Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Somebody needs to undo the mess at the U.N.

James Lileks

Nowadays when you see the words "U.N. sex scandal" in the paper, it's usually prefaced by "another."

The news is disheartening and revolting: In the Congo, U.N. peacekeepers are accused of rape and of patronizing child prostitution rings. In East Timor - we learn four years after the fact - Australian troops drew their weapons, one newspaper reports, "to protect themselves from Jordanian peacekeepers" after an Aussie "blew the whistle on other Jordanian soldiers' sexual abuse of East Timorese boys."

It's been a hard run for the United Nations. Sex scandals. The Oil for Food program, Saddam Hussein's attempt to find a Eurocrat or Russian businessman who couldn't be bribed. (He failed.)

Now if Kofi and Company could only define Terrorism they'd be all set. Actually, the UN has defined terrorists. All those Muslim Islamofacists are just peace loving religious devotees persecuted by the Terrorists of the World which would be the Israeli's and George Bush and Company (aka U.S. of A.).

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