Tuesday, February 22, 2005

 

SAEN: "We Love The U.N."

There is a huge scandal brewing and it involves United Nations peacekeepers in Africa sexually abusing young girls, and yet the SAEN has been relatively quiet about it. Think about the copious coverage given to the Abu Ghraib scandal by the SAEN and look at what it devotes to the UN scandal in today's paper:
An Australian investigator for a U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal was convicted Monday of sexually assaulting a 13 year old girl who sought a job as a nanny in his household.
Police officer Peter Halloran, 56, was sentenced to 1 1/2 years in prison.

As CNN reports, the scandal goes much further than this one incident:
There have been more than 150 allegations of sexual exploitation of girls as young as 13 by U.N. peacekeepers in Congo.

So we have UN employees sexually abusing young girls and Kofi Annan decides that the best course of action is to...wait for it...send more UN peacekeepers! More from the CNN story:
Annan last Wednesday urged the Security Council to add at least 100 military police to the peacekeeping mission in Congo to help prevent sex abuse by the U.N. forces.

Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. The SAEN should be commended for the smear job it did in regards to the Abu Ghraib story, but the lack of coverage of the UN scandal leaves me with many questions. It also makes me feel shame. The MSM reported on Abu Ghraib with malicious intensity; smearing our troops in the process, and yet the UN gets a pass.
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