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Thursday, November 30, 2006

The UN's Continuing Sex Scandals: It Is For The Children, After All

I do not think I have to inform our readers of how sick this is. The sheer fact that the United Nations has decided to turn a blind eye to this problem is beyond the pale. And today, the BBCreports the new story unfolding. Captain Ed Morrissey and Allah @ Hot-Air weigh in.

Girls have told of regular encounters with soldiers where sex is demanded in return for food or money.

A senior official with the organisation has accepted the claims are credible.

The UN has faced several scandals involving its troops in recent years, including a DR Congo paedophile ring and prostitute trafficking in Kosovo.

The assistant secretary-general for peacekeeping operations acknowledges that sexual abuse is widespread.

"We've had a problem probably since the inception of peacekeeping - problems of this kind of exploitation of vulnerable populations," Jane Holl Lute told the BBC.

And the United Nations wants people to trust them? Thius is hardly the way to go about it. Ms. Lute is quick to admit it, but offers no solution to this rampant problem. And I do mean rampant. In nearly every country that peacekeepers are sent to, this is part of the behavior they exhibit. And while it may not be the whole force, just a few bad apples are enough to spoil the pie. What is perhaps even more infuriating than anything is this key paragraph:

Under UN regulations, military personnel cannot be prosecuted in the country where they are serving, and it is up to the courts in their home countries to prosecute crimes committed.

The UN said it had firm knowledge of only two concrete examples of sex offenders being sent to jail, although it believed there could be others it did not know about.

That is absolutely inexcusable. A country where its citizens have been victimized does not have the right to put the perpetrator on trial? Personally, if I were the person in charge of a nation that had peacekeepers that committed these atrocious crimes, I would have them arrested and locked up. What is Kofi Annan going to do then? Issue a sternly worded letter? Give me a break, and to Hell with their rules. They seem fine with breaking rules and laws in other countries, so maybe it is time those nations start responding in like kind.

The United Nations is beyond "sick." It is dying a slow and painful death, and it is dragging the world down with it. I can honestly state that neither Thomas or I like the United Nations. We have despicsed this organization for years, and it is because we see that they serve no purpose other than to create chaos around the world, or allow crimes to go unpunished. How long has the world been screaming about the genocide in Sudan? Just this week the United Nations issued a statement where they are acknowledging that crime, but they have offered no solution to it. Sanctions will not help those being murdered in that nation.

The BBC report shows the serious problems within the peacekeeping misssions, and yet Kofi Annan has done nothing to stop it, or even take it seriously.

UN chief Kofi Annan has pledged a policy of "zero tolerance".

The UN's own figures show 316 peacekeeping personnel in all missions have been investigated, resulting in the summary dismissal of 18 civilians, repatriation of 17 members of Formed Police Units and 144 repatriations or rotations home on disciplinary grounds.

However allegations remain that measures to police and curb misconduct are nowhere near as strong as they should be.

Refugees International says there remains a "culture of silence" in some military deployments, and fear of punishment is not enough to ensure compliance with UN rules.

"They may be military men but they are also humanitarian workers," Sarah Martin told the BBC.

"To prey upon the very populations that you are sent to protect is one of the worst forms of violation and betrayal that there is."

Talk is cheap, and Mr. Annan is a lip service puppet in a cheap suit. He can pledge what he wishes, but actions speak louder than words, and frankly thewre have been no actions to curb this. These people are victimizing children:

In Haiti, the BBC's Mike Williams spoke to a street girl as young as 11 who had reported sexual abuse by peacekeepers outside the gates of the presidential palace in Port-au-Prince.

A 14-year-old described her abduction and rape inside a UN naval base in the country two years ago.

Despite detailed medical and circumstantial evidence, the allegation was dismissed by the UN for lack of evidence - and the alleged attacker returned to his home country.

In Liberia, meanwhile, a 15-year-old said she had been attacked by a UN officer on 15 November.

In May this year, another BBC investigation discovered systematic abuse in Liberia, involving food being given out to teenage refugees in return for sex.

Sick. Depraved. Perverted. And completely uncalled for. We keep hearing how the United Nations is working towards reform, and that is a nice concept, but it is nothing more than a lie. Its entire mission in this world is a lie. They do not want peace and democracy. Freedom is a foreign concept to those in the United Nations. They want capitulation. They want subjugation. They want other nations around the world to surrender everything to them, including the population's basic rights, and that nation's sovereignty.

And here are some stories done by the BBC about these crimes:

--July 19, 2005, a story regarding the Burundi case, and the inclusion of the Congo cases.

--November 23, 2004, a story that details the Congo case, and includes the fact that some of the peacekeepers actions are on video.

--November 19, 2002, a story revolving around the sexual abuse of Nepalese women, including a seven-year old girl.

And that was found with just a few, short keystrokes.

This is just one more stellar example of why we--the United States--needs to withdraw from this organization. Not just our presence there, but our monetary support of it, and any peacekeepers we may have "donated" to them. The longer nations continue to support the United Nations, the longer this sort of behavior will continue unfettered, and refused to be acknowledged by those in charge. A changing of the guard at the United Nations, as is supposed to occur this coming January, will not solve the problem. A serious reformation is needed there, and I doubt it will occur. Best to abandon ship while there are still a few lifeboats left.



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