Peacekeepers attack!

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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:30 am

Kofi Annan wants to reform the UN. Australian troops know that it isn’t that easy:

Australian soldiers drew arms to protect themselves from Jordanian peacekeepers after a Digger blew the whistle on other Jordanian soldiers’ sexual abuse of East Timorese boys.

Corporal Andrew Wratten had to be evacuated and Australian commandos sent to protect Diggers in Oecussi, an East Timorese province in Indonesian West Timor, after he told the UN of the pedophilia that occurred in May 2001.

Those peacekeepers possibly misunderstand their role.

(Via Davo in comments)

Posted by Tim B. on 03/21/2005 at 08:40 AM
    1. Unbelievably disgusting. Even worse the cover up by the UN. I wonder if Margo after having said this, is going to cover the issue

      To build an alternative media platform in collaboration with readers to get news out which is being suppressed and publish views which are not being heard. This could involve help to whistleblowers whose lives are destroyed by having the guts to care about the public interest

      Like the brave soldier who stood up to these filth. Somehow I doubt it. The abusers weren’t American.

      Posted by Nic on 03/21 at 09:16 AM • permalink


    1. Even or PETOPS guys kick arse!

      The Jordanians were just lucky that our soldiers are well trained in the law of war, otherwise they could have justifiable suffered from high velocity lead poisoning.

      Posted by Razor on 03/21 at 10:02 AM • permalink


    1. Nic — Well, America accepts Jordanian immigrants.  Perhaps she can damn us for encouraging them…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 03/21 at 10:40 AM • permalink


    1. Where’s Salim when we need him?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 03/21 at 11:55 AM • permalink


    1. The story is interesting, but why does the Vodafone ad that comes with it feature Yassir Arafat?

      Posted by JorgXMcKie on 03/21 at 12:04 PM • permalink


    1. The protestors who held signs this weekend alluding to Abu Graib should be protesting this too.  Otherwise they’re nothing more than hypocritical attention seeking wankers with a urgent need to feel morally superior to something, anything.

      They probably did.  I just didn’t see the signs.

      Which means it’s probably my fault.

      Posted by wronwright on 03/21 at 12:13 PM • permalink


    1. The English language is confusing.  Perhaps the job was listed as “Piecekeepers”.

      Posted by dazed on 03/21 at 01:09 PM • permalink


    1. “Those peacekeepers possibly misunderstand their role”

      Yeah.  UN “piece” keepers.

      Posted by dkidd on 03/21 at 01:10 PM • permalink


    1. Maybe they should switch from blue to purple helmets.

      Posted by Jim Treacher on 03/21 at 04:38 PM • permalink


    1. Let’s see . . . . . highly trained diggers or Jordanian conscripts? I wonder how that shitfight would have finished.

      Over in East Timor, the diggers called the local goats “Jordanian war brides”.

      I shit you not.

      Posted by steve68 on 03/21 at 08:54 PM • permalink


    1. You’ve gotta admire their versatility: girls in the Congo, boys in East Timor. Back home, the camels must be relieved.

      Posted by mr magoo on 03/21 at 10:12 PM • permalink


    1. Mr Magoo, don’t forget the incident with the Jordanian having to be surgically removed from a goat in East Timor.

      (a quick google hasn’t come up with anything on this but I recall it being discussed on the ABC of all places)

      Posted by ArtVandelay on 03/21 at 11:22 PM • permalink


    1. Salim or mushtaq_omar are indeed conspicuously absent from this thread.  I would have expected some comments from them.

      I’m curious, though; has anyone heard about goat shortages in East Timor?  Perhaps some one should donate a couple thousand as Jordanian auxillaries.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 03/22 at 01:28 AM • permalink


    1. If another live sheep export for Saudi gets knocked back, now we know we can redirect the ship to East Timor . . .

      Posted by steve68 on 03/22 at 01:45 AM • permalink


    1. Re the goat incident, I recall a guest on the Glasshouse (I know, it’s embarrassing but I only watched it once) telling the story. She had just returned from East Timor and I think had heard it from the Aussie soldiers who had to rescue the guy.

      Posted by ArtVandelay on 03/22 at 02:11 AM • permalink


    1. Has anybody called PETA yet?  Cruelty to goats, it’s far worse than cruelty to boys; no wonder the ABC was so interested.

      Posted by mr magoo on 03/23 at 12:34 AM • permalink


  1. What’s the point of this? The UN’s hopeless as a peace-keeper because Jordanians are goat-fucking pedophiles?

    Posted by DK Lillee on 03/23 at 01:02 AM • permalink