Archive for November, 2006

When Booty Calls

We covered this six months ago.

Good to see the story hasn’t gone away:

Children have been subjected to rape and prostitution by United Nations peacekeepers in Haiti and Liberia, a BBC investigation has found.

Girls have told of regular encounters with soldiers where sex is demanded in return for food or money.

A senior official with the organisation has accepted the claims are credible.

The UN has faced several scandals involving its troops in recent years, including a DR Congo paedophile ring and prostitute trafficking in Kosovo.

The assistant secretary-general for peacekeeping operations acknowledges that sexual abuse is widespread.

“We’ve had a problem probably since the inception of peacekeeping – problems of this kind of exploitation of vulnerable populations,” Jane Holl Lute told the BBC.

“My operating presumption is that this is either a problem or a potential problem in every single one of our missions.”

Holy bleep! Even I’m not that cynical.

But this is not news. If you check out our post from May, you’ll see stories going back two years. And I’m cynical? Compared to most UN missions, Abu Ghraib was Club Med.

Okay, maybe I am cynical.

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Scenes From the Palestinian Liberation LXXXIX

Another day, another clan killing:

At approximately 16:00 Wednesday, 29 November 2006, 3 gunmen shot dead Jihad Suleiman Abu Nsaira, 40, with a live bullet to the head, when he was walking near ‘Abdul Karim al-‘Aklouk School in the center of Deir al-Balah town in the central Gaza Strip. Abu Nsaira was killed for a family revenge. Two school children were also lightly wounded by the gunfire:

1. Mohammed Nahed Bashir, 14; and

2. Ahmed Motee’ al-Naffar, 14.

It is worth noting that an armed dispute erupted between the families of Abu Nsaira and Madi last August on a tract of land. ‘Abdul Hakim Mohammed Madi, 35, was killed and two other persons were wounded in that dispute.

“Dispute”? What was WWI, a tiff?

Across the blooming desert, meanwhile, this Palestinian was preparing for a “heated exchange”:

IDF soldiers manning the Hawarrah checkpoint south of Nablus apprehended an 18 year-old Palestinian Thursday when 3 pipe bombs were found on his person, the army said.

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Popularity Contest

The United Nations has reason to feel good about this, even if they trail Mexico and [shudder] Israel:

Americans have the warmest feelings about England, Canada and Israel, and good feelings have improved about China and India more than any other country since an August poll, according to a survey measuring U.S. attitudes toward foreign nations.

The survey, released Thursday by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, found that Cuba, Iran and North Korea received the coolest ratings when Americans were asked to rank how they felt about foreign nations. Iraq, North Korea and Venezuela were said to be the countries with ratings that fell the most.

In order of ranking, they were England, Canada, Israel, Germany, India, Mexico, the United Nations, Russia, France, China, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Iraq, Syria, the Palestinian government, Cuba, Iran and North Korea.

They didn’t conduct this poll in Cambridge, MA, else the ranking woulds have been flipped.

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Horton Hears a Hutu

To think they could number 121 million:

Rwanda and Burundi were admitted Thursday to the East African Community, a three nation economic bloc with more than 120 million people.

The two countries join Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

One million Tutsis could not be reached for comment.

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Co-Ed No More

When the Taliban calls for single-sex education, they mean it literally:

The gunmen came at night to drag Mohammed Halim away from his home, in front of his crying children and his wife begging for mercy.

The 46-year-old schoolteacher tried to reassure his family that he would return safely.

But his life was over.

He was partly disembowelled and then torn apart with his arms and legs tied to motorbikes. The remains were put on display as a warning to others against defying Taleban orders to stop educating girls.

Religion of pieces, indeed.

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Pat Buchanan in a $3,000 Suit

The perfect summation of James Baker:

“An expert adviser to the Baker-Hamilton commission expects the 10-person panel to recommend that the Bush administration pressure Israel to make concessions in a gambit to entice Syria and Iran to a regional conference on Iraq.”

For James Baker and his ilk, it always comes down to Israel and, by implication, the Jews. I warned about this the other day. His thinking is skewed by his contempt. Baker is Pat Buchanan in a $3,000 suit.

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Too (Too) Jewish?

We reported on this yesterday, but only regarding the ANC’s long association with Yasser Arafat and the PLO.

The Anti-Defamation League has more details:

“The appointment of Desmond Tutu as head of the fact-finding mission to Beit Hanoun is an extension of the anti-Israel kangaroo court tactics used by the U.N. Human Rights Council,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “No fact-finding mission can produce balanced and trustworthy results if its leader professes to know all the answers beforehand. Tutu has already publicly expressed his anti-Israel views and his opinions regarding what happened in Beit Hanoun, and combined with the one-sided anti-Israel mandate provided by the resolution, the results of the mission are all-but preordained.”

Tutu, the former Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has been an outspoken critic of Israel and has publicly stated his personal views about Beit Hanoun, calling it an “outrage that cries out to heaven” and one that “we must condemn.” In the past, Tutu has condemned the “Jewish lobby” in the United States, calling it “very powerful.”

As we said yesterday, Jimmy Carter was busy with his book tour or he would have gotten the assignment.

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[Expletive] the Jews

Jimmy Carter’s long love affair with Israel:

Speechwriter Bob Shrum quit the Carter campaign after just a few weeks, disgusted with what he described as Carter’s penchant for fudging the truth. He also related that Carter, convinced the Jewish vote in the Democratic primaries would go to Senator Henry (“Scoop”) Jackson, had instructed his staff not to issue any more statements on the Middle East.

“Jackson has all the Jews anyway,” Shrum quoted Carter as saying. “We get the Christians.”

Relations between Carter and Israel were tense from the outset of the Carter presidency. Carter’s hostility was evident to Israeli foreign minister Moshe Dayan, who in his memoir Breakthrough described a July 1977 White House meeting between Carter and Israeli officials. “You are more stubborn than the Arabs, and you put obstacles on the path to peace,’’ an angry Carter scolded Dayan and his colleagues.

“Our talk,” Dayan wrote, “lasted more than an hour and was most unpleasant. President Carter…launched charge after charge against Israel.”

[D]uring a March 1980 meeting with his senior political advisers, Carter, discussing his fading reelection prospects and his sinking approval rating in the Jewish community, snapped, “If I get back in, I’m going to [expletive] the Jews.”

And so he has ever since, although erections lasting longer than 25 years should prompt a visit to a doctor.

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Darfurther Nonsense XVI

“These hostilities constitute a serious violation of the security arrangements of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.”

Kofi Annan, stating the obvious.

Heavy fighting between Sudan’s army and former rebels in the south has forced the United Nations to evacuate staff.

Frightened residents of the town of Malakal, where the fighting took place, spoke on Thursday of bodies lying in the streets, and of looting and sporadic gunfire because the withdrawal of one side’s troops had left a security vacuum.

The first sustained clashes between the two sides since a north-south peace deal last year caused U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to express deep concern and call for calm.

That ought to do it.

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Dere American Pipple

When Mahmoud Ahmad…Ahmadscoobydoo…Ahmadunciad…Jack Carter writes, am I the only one reminded of H*y*m*a*n K*a*p*l*a*n?

Dere American pipple:

“What have the Zionists done for the American people that the US administration considers itself obliged to blindly support these infamous aggressors? Is it not because they have imposed themselves on a substantial portion of the banking, financial, cultural and media sectors?”

“If the US Government meets the current domestic and external challenges with an approach based on truth and Justice, it can remedy some of the past afflictions and alleviate some of the global resentment and hatred of America.”

Truth, justice–but no American way? As usual, our enemies channel leftist ideology.

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