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United Nations angry at BBC

By See-Dubya  •  April 28, 2008 09:50 PM

Who to root against? One is an anti-semitic, state-subsidized, bloated, corrupt friend of despots and thugs and enemy of the West, and the other…

Hmm. No,that won’t work, will it? Let me start again.

The United Nations doesn’t like being investigated, and it doesn’t think a free press exposing its shortcomings is helpful for World Peace. Recently the BBC actually stirred itself to look into corruption by U.N. peacekeeping troops in Congo. Apparently they were speculating in local gold, detaining residents unlawfully (just like Gitmo? No, unlawfully) and according to the BBC (but denied by the UN) assisting gunrunners who were arming the rebel militias.

Which gives the UN the blue-helmet blues:

At UN headquarters there is both irritation and unease over the BBC story.

Irritation because officials regard the allegations of gold smuggling in the Congo by Pakistani peacekeepers as rehashed.

Unease because, as the head of UN peacekeeping, Jean-Marie Guehenno, put it in a letter to the BBC: “Every incident of misconduct by the Blue Helmets diminishes public confidence in our work and weakens the institution of peacekeeping.”

So a rare congrats to the BBC for afflicting the comfortable and doing something worthwhile with the British taxpayer’s pound.

I liked this part:

The UN has come a long way from the days when one official observed that “boys will be boys,” when commenting on a sexual abuse scandal involving UN peacekeepers.

Can you imagine the outrage if a U.S. official said that about, say, Abu Ghraib?


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