”.

      In that book, he said that the only African small towns that have prostitution are the towns that have UN and NGO workers.

      He feels that the UN and NGO activities in Africa during the past 30 years have destroyed the African people.

      Posted by Jake on 2005 02 27 at 03:12 PM • permalink

 

    1. After reading one of Paul’s stories (African Girls) I was left with the impression that if they don’t have prostitution it’s because they give it away for free so readily. If that’s a distortion, then it is his.
      African leadership has a lot to answer for, from Tabo M’beki failing to say what causes AIDS, all the way through to the blatantly monstrous behaviour of Mugabe and others over many years.
      The UN are just the mould growing on the decaying substance.
      Take your pick between colonial masters imposing order – that pattern was destroyed by politically correct liberal thinking – or tribal brutality with a marxist overlay.
      The legacy of the ideological battles to “free” the native populations, before they were able to cope, is civil war or chaos of the Sierra Leone, Congo or Rwandan varieties.
      The colonial vacuum has been filled in many instances by thugs who rule by violence. There is also a spreading of islamic influence – the new colonialism, imposing order of a different kind, and with different implications.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2005 02 27 at 04:12 PM • permalink

 

    1. Yet the good ship SMH had a banner headline asking why British troops were not punished for their sexual indiscretions, whilst being strangely silent on the UN’s case for some reason.

      Posted by Nic on 2005 02 27 at 07:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. They’ll call them the “RPK” crimes. (Rape, Peacekeep, Kill!)

      Posted by Aaron – Freewill on 2005 02 27 at 07:59 PM • permalink

 

    1. Do these officials ever listen to what they say? Jane Whole Lotta Luvin, UN Assistant Secretary General for Rape and Pillage Operations, says this is going to look worse before it looks better. Excuse me? “looks”? Baby,it IS bad and it’s going to be worse. It’s not going to get better, not at least until Kofe starts apologising.

      Where do they find these people?

      Posted by mr magoo on 2005 02 27 at 11:24 PM • permalink

 

    1. Speaking of the UN, M’beki, Africa, and aids, why is Dean Esmay of Dean’s World shilling for Harvey Bialy, aka “Eccles The Idiot”, in claiming that the hiv does not cause aids?

      If you want to see a conspiracy theory at work, take a look at Dean’s 2+ month effort to prove hiv does not cause aids, complete with big corporations, government complicity, scientific and medical community complicity, and the general tactics of conspiracy theorists, who are always 100% correct – strangely enough.

      I had the honor of being the 1st banned [totally from the site] when I suggested that Bialy’s great proof against hiv-aids was going to fail, as it did in a nearly unbelieveable way, and in totality. Bialy had already failed in his previous 6 “fatal” questions in regard to the hiv-aids hypothesis. Many hammered the conspiracy theorists quite well, until either getting banned or losing interest. It was a riot.

      Then Bialy went completely nuts, becoming Eccles The Idiot by his own admission.  He’s an academic, a “poet”, and otherwise an artist. Reminds me of Churchill.

      The UN still adheres to the hiv-aids mechanism, but it also generated the global warming fraud, showing its attraction to anything involving huge money. No doubt corruption infests everything at the UN, so who knows what is going on regarding its aids efforts? I think we have a lot of clues.

      Posted by J. Peden on 2005 02 28 at 01:08 AM • permalink

 

    1. When I worked in Foreign Affairs in the ‘80’s one of the lesser jobs in my team was collecting and passing on to the UN applications from Australians for UN jobs that were advertised, and may well still be advertised, in Commonwealth Gazette. The jobs were largely administrative/policy/hr at middle management level.

      I was always – well – mesmerized, I guess, by the poor quality of these applicants, ex teachers, para-academics, grubby boffins, well meaning losers of all sorts. We didn’t keep track of who actually got appointed – soem other area monitored it, so for all I know these people ever actually got up, but if they were typical of the sorts of people who apply for and get UN jobs, then none of the stuff that is emerging now is very surprising!!

      Posted by Consuela Potez on 2005 02 28 at 02:45 AM • permalink

 

    1. The Reuters article by Saul Hudson “UN Fears Peacekeepers Commit Sex Abuse Worldwide” seems no longer to be at the linked site, but here’s the article where maybe it will stay for a while:
      http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=532203

      Posted by ForNow on 2005 02 28 at 03:31 AM • permalink

 

    1. OT:

      If you want to see a conspiracy theory at work, take a look at Dean’s 2+ month effort to prove hiv does not cause aids, complete with big corporations, government complicity, scientific and medical community complicity, and the general tactics of conspiracy theorists, who are always 100% correct – strangely enough.

      I wish you hadn’t pointed me to that mess…oh boy. Dean may be sincere, but he has a seriously dysfunctional bullshit detector. I guess that’s what happens when you’re downright fundamentalist about “keeping an open mind”. Blah.

      Posted by PW on 2005 02 28 at 05:20 AM • permalink

 

  1. Warren Zevon comes to mind here, “Roland the U.N. Thompson Gunner”

    “…they killed to earn their living, and to help out the Congolese.”

    Posted by MCaldridge on 2005 02 28 at 10:08 AM • permalink