Thursday, November 30, 2006

Pimping Their Ride

The UN is still engaging in conduct that should make those who sought to hang Mark Foley for his indecent conduct go absolutely bonkers in horror. That is, unless they don't even know that it's going on or don't care.

It is the UN after all:
Children have been subjected to rape and prostitution by United Nations peacekeepers in Haiti and Liberia, a BBC investigation has found.
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.
These problems have been reported before. The UN has repeatedly claimed that it would police its own and impose new requirements that would eliminate these situations. They haven't worked. The UN is a broken organization and the leadership, starting with Kofi Annan has been derelict in its duties not only to the organization itself, but to those who have called on the UN to provide security and safety in peacekeeping operations.

The UN, and Kofi Annan, have had years to deal with the problem, and have not raised a finger to fix the institutional problems. The problems are systemic, widespread, and extend to the Secretariat itself. Yet, simple fixes - such as rigorous oversight and harsh penalties for offenses is not even in the cards. Heck, the UN hasn't even tried a simple questionaire to inform peacekeepers of acceptable behavior. They can claim zero-tolerance is the name of the game all they want, but the UN peacekeepers and top officials continue to ignore the problems.

Hot Air, Captain Ed, and It Shines for All have much more.

Blue Crab Boulevard and Wake Up America also weigh in.

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