Monday, November 03, 2008

Depend Upon The United Nations At Your Own Peril - The Congo

Peace agents ill prepared to handle explosion of violence in African nation

War May Not Be The Answer but it is far better to have the power and armaments of a warrior that allows you to maintain the peace.

KIBATI, Congo - The refugees watched in anger as the U.N. tanks headed away from the battlefield and the Tutsi rebels they were supposed to be stopping.

"Where are they going? They're supposed to protect us!" shouted Jean-Paul Maombi, a 31-year-old nurse who had fled his village because of the violence. Nearby, young men hurled rocks at the U.N. troops.

The quick unraveling of the world's largest U.N. peacekeeping effort has come as no surprise to the mission's critics, who complain the force was unprepared for its main task — protecting civilians from the war.

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