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To: Servant of the 9

It's all so very sad.

I remember UN missions from 20 years ago, and they were not so bad. Sure there was the featherbedding and the emphasis on getting the proper wines in a tropical climate and all that, but they were not yet completely corrupt. One of my good friends from High School (a Dane), was going to attend a military academy so that he could learn to soldier and then work as a UN peace-keeper. It did not seem like a completely stupid idea at the time.

I can only imagine what has happened to him over the years. He was a good man, and I imagine he still is. These stories must turn his stomach. He understood, even then, the importance of order and discipline in the military and diplomatic community. But how do you maintain order and discipline in a trans-national body where nobody has authority over anybody else? It is just a recipe for disaster.

I maintain that it has nothing to do with the nationalities involved. You could take a bunch of farm boys from Iowa and drop them in the middle of the Congo with no supervision, and you would get pretty much the same result. The thing that keeps that from happening in the US military is the Chain of Command, the UCMJ and the prospect of many years of hard labor at Leavenworth, Kansas.

But these things do not exist for UN peace-keepers. Boys will be boys, and on UN missions there is nobody keeping them from doing what they will.


14 posted on 02/17/2005 5:37:49 AM PST by gridlock (ELIMINATE PERVERSE INCENTIVES)
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To: gridlock
You could take a bunch of farm boys from Iowa and drop them in the middle of the Congo with no supervision, and you would get pretty much the same result.

I can't believe you mean that. Iowa farm boys running child sex rings? Absolutely no way.

34 posted on 02/17/2005 10:23:50 AM PST by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: gridlock

What happened in those intervening 20 years was the Clinton Administration and a lack of accountability of the world to the United States. This accountability must be forcefully restored.


42 posted on 02/17/2005 10:36:13 PM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Give Them Liberty Or Give Them Death! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth...)
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