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UN troops besieged in Ivory Coast
BBC News ^ | January 18, 2006 | BBC News

Posted on 01/18/2006 11:40:15 AM PST by sergey1973

United Nations peacekeepers in Ivory Coast's main city are under siege by supporters of President Laurent Gbagbo. More than 2,000 protesters have tried to force their way into UN headquarters in Abidjan, and had to be held back by warning shots and tear gas.

More than 300 troops have been forced to withdraw from two UN bases in the west of the country after clashes that left at least four protesters dead.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: africa; france; ivorycoast; ivorycoastturmoil; un; unitednations; unpeacekeepers
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1 posted on 01/18/2006 11:40:18 AM PST by sergey1973
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To: sergey1973

The UN is winning hearts and minds every where they go.


2 posted on 01/18/2006 11:41:16 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: sergey1973

The French-sounding phrase coup d'etat comes to mind.


3 posted on 01/18/2006 11:42:19 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: sergey1973
UN troops besieged in Ivory Coast

"Paging the warmongering, imperialistic United States of America. Clean up in Aisle 6."

4 posted on 01/18/2006 11:44:03 AM PST by Polybius
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To: sergey1973
I can't remember who said it...

The only thing the UN is good at is keeping the peace where there already is peace.

5 posted on 01/18/2006 11:44:08 AM PST by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: sergey1973

They have got to start paying those parking tickets.


6 posted on 01/18/2006 11:44:13 AM PST by Thrusher ("...there is no peace without victory.")
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To: sergey1973

We should let the multilateralists handle it. This doesn't pass a global test.


7 posted on 01/18/2006 11:46:25 AM PST by .cnI redruM (Shame, not sanctions - UN policy on Iran)
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To: Semper Paratus

"More than 300 troops have been forced to withdraw from two UN bases...."

(aside from hearts and minds)

and these guys want into Iraq???????????????????


8 posted on 01/18/2006 11:46:52 AM PST by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: sergey1973

Its a quagmire. Its the UN's Vietnam.


9 posted on 01/18/2006 11:52:16 AM PST by dinoparty (In the beginning was the Word)
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To: sergey1973

Run away Run away


10 posted on 01/18/2006 11:52:40 AM PST by MANO
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To: Semper Paratus

Happy Huntin!


11 posted on 01/18/2006 11:53:40 AM PST by HHKrepublican_2 (OP Spread the Truth....http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1535158/posts)
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To: MANO
Run away Run away



12 posted on 01/18/2006 11:55:39 AM PST by HHKrepublican_2 (OP Spread the Truth....http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1535158/posts)
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To: sergey1973

Calling all Democrats, Calling all Democrats, Calling all ACLU Members, Calling all ACLU members.......


13 posted on 01/18/2006 11:56:17 AM PST by HarleyLady27 (My ? to libs: "Do they ever shut up on your planet?" "Grow your own DOPE: Plant a LIB!")
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To: sergey1973
Oh fer crying out loud

Can these UN people BE any more inept??!!
14 posted on 01/18/2006 11:58:39 AM PST by The Louiswu (The coward will not fight, the fool refuses to see necessity the scoundrel puts himself ahead of all)
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To: sergey1973

Special Memo To UN Troops:

SHOOT BACK AT RIOTERS!

Just a suggestion...


15 posted on 01/18/2006 11:58:57 AM PST by MplsSteve
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To: Phantom Lord
They can't even do that...



16 posted on 01/18/2006 11:58:59 AM PST by Issaquahking (Build nukes, Harvest timber, Drill ANWR, Because it's good earth use, not abuse!!!)
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To: sergey1973

UN better pull out now before it becomes a QUAGMIRE!


17 posted on 01/18/2006 11:59:40 AM PST by RasterMaster ("Bin Laden shows others the road to Paradise, but never offers to go along for the ride." GWB)
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To: sergey1973

"Warning Shots and tear gas"

I think I see the problem.


18 posted on 01/18/2006 12:00:25 PM PST by CAP811 (One man can change the world with a bullet in the right place)
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To: RasterMaster

This headline will have Iran shaking. Oh the fear of the mighty UN!!!


19 posted on 01/18/2006 12:03:07 PM PST by bfree (PC is BS)
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To: sergey1973

Does this have anything to do with the diamond wars and the rebels that were cutting off hands and feet?


20 posted on 01/18/2006 12:04:16 PM PST by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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To: sergey1973

yea yea,

150 years of occupation in the Ivory Coast = the French spreading democracy and culture.

3 years in Iraq, helping the Iraqis create a Constitution, having elections and already planning to leave = No blood for oil.

Red6


21 posted on 01/18/2006 12:07:43 PM PST by Red6
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

How about the ever popular French phrase, "Je me rends"?


22 posted on 01/18/2006 12:09:49 PM PST by RightWingConspirator (Glad that Ted the Boorish Drunk, Hitlery the Witch and John Fonda/Fraud Kerry are not my senators.)
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To: sergey1973

Ouch! Does this mean the price of cocoa goes up?


23 posted on 01/18/2006 12:10:57 PM PST by lilylangtree
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To: sergey1973

2000 protesters trumps 300 troops only when they are U.N. troops.


24 posted on 01/18/2006 12:11:50 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (Liberals oppose individual slavery compared to colletive slavery because they hate competition!)
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To: RightWingConspirator

I go?


25 posted on 01/18/2006 12:13:41 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: sergey1973

UN troops to busy raping women and children to defend themselves?


26 posted on 01/18/2006 12:14:04 PM PST by rrrod
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To: sergey1973
"There is not a future for Ivory Coast if the FPI succeeds in making a putsch against the peace process. That means war."

When putsch comes to shove...

27 posted on 01/18/2006 12:16:22 PM PST by keat
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To: sergey1973

28 posted on 01/18/2006 12:18:43 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: sergey1973

Are thses really UN, or are they French, since they have already surrendered two bases.


29 posted on 01/18/2006 12:20:36 PM PST by PAR35
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To: Red6

Ah, the French. When they lost control of the Cote d'Ivoire five years ago they retreated, uh rather, globalized the defense forces by letting the UN take over.

So the poor Bangladeshi's are left to clean up their mess. Must be some top quality troops.

Hey, we could do this in Iraq. Oops, forgot, we really care about what happens on the world.

No more blood for cocoa!


30 posted on 01/18/2006 12:23:02 PM PST by keat
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To: sergey1973

Remember a time when retreat was the ultimate humiliation and would be avoided at ALL costs? Remember Bradley taunting Rommel's request for surrender with a defiant "nuts!"? Today and we have the "military might" of the world's great powers chased away by a bunch of savages with rocks and sticks. My how times have changed.


31 posted on 01/18/2006 12:25:24 PM PST by Pookee
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To: sergey1973

Yawn..


32 posted on 01/18/2006 12:28:33 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: keat

As corny as it sounds - YES!

Germany - Italy - Japan - S. Korea - Afghanistan - Yes, even Iraq.

What is the key difference in us and the French? The French ARE a colonial power even to this day. They ARE imperialistic. Ask the people living on the Pacific Islands where they did nuke tests if they are free.

The origin of the Vietnam war was based on Frances attempt to regain it’s pre WWII colonial position. It was the involvement of Soviet and Chinese that prompted our involvement since we wanted to stop the spread of communism.

France is a colonial power. Most in Europe DO NOT want to touch that. They all want to be one big happy family and look over these minor details.

What were our interests in the Balkans? Somalia? Haiti? Liberia in 2003? France if given the chance would be a monster. Centralized power, media control, colonial ambitions, and and and. The only difference is that they are small, weak, and impotent in their military, economic and political base (Although the latter is growing). They have power through the UN, EU and see their chance in becoming a power-house through the EU which they see themselves leading with Germany. There is a “core” within Europe. France has even remarked about this several times. The French are “nationalists” and “socialists” and France as a nation is a “colonial power”.

Look at France’s refusal to put it’s nukes under NATO! Multilateral move? Hardly! All awhile the US is defined as a Unilateral nation by the extreme pro-left biased European media. The US who CREATED the UN, NATO and went to the UNSC for Iraq despite in all reality having all the reason and justification to attack Iraq already long before the question of a second resolution was even brought up.

What you have today is near absurd. The French fight their little colonial wars in Africa primarily and the MSM is largely silent. In 2003 we help stabilize Liberia with 4,500 US troops and leave shortly thereafter. We help the Philippines in fighting Abu Saeff, send troops to Haiti, still have troops in the Balkans, Sinai (MFO) and elsewhere, and “WE” get put into the corner and even classified by the MSM in our OWN NATION on par with dictatorships and foreign politicians even compare Bush to Hitler. Our MSM is near silent except for the "Quagmire-Vietnam-bla bla bla" on Iraq.

Imagine this- While US troops were still in the Balkans, fighting for a cause that Germany requested and we didn’t benefit from in any single way, while we were in S. Korea, Rep. of Georgia, Columbia and and and conducting counter narcotics to peace keeping even in THEIR back yard (Balkans), these terds refer to us as “hegemony”, “Imperialistic”, and make statements like “No blood for oil”.

Respect you earn, and the behavior of some of our friends across the Atlantic has been less than respectable in the last few years. France as a nation is a colonial power, even if the Europeans just choose to not talk about that.

Red6


33 posted on 01/18/2006 12:53:58 PM PST by Red6
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To: Red6
Thanks for the detailed answer. I'd just make one change, last paragraph:

...the behavior of some of our friends across the Atlantic has been less than respectable in the last few years centuries...

34 posted on 01/18/2006 12:58:47 PM PST by keat
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To: sergey1973

35 posted on 01/18/2006 1:08:09 PM PST by SmithL (Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Lift up your gates and sing, Hosana in the highest! Hosana to your King!)
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To: Red6

"Respect you earn, and the behavior of some of our friends across the Atlantic has been less than respectable in the last few years. France as a nation is a colonial power, even if the Europeans just choose to not talk about that.

Red6"

The disrespect comes from France & Germany seeing themselves as a direct global competitor of the USA. Global competitors don't exactly stay or become allies. Those days with at least Germany are over. France hasn't been our friend since the 1800's when they shipped over the statue of Liberty.


36 posted on 01/18/2006 1:15:10 PM PST by quant5
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To: Pookee
Remember a time when retreat was the ultimate humiliation and would be avoided at ALL costs? Remember Bradley taunting Rommel's request for surrender with a defiant "nuts!"?

Rommel died before the Battle of the Bulge, and the American General was McAuliffe.

37 posted on 01/18/2006 1:32:24 PM PST by Sthitch
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To: Pookee

>>>Today and we have the "military might" of the world's great powers chased away by a bunch of savages with rocks and sticks.<<<

I wouldn't exactly call the UN forces "mighty". Going to war without the UN is like going hunting without your lawnmower...
it's a meddlesome burden, better left behind.


38 posted on 01/18/2006 2:09:53 PM PST by snowrip (Liberal? YOU HAVE NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT. Actually, you lack even a legitimate excuse.)
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To: dfwgator

Is that a real pic from the Ivory coast or is it photoshopped?
Poor bastard you have no idea the UN doesnt care about you.


39 posted on 01/18/2006 2:12:10 PM PST by MARKUSPRIME
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To: sergey1973

How can they be “Peacekeepers” when there is no peace to keep?


40 posted on 01/18/2006 2:13:56 PM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: R. Scott

"How can they be “Peacekeepers” when there is no peace to keep?"

Right -:))) You can call them "UN Bystanders" -:))))


41 posted on 01/18/2006 2:43:31 PM PST by sergey1973 (Russian American Political Blogger, Arm Chair Strategist)
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To: dfwgator

Where did you find that photo, is it real? I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if it was, but that is way too good!


42 posted on 01/18/2006 2:46:07 PM PST by proud_yank (Aspiring CEO of a multinational corporation)
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To: Pookee

That was Colonel McCauliffe I believe. The German general was either Deitrich or Pieper I think.


43 posted on 01/18/2006 2:47:41 PM PST by When do we get liberated? ((God save us from the whining, useless, irrelevent left...))
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To: Sthitch

Rommel died in June.


44 posted on 01/18/2006 2:49:07 PM PST by When do we get liberated? ((God save us from the whining, useless, irrelevent left...))
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To: bfree
After the UN evacuates it's troops out of the Ivory Coast,
I'm sure they will be landing on the beaches of Iran to fight
for control of the Iranians nuclear assets.
           
45 posted on 01/18/2006 2:56:04 PM PST by JeffersonRepublic.com (There is no truth in the news, and no news in the truth.)
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To: sergey1973

One of the problems I see the UN having in these operations is using the term “peacekeepers”. That will preclude them from taking offensive action – or any serious defensive action. They are restricted to a show of force, and very restricted in the use of any form of deadly force.


46 posted on 01/18/2006 3:07:46 PM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: JeffersonRepublic.com

If the UN is powerless to control a banana republic how on earth can we expect them to deal with the Iran issue. Oh right we cant..


47 posted on 01/18/2006 3:07:47 PM PST by MARKUSPRIME
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To: Pookee

Remember Bradley taunting Rommel's request for surrender with a defiant "nuts!"?



Check your facts, it was not Rommel and Bradley. The US general was Clark. This occured during the Battle of the Bulge.


48 posted on 01/18/2006 3:19:36 PM PST by SFC Chromey (We are at war with Islamofascism)
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To: Sthitch

My bad, it was McAuliffe, I for some reason thought of Clark.


49 posted on 01/18/2006 3:20:44 PM PST by SFC Chromey (We are at war with Islamofascism)
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To: sergey1973

PULL OUT!!!! NOW!!!!

 


Communist Goals 1963 Congressional Record

50 posted on 01/18/2006 3:25:01 PM PST by Fintan (See??? Sometimes I do read the articles.)
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