Monday, June 14, 2004

The U.N is not happy

Although this story comes from Newsmax, who isn't always the most reliable source, I do find this story interesting.

If what is said is accurate, there is going to be one hell of a backlash against them. Some of the things this book, Emergency Sex and Other Desperate Measures, talks about are as follows:

Drug taking and excessive drinking by U.N. personnel in Cambodia and other peacekeeping venues was common.

"Peacekeepers" sent by Bulgaria to serve in Cambodia were in reality prison convicts and psychiatric ward patients.

Details of a cover up by a senior U.N. official of an ambush of a U.N. convoy in Mogadishu, Somalia.

A demanded kickback of some salary from U.N. employees to their supervisors.

An allegation that U.N. chief Kofi Annan personally suppressed a report (1994) warning of an impending massacre in the African nation of Rwanda. At the time, Annan directed U.N. peacekeeping affairs.

More than 800,000 people in Rwanda and neighboring Burundi eventually lost their lives according to the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva.

If this is true, on top of the Food for Oil scandal, I can see why the U.N. wouldn't want this book to come out.

For those of us who already think the only use of the U.N. is as a debate society, this just puts more pieces into place. For those who think it is the end all and be all of International Law, maybe this will open thier eyes.