Put a Red Light on the UN

News of U.N. crimes in Congo is finally getting out:

UNITED NATIONS – Linked in the past to sex crimes in East Timor, and prostitution in Cambodia and Kosovo, U.N. peacekeepers have now been accused of sexually abusing the very population they were deployed to protect in Congo.

And while the 150 allegations of rape, pedophelia and solicitation in Congo may be the United Nations’ worst sex scandal in years, chronic problems almost guarantee that few of the suspects will face serious punishment.

The problem is simple: The United Nations often implores nations to discipline their peacekeepers, but it has little power to enforce the rules. And when nations are reluctant anyway to contribute soldiers for dangerous missions like Congo, it’s tough to turn the tables and shame them publicly.

“The U.N. goes around trying to cajole countries to provide peacekeepers,” said Edward Luck, a professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. “They’re having a hard time getting any member states to respond, and that doesn’t give the U.N. a great deal of leverage in these kinds of situations.”

Let’s repeat that last point: The U.N. can’t–or won’t–police its own police forces simply because it’s too difficult to recruit them.

This leads to a logical question: Why in hell do we expect the U.N. to do any good any time the blue helmets are sent into the field?

It seems that every time the U.N. sends out peacekeepers, it’s Abu Ghraib on a grand scale.

Where is the outrage?

As near as I can tell, the main function of the United Nations over the last 40 years or so has been to institutionalize the barbaric, degenerate behavior it’s supposed to eliminate.

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