WOMAN ‘STABILIZED’

It looks as though the UN has crossed that fine line again, this time in Haiti:

The United Nations is investigating allegations that three Pakistani policemen raped a woman in Haiti while deployed on a U.N. stabilization mission, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

The probe comes shortly after the United Nations reported widespread abuse of women by U.N. peacekeeping soldiers in Congo, which led the international body this month to ban its peacekeepers from having sex with Congolese.

The U.N. mission in Haiti, known as MINUSTAH, began “a very urgent inquiry” last week, spokesman Damian Onses-Cardona said.

The UN really ought to appoint someone to keep tabs on all these rape investigations; Ruud Lubbers is available following his babes-for-Ruud resignation. Speaking of very urgent inquiries, here’s the latest on oil-for-food:

Benon Sevan, who used to oversee Iraq’s Oil-for-Food program, failed to meet a 5 p.m. EST deadline to respond to allegations that he improperly steered oil contracts to certain companies, the United Nations said Wednesday.

Posted by Tim B. on 02/24/2005 at 12:53 AM
    1. I dont understand. The british ‘Sky News’ is full of the results of the court martial of its troops taking photos that are in poor taste. The buletins refer to the sullying of the reputation of the British army, Abu Ghraib, etc, etc.

      Yet, rapes by peacekeepers on two continents, child prostitution and an official from the UN all occurring, yet no real outrage.

      Maybe the UN has no real reputation to sully?

      Posted by Nic on 02/24 at 01:15 AM • permalink

 

    1. Will the Security Council sanction Sevan with “serious consequences”? Maybe a dilemma for Cirac? Or will instantaneous summary execution be of the order?

      Posted by J. Peden on 02/24 at 01:32 AM • permalink

 

    1. Where is the outrage?

      Women of the world, take the lesson learned from Lorena Bobbit(USA), instead of reading Dick ‘N’ Jane…the u.n. would be reading Dick ‘N’ Hand.

      Posted by El Cid on 02/24 at 01:33 AM • permalink

 

    1. Everyone knows rape is not torture but you, Nic. But great point anyway.

      Posted by J. Peden on 02/24 at 01:35 AM • permalink

 

    1. I’m holding my breath waiting to see this as the banner story in the SMH. It’ll make a change from More troops for Iraq: Howard divides the nation

      Posted by mr magoo on 02/24 at 01:47 AM • permalink

 

    1. The UN didn’t deploy a group of Rugby League players did it?

      I’m sure if the UN has commenced a very urgent inquiry we will have the results in a year or so.

      Posted by Hump B Bare on 02/24 at 01:49 AM • permalink

 

    1. a year or so?  make that… erm… a wee bit longer perhaps

      kk

      Posted by KK on 02/24 at 03:19 AM • permalink

 

    1. So far nothing on “our” ABC news and they are already up to the sport. Ah well, they may be keeping it for the “human interest” slot after the weather. I did however hear the good news that Janet Albrechtson has been appointed to the ABC board. I can only imagine the reaction at Harris Street. Kerry O’Brien will look like he sucked an extra large lemon tonight.

      Posted by Adam B on 02/24 at 04:28 AM • permalink

 

    1. Off topic (sorry Andrea) but just been listening to ABC Radio wailing and gnashing its teeth over the appointment of Janet Albrechtson to the ABC Board.
      The ABC presenter seemed shattered over the news and took refuge in an interview with the winner of the, many times, creep of the year award David Marr. Marr is ‘stunned’ and ‘dismayed’ over Albrechtson’s appointment and reacted with predictable venom. One can only hope that Marr’s coma and dismay is terminal.
      Oh Frabjous Day! Calloo! Callay!
      Karl Rove may be hailed as the master manipulator but I think that John Howard was reading Machiavelli when Karl was still in knee-pants.

      Posted by Boss Hog on 02/24 at 04:40 AM • permalink

 

    1. Tumbi Creek is much more important than any story besmirching the UN – as far as the ABC is concerned.
      Unless there is something slightly larger and heavier that they can use to bludgeon the government with.
      Anything will do.

      Posted by blogstrop on 02/24 at 04:45 AM • permalink

 

    1. Boss Hog,

      there is much wailing and gnashing of teeth in Margolia. You’d think a female journalist and feminist would have a bit more respect for Albrechtson after what Latham did to her.

      Posted by Nic on 02/24 at 05:29 AM • permalink

 

    1. That’s hilarious.

      Some gossip told me that Janet was up for the job of Media Watch presenter some time ago.

      Drink may have been involved.

      Now we might finally get a decent presenter for Late Night Live.

      Posted by Darlene Taylor on 02/24 at 05:41 AM • permalink

 

    1. More seriously, there is something deeply wrong with the UN and its attitudes to women, particularly women living in the Third World.

      Posted by Darlene Taylor on 02/24 at 05:43 AM • permalink

 

    1. Well, the ABC is sniffing out the armchair generals who are against sending more troops to Iraq. Let’s see now, how long can we string this (non-)story out…..h’mm, maybe we better throw to Charles and Camilla for some light relief, before the peons switch over to The Simpsons. Wait a minute, isn’t there a tame church leader or two we can endlessly re-interview about how the war is dividing the nation; plenty of unctuous moralising guaranteed. And then Kevin Rudd is standing by: lots of spleen there. for sure. And after the news, Kerry O’Brien interviews any old drone who is against the war. Andr for afters, more anti war in the late news.

      What a pity we can’t get a reference to Howard and Iraq into The Bill.

      Posted by Arnie on 02/24 at 05:54 AM • permalink

 

    1. Looks like the UN is just one rebranding away from becoming a successful organization again. That peacekeeping thing doesn’t seem to be working out so well, so maybe they should just make it official and become an organized crime syndicate? Extorting protection money should be right up the alley for many of these blue-helmet soldiers.

      And it would put an end to all the righty complaints that the UN is a papertiger that is unable to project strength. Granted, that strength would be of the “god no, for all that’s holy, STAY AWAY, we beg you” reaction-inducing kind that is usually reserved to mobsters and East European “money collection agencies”, but you’ve gotta go with what you do best, no?

      Posted by PW on 02/24 at 06:03 AM • permalink

 

    1. There is much wailing and gnashing of teeth in Margolia

      As much as I hate to perpetuate an off topic thread (sorry Andrea), I feel compelled to comment on a couple of poignant Margo observations.

      In the comments to Jack Robertson’s juvenile slop in Webdiary, Margo writes:

      Another reason why it pays to run Howard’s propaganda? Does anyone know of anyone else appointed to the board of a company or institution she or he openly detests?

      Translation: criticism of the ABC = detesting the ABC = disqualification for the job.

      It says plenty about the Howard Government’s approach to the culture wars, which sees institutions dotted with inappropriate conservative appointees such as David Flint, Christopher Pearson and David Barnett.

      Translation: The left has won control of Australia’s cultural institutions since the 1960’s and we are not about to give up our dominance without a fight.

      Posted by Adam B on 02/24 at 06:58 AM • permalink

 

    1. Arnie – I predict that the Reverend Tom Frame, formerly a military historian but now the chief defence chaplain, will be in demand again at the ABC. He seems to have had a problem before with whether the war was just. Is this the sort of guy you want maintaining morale in the Defence Forces! Oh, sorry, that used to be the job of chaplain in the old days, when we won wars.
      Aldo Borghu, expert on whatever the ABC wants to ask about Defence, and Armin Saikal, guaranteed to be to their liking on Middle Eastern matters.
      There’s a rumour going round that other nominees for the ABC will be media savvy types like Andrew Bolt, Piers Akermann, Greg Sheridan, and perhaps both Miranda and Frank Devine.
      Oh, wouldn’t it be nice ….

      Posted by blogstrop on 02/24 at 07:06 AM • permalink

 

    1. The ABC like the BBC removes money by force from citizens and then uses that money to harm said citizens interests.

      Only by making the media accountable to it’s audience will we see less of the lefts’ censorship and impingement on free speech.

      There is only one way to make the media accountable to the audience, and that is to let them decide whether to fund them or not.

      Coercion funded entertainment is allways campaigning against the morality of personal economic freedom as all those parasites who “work” at institutions funded this way know that their jobs depend on trying to justify the removal of others freedoms.

      Posted by Rob Read on 02/24 at 07:07 AM • permalink

 

    1. I’d also like to know where the outrage is?

      Why are there hardly any stories about this in our national press? Instead we get updates about the Michael Jackson trial.

      Posted by CJosephson on 02/24 at 09:10 AM • permalink

 

    1. Geeze, I’ve heard of blue light districts, now we have to worry about blue helmet ones too?

      Posted by Crusader on 02/24 at 09:38 AM • permalink

 

    1. Our soldiers go to jail for taking pictures of prisoners with panties on their heads.  A photo op orchestrated by CBS and Mary Mapes which left terrorists with their heads still attached to their bodies and only their pride hurt.  These terrorists weren’t political prisoners, but monsters who were in jail fo, among other things, murdering women and children and dumping their bodies in mass graves.  Perhaps public opinion might have been a little different if pictures of the atrocities they committed were sent around the world instead of pictures of these poor babies being forced to endure being looked upon by females.

      The U.N. sponsored rapists are Muslims.  Get the picture.  Muslims see those who are weak, i.e., have no family or tribe to protect them, as fair game.  A Muslim’s manhood is such a poor weak thing it must constantly be propped up by asserting power over the powerless.

      If Islam isn’t this disgusting, then Muslims who denounce this behavior better hurry up and come forward.  The British TV movie on PBS last night about a dirty bomb in London probably scared a lot of people who won’t be looking kindly at the Muslims in their communities.

      I’m tired of being told I’m a racist because I correctly note there has been no hue and cry from the Muslim community about the atrocities committed in the name of Allah and I bet the actress playing a Muslim who works in counter-terrorism will be targeted by the organized hate groups within the religion of peace movement.

      Posted by blerp on 02/24 at 10:11 AM • permalink

 

    1. There’s something wrong with the attitudes of the U.N., Islamofascists, and Leftists toward all people, including themselves. I say it’s a form of sadomasochism, actual or effective, where the destruction of all is ordained by the workings of the mechanism.

      Or call it “free-thought racism”: any creative, incisive, or simply different thought is hated as the “other”. Naturally, they themselves do have some different, hence “suspicious” thoughts within. The result: control of everything as the only option for self creation and proof of self, therefore involving at the same time self-destruction. Or just say there is no self but thought chaos, or a self of continual control need only.

      The only question is how many of the rest of us will they get and take with them. I’m sure everyone here has seen these people around, in their immediate vicinities.

      It would be nice if we could escape them, but we can’t any longer. The need to “manage” everything under the sun also arises from the mechanism.

      Posted by J. Peden on 02/24 at 11:17 AM • permalink

 

    1. Link to ‘babes-for-ruud’ doesn’t work. I suggest your site’s administrator deactivates the redirect feature. It’s cute, but only if it works. Now it’s just annoying.

      Posted by berend on 02/24 at 01:24 PM • permalink

 

    1. I’d love to stay and see the blood hit the back wall, but I must be off to work.

      Posted by blogstrop on 02/24 at 04:34 PM • permalink

 

    1. I’m not super-shocked here. Let’s not forget that one of the under-reported stories of 2003, I think it was, was the Jordanian MP in Kosovo who opened fire on a van full of US MPs while they were changing shifts at one of the UN prisons there. When you have UN peacekeepers killing other UN peacekeepers and nobody seems concerned, what is there to protect the peacekeepees?

      Turn the UN building into a Waffle House.

      Posted by Vasco on 02/24 at 04:43 PM • permalink

 

    1. Vasco .. it already is a waffle house ….

      Posted by Isumbras on 02/24 at 05:09 PM • permalink

 

    1. There’s also the important “Earls Court” effect at play here; when you take people away from their home you tend to loosen their inhibitions and morals.

      Armies tend to be protected against this because of their discipline and nationalism (you’re an ambassador for your country mate etc) which is why they tend to be better at aid than say aid workers – which may have discipline but typically have less nationalism.

      The UN lacks both qualities – it strips peacekeeping soldiers of their nationalism by making them wear blue helmets and forcing Sgt Kahn go through the pretence that he’s an “international soldier�? when in fact he’s just a bloke from Karachi.  And it lack discipline in that it has become so politically correct that its afraid to censure anyone (but Bus) for fear of being accused of racism.

      Posted by giles on 02/24 at 05:32 PM • permalink

 

    1. CJosephson – re: post 19 – if you stuck Jacko in a blue helmet, who could tell from the back?

      PW – re: post 14 – the UN would be the worst mob ever.  “Uh, you don’t have our protection money?  OK, we’re going away to debate the issue, pass a resolution, and order inspectors to look at everything you haven’t hidden behind a locked door or maybe on top of a really tall cabinet.  Should take six years.  You’ll be ever so sorry!” The only scandals they can get themselves into is when someone invites them to go somewhere and provides the necessary resources.

      Seriously – what troops has the UN?  What authority?  What income?  Only that which it mooches off actual nations.  The UN isn’t a mob, it’s evreyone’s loser stoner nephew who crashed on the couch years ago and never left.

      Posted by Nightfly on 02/24 at 06:48 PM • permalink

 

    1. Actually, Jocko is in a blue hat

      Posted by ahem on 02/24 at 07:13 PM • permalink

 

    1. Berend, I suggest you set up your own website and run it to your liking. The redirect isn’t set up to be “cute.”

      I am now too annoyed to fix the code in the link. Those of you who want to visit the “babes for ruud” article can right-click, copy the link, paste it into your browser address window, delete everything in the beginning of the url up to “http://www.iol.co.za” and click on “go” or press enter. If I become less annoyed I may fix the link at some point. (Those of you who were thinking of typing some variant of “chicks are too touchy” into the comment box can save yourselves the trouble.)

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 02/24 at 07:13 PM • permalink

 

    1. PW – re: post 14 – the UN would be the worst mob ever.  “Uh, you don’t have our protection money?  OK, we’re going away to debate the issue, pass a resolution, and order inspectors to look at everything you haven’t hidden behind a locked door or maybe on top of a really tall cabinet.  Should take six years.  You’ll be ever so sorry!�?

      That’s just the top level. The foot-soldiers in the blue helmets are certainly proving themselves capable of more than just words, as we’ve learned with all these scandals. They’re already indecipherable from a mob operation in many cases; so all it takes is Kofi et al. putting their minds into this rebranding I’ve suggested. And frankly, they couldn’t be worse at leading a mob than they are at leading an allegedly reputable international organization, so at worst it’s zero-sum.

      Sure, the top level guys wouldn’t be shooting anyone in the kneecaps, but really, is being diplomacized to death by a UN bigwig that much better?

      Posted by PW on 02/25 at 02:48 AM • permalink

 

    1. hmm, indecipherable? What was I smoking earlier…that’s “indistinguishable” of course.

      Posted by PW on 02/25 at 06:46 AM • permalink

 

  1. Speaking of the UN, SBS is showing “No man’s land” on Sunday night at 9pm. It’s a very critical movie about the UN and peacekeeping in particular so I wonder how it made it on to sbs’s schedule.

    They can’t claim ignorance, even their own program guide says it deals with:
    the hypocrisy of ‘peace-keeping’ forces

    Posted by ArtVandelay on 02/26 at 03:01 AM • permalink