Sunday, December 26, 2004

The UN's Abu Ghraib

I found the link to this article, detailing the UN's latest scandal, at the fourth rail:

[...]HOME-MADE pornographic videos shot by a United Nations logistics expert in the Democratic Republic of Congo have sparked a sex scandal that threatens to become the UN’s Abu Ghraib.
The expert was a Frenchman who worked at Goma airport as part of the UN’s $700 million-a-year effort to rebuild the war-shattered country. When police raided his home they discovered that he had turned his bedroom into a studio for videotaping and photographing sex sessions with young girls.

[...]When the police arrived the man was allegedly about to rape a 12-year-old girl sent to him in a sting operation. Three home-made porn videos and more than 50 photographs were found.
The case has highlighted the apparently rampant sexual exploitation of Congolese girls and women by the UN’s 11,000 peacekeepers and 1,000 civilians at a time when the UN is facing many problems, including the Iraqi “oil-for-food” scandal and accusations of sexual harassment by senior UN staff in Geneva and New York.
The prospect of the pornographic videos and photographs — now on sale in Congo — becoming public worries senior UN officials, who fear a UN version of the scandal at the American-run Abu Ghraib jail in Iraq. “It would be a pretty big problem for the UN if these pictures come out,” one senior official said.

What? You mean it could possibly discredit the UN's moral superiority and dirty its otherwise clean slate?

The article is pretty detailed:
[...]UN insiders told The Times that two Russian pilots based in Mbandaka paid young girls with jars of mayonnaise and jam to have sex with them.

[...]In July 2002 the rebel commander Major-General Jean Pierre Ondekane, who subsequently became Minister of Defence in a postwar transitional government, told a top UN official that all that Monuc (the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo) would be remembered for in Kisangani was “for running after little girls”.
An international organisation examining the sex trade between Monuc and local women found that in March there were 82 women and girls who had been made pregnant by Moroccan men and 59 more by Uruguayan men.

According to UN insiders, at least two UN officials — a Ukrainian and a Canadian — have had to leave the country after getting local women pregnant.

According to Bill Roggio at the fourth rail, the main stream media in the US hasn't picked up on this story:

[...] news sources do not view the story of international soldiers, while wearing the U.N.'s baby blue berets, repeatedly raping and exploiting children as news worthy. Unlike Abu Ghraib, we will not be subject to the daily barrage of compromising photographs plastered on the front pages of French, Moroccan, Canadian, Russian, Ukrainian or Uruguayan peacekeepers raping children.

[...] In an extensive article on abuses in the Congo, which include rape, there is nary a mention of the abuses by United Nations peacekeepers. The story of U.N. troops exploiting and raping women and children in the Congo far exceeds the crimes committed in Abu Ghraib by American soldiers, but it will be buried like the United Nations Oil for Food scandal, which far exceeded the all of American cooperate scandals combined, or the sexual harassment at the United Nations headquarters.
Internationalism and its vehicle for propagation, the United Nations, must be shielded from criticism at all costs by the liberal elites. It is American abuses of terrorists that are important, after all. Nothing to see here. Move along.

Well said...


Blogger Sminklemeyer said...

Being under the command of the UN is every soldier's worst night mare. I had a friend who deployed to Bosnia and Samalia, and both times, he was under their control. Once he had a Pakistani officer make him clean his weapon. This is unheard of in the U.S. ranks. I guess, people are people though. Kind of sickening, but it's reality. Keep the posts coming. How's home?

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