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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Peacekeepers Coming to Somalia

There is one thing more useless than the Iraq Study group and that is a new UN peacekeeping Force for Somalia.

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing an East African peacekeeping force to prevent an alliance of Islamic militias from overthrowing Somalia's fragile interim government.

Haven't they had one in Darfur, Sudan for the last few years?

The Security Council adopted a resolution pushed by Britain and the United States to transfer peacekeeping in Darfur from an ill-equipped 7,000-member African Union force to a larger, better equipped U.N. force. But the Sudanese government rejected a U.N. force, claiming it would violate the country's sovereignty and was an attempt at recolonization.

So let's get this straight. The African Peacekeeping force in Darfur is being replaced by a UN peacekeeping force except the Islamic fascists running the country won't approve it, but an African peacekeeping force will work in Somalia because...? Oh and the Islamic fascists in Somalia don't have to leave or account for their terror, they just need to work it out with the government they have for all intents and purposes rendered powerless.

Resolution 1725 partly lifts a 14-year arms embargo so the East African force, which will be formed by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, can equip and arm its peacekeepers. And it calls on the Islamic militias to halt any "further military expansion" and negotiate a power-sharing agreement with the Transitional Federal Government.

Don't forget the ever-present appeasers. They fear doing anything without the approval of the Islamic fascists.

Critics said the decision to authorize foreign intervention without the approval of the Islamic militias may provoke even greater violence in Somalia. "The United States is leading the authorization of another intervention force in another Muslim country against the will of a large percentage of the people," said John Prendergast, an Africa specialist for the Brussels-based International Crisis Group. "The use of force as a substitute for diplomacy will have disastrous results in Somalia.

"You've got to get a negotiated power-sharing deal" before sending in a peacekeeping force, he added. "Doing the reverse simply alienates the courts and potentially will drive them to preemptive military action."

One could make the argument that they engaged in preemptive action when they started conquering the country for Allah. The question that needs to be answered is how have we ended up with such a deep bench of nit wits making decisions like this. I would like to know of ONE negotiated peace that lasted more that a few day. They seem oblivious to the rate of failure that peacekeeping missions have experienced. At some point one would expect them to realize that the true peace process is the rendering of one side to the point of not having the will or resources to continue to fight. Until world leaders figure this out they will continue to see millions of people suffer under the watchful eye of peacekeeping forces.



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Anonymous old 'n Cranky said...

>> Haven't they had one in Darfur, Sudan for the last few years?<<

I think the new one is supposed to act as a control group and validate the results of the study - scientific eh?

4:14 PM  

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