Congolese Militants Inadvertently Make the Case for U.N. Reform

Today’s New York Times story on the horrific gang-rape of an entire Congolese village contains little of the human rights abuse-porn that typifies most American reporting on the Congo conflict. Instead, veteran reporter Jeffrey Gettlman focuses on the country’s United Nations peacekeeping force and its chronic inability to protect civilians. With massacres and gang rapes happening within earshot of bases and the world’s deadliest conflict since World War II still going strong,

many critics contend that nowhere else in the world has the United Nations invested so much and accomplished so little.

If only that were true. Unfortunately, there are a few more candidates for the title of "costliest, most mismanaged U.N. initiative," starting with UNWRA, which is, in part, an ethnically-based welfare program for Palestinians living in Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. And then there's the World Food Program boondoggle in Afghanistan, the botched coordination of relief efforts after the Haiti earthquake, and, of course, anything related to the U.N. Human Rights Council. The gap between the U.N.'s potential as a facilitator of meaningful global cooperation and its reality as an inefficient, U.S.-subsidized global civil service is wide. Today's article is a reminder that the consequences of not reforming the U.N. are far more serious than just the occasional wasted billion in U.S. taxpayer dollars.

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  • Abdul||

    Today’s New York Times story on the horrific gang-rape of an entire Congolese village contains little of the human rights abuse-porn that typifies most American reporting on the Congo conflict.

    At least Japanese reporting remembers to include the tentacles.

  • T||

    I got lambasted over at another, lesser website for arguing that the proper response to the UN was disband it and try again if some such organization was really necessary. As always, arguing that a failed institution that increases the sum of human misery should be abolished instead of reformed meant I was a heartless bastard who didn't care about the suffering masses elsewhere. Good intentions trump results every damn time with some people.

  • Federal Dog||

    "Good intentions trump results every damn time with some people."

    Are their intentions good?

  • ||

    Just as we should kill the Department of Education for completely, consistently failing in its mission, we should get the fuck out of the UN that completely and consistemtly fails in it's missions.

    The emperor has no clothes.

  • Barack Obama||

    Let me be clear.

    The United Nations is helping me disarm protect the American people.

  • Fluffy||

    Who the $(%&% is Armin Rosen?

    Is that a dude or a chick?

    Has the Kochtopus grown another tentacle?

  • Pip||

    I think it's the same person that advocates nationalizing the Afghan opium trade.

  • Solanum||

    He played Quark, the bartender on DS9. Ferengis are all greedy, heartless libertarians, you know.

  • ||

    I thought the Ferengi were a thinly veiled Jew stereotype. But we know Rick Berman would never do anything like that.

  • Solanum||

    Ferengis have huge ears - not huge noses. No similarity whatsoever.

    Played the new dlc for Borderlands yet? Dead Rising 2 has been eating up all my time lately, so I haven't had a chance to play it yet.

  • ||

    Right; huge ears are a Dutch stereotype. Cheap bastard Dutchies.

    I have played the new DLC. It's OK so far, but not great. It is pretty satisfying gunning down mobs of claptraps, I have to admit.

  • Solanum||

    gunning down mobs of claptraps

    Sounds like it'd be worth downloading for that alone. Annoying little pricks.

  • Rick Sanchez||

    I thought it was a fair and balanced depiction.

  • Fluffy||

    So Suderman 2.0 has been here for a month and I didn't notice?

  • Abdul||

    To be fair, the US can't handle the Steve Smith problem in the Pacific Northwest, how can we expect the puny UN to handle his congolese counterpart, Mokele M'bebe?

  • ||

    STEVE SMITH HAVE BLUE HELMET! HAPPEN WHEN PUT RUBBER BAND AROUND "LITTLE STEVIE"! BETTER TO STRIKE FEAR IN HEART OF STRANDED HIKER! STEVE SMITH LOVE BLUE HELMET!

  • Corduroy||

    If you had changed your handle, that would have been perfection.

  • Paul||

    nowhere else in the world has the United Nations invested so much and accomplished so little.

    Wow. Now that's saying something.

  • Paul||

  • ¢||

    So Suderman 2.0 has been here for a month and I didn't notice?

    Suderman was Sanchez 2.0 (Weigel was a buggy fork), but he's gradually started sounding a little like a libertarian, sometimes, so the tree of not-liberty must be refreshed.

    And their names are getting sillier, like OSX iterations. Next up: Wadham Nunce III.

  • Paul||

    And their names are getting sillier, like OSX iterations. Next up: Wadham Nunce III.

    Ok that was funny.

  • Pip||

    Weigel was a buggary fuck

  • MJ||

    In other words, the names are appproaching Randian villian territory.

  • ||

    You know who would do a better job than UN peacekeepers?
    The staff at Reason Magazine.
    They are a bunch of BADASS MOTHERFUCKERS.

  • ||

    (fap, fap, fap, fap, fap, fap, fap)

  • ||

    They wouldn't do a worse job.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I think Iran just barely beat out the Congolese militants to head the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

  • Peace Taker||

    Sad. The UN should just end those poor peoples' misery and nuke the whole damn place. When an entire village can get raped, it's time to start over, or start supplying the villagers with guns. It would be a lot better then what they have currently.

  • JD||

    But if they had guns people might get hurt.

  • Michael Ejercito||

    But if they had guns people might get hurt.


    Yeah, we sure would not want to hurt people who only want to stick their penises in women's vaginas, whether or not the women agree...

  • ||

    But . . . but . . . people shouldn't own guns! It just continues the cycle of violence!

  • Brett L||

    I can't read the word 'Congolese' without hearing "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner". I blame that son-of-a-bitch Van Owen.

  • Ben P.||

    Sadly, you are not alone in this set of thoughts.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Christ, they're going to be asking the fucking Belgians to come back...

  • T||

    At least the Belgians would have dropped a battalion of paratroopers and started shooting people.

  • ||

    With the UN there, aren't the Belgians pretty much back, at least in spirit?

  • ||

    I have never had a problem with the UN as an argie-bargie place where disputes can be settled and grievances aired. As Churchill said "Jaw-jaw is better than war-war" (it helps to hear it said in Churchill's voice rather than seeing it in print).

    It is the UN's "civil service" that is galling. I would have no problem seeing UNESCO, UNICEF, FAO, ILA and the rest of that alphabet soup shut down and their parasitical employees sent scurrying from New York and Geneva back to their own countries in search of honest work, or at least situations where they can only prey on their own nationals.

  • ziggy||

    why can you no longer post a story directly to facebook?

  • Abdul||

    Because the UN is running the Facebook thingamajig

  • Rob||

    UNMIL's been doing a pretty decent job here in Liberia. Just sayin'. Not perfect and above board at all times, to be sure, but still...

  • دردشة||

    thank u

  • lj220||

    NY times????IFDFBEBUD

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