Congratulate me. I\’ve found something the United Nations is really good at, other than gratuitously bashing Israel at every opportunity while ignoring massive atrocities in countries around the world.
Excerpted from Rosa Freedman\’s article for cnn.com:
Earlier this month in New York, the advocacy group AID-Free World launched a campaign to end impunity for personnel who commit sexual abuse during U.N. peacekeeping missions. The rape and abuse of women and children has affected and untold number of victims over the years, said Graca Machel, author of the study “The Impact of Armed Conflict on Children,” speaking at the launch of the campaign, called Code Blue.
U.N. peacekeepers, including troops, civilians and U.N. staff who commit these crimes can do so behind a cloak of immunity, knowing that they will not be held to account for their heinous actions.
Indeed, recently it was revealed that French troops on duty in the Central African Republic are alleged to have committed systematic rape and abuse on children at a displaced persons\’ camp from December 2013 to June 2014.
While those troops were not in U.N. blue helmets, the United Nations has played a central role in their not yet being brought to justice.
The problem is not new. Over the last two decades, peacekeepers have been accused of abuses in Liberia, Congo, Bosnia and Haiti. Personnel have forced women and children to have sex in exchange for food, have trafficked women into U.N. missions and systematically raped them, and have committed other egregious acts of sexual violence. Few of those responsible have ever been brought to justice.
Despite media attention, internal U.N. reviews and repeated calls for action, little has changed on the ground. The reason is that laws protect perpetrators if they are working for or under the cover of the international body.
How do UN peacekeeping forces do when it comes to keeping the peace? One look at the slaughters taking place daily throughout the Islamic world, the burgeoning of ISIS and its affiliated groups, Somalia, Rwanda, etc. etc. etc. will tell you the answer.
But how are those same forces when it comes to taking helpless women who have nowhere to turn, and using them as sexual meat?
NOW we\’re talking accomplishment. And, since there is no mechanism to call them to account, there is no reason, in their minds, to stop.
That is the real UN.
I sometimes use those letters to call it Useless and Neutered. Too bad the second word could not be applied to every subhuman who has attacked women wbo have no way to protect themselves and no way to fight back.
But wait: just to be perfectly fair, I should also point out that there was a great achievement of the UN, which took place just a few days ago.
Excerpted from Hillel Neuer\’s article at Canada Free Press:
As Israeli hospitals continue their life-saving treatment for escalating numbers of wounded Syrians fleeing to the Golan from the Assad regime\’s barbaric attacks, the U.N. reached new heights of absurdity today by adopting a draft resolution portraying Israel as violating the health rights of Syrians in the Golan.
By a vote of 104 to 4, with 6 abstentions and 65 absent, the Jewish state was the only country in the world to be singled out on Wednesday by the annual assembly of the U.N.\’s World Health Organization. The decision (A68/66) was ratified today in Geneva in a final reading by the plenary.
See my point?