Make love, not war

The title of my post was a fatuous, smarmy expression during its heyday in the 1960s. With the UN “peacekeepers,” though, it’s taken on a whole, horrible new meaning:

Sexual abuse of children as young as six by aid workers and United Nations peacekeepers has continued unchecked despite repeated promises to stamp it out, according to a 12-month investigation.

More than half of the children interviewed in three countries, Ivory Coast, South Sudan and Haiti, knew of cases of forced sex with aid staff or peacekeepers.

The assaults were often in return for the very food or protection supposed to be provided to the vulnerable in a crisis.

Similar allegations have dogged UN missions since the organisation sent peacekeepers to Cambodia in the 1990s. However, today’s report, from Save The Children, is the first to point the finger at civilian aid staff, including those working for British charities, as well as soldiers.

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Elizabeth’s case [gang raped by 10 UN workers when she was 12] is not unique among the 341 children interviewed.

A third claimed that they knew of someone in their community who had been sexually attacked by a peacekeeper or an aid worker.

More than half claimed to know of cases where penniless children, some as young as six, were forced into sexual acts in return for money or food.

If you’re interested in more information about where UN dollars get spent, read the rest here.

UPDATE:  I’m glad you came to visit this blog.  The UN is, to my mind, an unsavory organization, and the more we know about it the better.  This is an old post, however, so if you’d like to see my more recent blog posts, which touch upon conservative political and social issues, please check out my home page.  And if you like what you see, come back again.

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  1. Ymarsakar says

    People like Harry Reid or John Kerry would say that the opinion of the world is something that benefits us, thus we should modify our actions to be in line with the values of the world.

    I say, most of the world needs to be burned down and purged by American power and rebuilt anew.

  2. Ymarsakar says

    Oh btw, if you want legitmacy, don’t go to the UN. Staying inside the United Nations has hurt America’s “status” among the world far more than a hundred Iraqs.

  3. Mike Devx says

    So it is not just the U.N., but also other aids organization workers, who are sexually molesting children when they can get away with it. This is sad and troubling news.

    The conservative position seems to hold most strongly here: People everywhere can be either good or bad. We need strong central authority so that people will tend to keep their worst impulses in check.

    No one is controlling the U.N. and aid organization workers. No one. In that environment, monstrous behavior rises to the surface. It appears that human nature does not automatically lead humans to behave well. Strong authority, including punishment – and the fear of punishment – appears necessary to push humans into behaving morally.

  4. says

    I’m not disputing the claims that the U.N. “Peacekeepers” and other aid workers are committing heinous acts against the people they are supposed to help, but this article reeks of sloppy journalism:

    “More than half of the children interviewed in three countries, Ivory Coast, South Sudan and Haiti, knew of cases of forced sex with aid staff or peacekeepers…

    A third claimed that they knew of someone in their community who had been sexually attacked by a peacekeeper or an aid worker.

    More than half claimed to know of cases where penniless children, some as young as six, were forced into sexual acts in return for money or food.”

    – that’s a load of hearsay.

    The Telegraph’s article sounds like a pathetic attempt to smear the U.N. We need solid, investigative journalism if we’re ever going to get the general public to know just how evil the U.N. is.

  5. Ymarsakar says

    - that’s a load of hearsay.

    Given the character of the UN and their anti-American efforts, we don’t need much more than that given their previous records.

    Enemies are not given the benefit of the doubt, after all. That is why they are enemies rather than citizens or allies.

    We need solid, investigative journalism if we’re ever going to get the general public to know just how evil the U.N. is.

    Like that which was conducted on the UN concerning Oil for Food? How many Americans or people can thus list the grievances against the Un after such investigative journalism? Many amongst conservatives, almost zero on the part of Democrats and fake liberals. The latter not because they didn’t see it, but because they don’t care how evil the UN is. In their view, it can never be as evil as the US military or Bush or Haliburton.

    What people care about is power, threats, and wealth. Until one of those three factors are impacted by “investigative journalism”, then it nearly doesn’t matter how much investigation you do into the UN for it will just sink into a black hole and disappear without effect.

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