- The peacekeepers are coming! The peacekeepers are coming!
War, mass killing and destruction continue, but they're coming!
- In fact, paramilitaries are coming to kill and terrorize
Libyans wanting liberation, not occupation.
- A blind eye won't notice mass rapes and sex trafficking,
as well as other atrocities and crimes. They're commonplace, in fact, when
Blue Helmets show up, operating as they please with impunity. More on that
- Moreover, when they come they don't leave as long as
imperial powers want them there. Citizens of occupied countries have no
say nor any rights. Their choice is obey or else.
- Libya's corpse belongs to NATO. It's now Libya, Inc.
to be carved up for profit with paramilitaries deployed for enforcement.
- Under the UN Charter, the Security Council may act to
maintain international peace and security, including by deploying peacekeepers
host countries request.
- The UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations then enlists
member states to provide contingents once the Security Council approves.
- In place, they're supposed to restore order, monitor
the withdrawal of combatants, maintain peace and security, build confidence,
enforce power-sharing agreements, provide electoral support, aid reconstruction,
uphold the rule of law, facilitate economic and social development, help
provide essential needs, and remain in place until government officials
take over on their own.
- A previous article called them occupiers, serving power,
not popular interests in Haiti, South Lebanon, Rwanda, Kosovo, Bosnia,
DRC Congo, Sudan, Somalia, various other countries, and its initial UN
Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) since 1948.
- Like elsewhere, it, too, failed to bring peace to Palestine.
Yet it's still there, performing no active role. In fact, it opposes the
interests of the people they're sworn to protect.
- Since 1948, dozens of "peacekeeping" missions
did more harm than good. At present, 16 Blue Helmet operations are deployed
on four continents. They include:
- UNMISS in South Sudan, beginning on July 9, 2011 after
the country was balkanized as part of an imperial scheme to prevent African
unity, and exploit its resources - mainly oil;
- UNISFA in Sudan's Abysei region bordering the North and
South, beginning on June 27, 2011;
- MONUSCO in the Democratic Republic of Congo, replacing
an earlier MONUC operation on July 1, 2010;
- UNAMID in Darfur, beginning July 31, 2007;
- UNOCI in Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), beginning April
- UNMIL in Liberia, beginning September 19, 2003;
- MINURSO in Western Sahara since 1991;
- UNMIT in Timor-Leste since 2006;
- UNMOGIP Observer Group in India and Pakistan since 1949;
- UNAMA (special political) Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
since March 2011;
- UNFICYP in Cyprus since 1964;
- UNMIK in Kosovo since 1999;
- UNDOF in Golan since 1974;
- UNIFIL in Lebanon since 1978;
- UNTSO in Palestine since 1948; and
- MINUSTAH in Haiti since 2004 after US marines ousted
democratically elected Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
- From inception, it had no legitimacy. In fact, it was
the first time UN occupiers enforced coup d'etat authority against an elected
president, instead of staying out or backing his right to return.
- MINUSTAH, in fact, symbolizes the sham hypocrisy of all
Blue Helmet missions and why occupied people deplore them.
- UNIFIL in Lebanon never established peace and security.
It did little more than take up space or get out of the way when Israel
- UNMIK in Kosovo hid the grim reality of NATO terror bombing,
mass killing, destruction, and balkanization of Serbia.
- In fact, it collaborated with Kosovo Liberation Army
(KLA) thugs, its leader Hashim Thaci, and their connection to organized
crime. In January 2008, Thaci, in fact, became Kosovo's illegitimate prime
minister, a gangster running a rogue state.
- MONUSCO in Congo never brought peace and security. It
facilitated the plunder of Africa's most resource-rich country. It did
nothing to stop the immiseration of millions, nor was it deployed to do
- Credible reports, in fact, linked Blue Helmet forces
with mass rapes and other atrocities.
- The same ugly story repeats wherever Blue Helmets show
up. In December 2004, London Times reports suggested UN staffers committed
150 or more sex crimes, including selling pornographic videos and photos,
images of their handiwork.
- Congolese women and girls were raped. Congo's Minister
of Defense, Major General Jean Pierre Ondekane, said peacekeepers in Kisangani
would be remembered "for running after little girls," not doing
- Two or more UN officials left after impregnating local
women. In fact, sex trafficking, abuse and rape are commonplace wherever
Blue Helmets are deployed.
- They have power. Occupied people don't. Who'll stop them
no matter what they do. They take full advantage, terrorizing local people
- On November 5, 2009, the London Independent published
Bradley Klapper's AP report headlined, "Fifty UN peacekeepers punished
for sex abuses," saying:
- At least 50 were involved in "committing sexual
abuses (and exploitation) on United Nations missions since 2007, the UN
- On February 10, 2009, New York Times writer Neil MacFarquhar
headlined, "In Peacekeeping, a Muddling of the Mission," saying:
- Besides earlier failures, "the most noticeable (recent
ones include) the inability of troops in Congo and the Darfur region of
Sudan to stop the violence that is killing civilians."
- In Congo, for example, Blue Helmets near an area where
150 people were killed, "did not intervene," citing reasons without
- On September 7, 2011, MacFarquhar headlined, "Peacekeepers'
Sex Scandals Linger, On Screen and Off," saying:
- UN missions have a notorious history of "sex scandals
from Bosnia to the Democratic Republic of Congo to Haiti....forc(ing) the
United Nations to change the way it handles accusations of trafficking,
rape and related crimes."
- This week, in fact, hundreds of angry Haitians demanded
MINUSTAH forces leave after troops raped a teenage male.
- Human rights experts and others accuse the UN of coverup
and denial instead of strong disciplinary action against offenders.
- In January 2009, Save the Children reported Blue Helmet
abuses. They included trading food for sex with girls as young as eight
in Liberia. Similar practices are common in Burundi, Ivory Coast, East
Timor, DR Congo, Cambodia, and Bosnia. Various other reports cite sex with
young girls, rape and trafficking.
- On July 16, 2009, IPS writer Marina Litvinsky headlined,
"Rape by Regular Army a Growing Problem, HRW (Human Rights Watch)
- In DR Congo alone, "tens of thousands of women and
girls have suffered horrific acts of sexual violence at the hands of the
government army," according to a new report, titled "Soldiers
Who Rape, Commanders Who Condone: Sexual Violence and Military Reform in
the Democratic Republic of Congo."
- Little is done to stop it or hold culpable peacekeepers
accountable. As a result, Congolese women and girls are ravaged with impunity.
So are others most everywhere peacekeepers show up.
- As a result, people live in constant fear that forces
allegedly sent to help them will inflict harm.
- In September 2009, Kathleen M. Jennings and Vesna Nikolic-Rstanovic
prepared the MICROCON (Micro Level Analysis of Violent Conflict) Research
Working Paper 17, titled, "UN Peacekeeping Economies and Local Sex
Industries: Connections and Implications."
- Examining Blue Helmet missions in Bosnia, Kosovo, Liberia,
and Haiti, the paper examined "the interplay between the peacekeeping
economy and the sex industry, including domestic sex work, trafficking
for sexual exploitation, and sex tourism."
- Despite UN "zero tolerance," officials haven't
stopped decades of serious abuses. According to MICROCON:
- It "suggests that the existence and potential long-term
perpetuation of a highly gendered peacekeeping economy threatens to undermine,
if not actively contradict, the goals and objectives to gender roles and
relations that are generally an implicit or explicit component of most
contemporary peace operations."
- In fact, sex trafficking and exploitation is wide-ranging,
including slavery and prostitution. The UN calls it "transactional
sex," involving peacekeepers.
- In countries like Bosnia and Kosovo, "domestic sex
work and sex trafficking have become a seemingly permanent part of the"
economy. Their peacekeeping missions affect both supply and demand. They
"effectively creat(e) avenues (for) trafficking of women for sexual
exploitation into/through these areas."
- Organized crime also gets involved. The prevalence of
rape and sex slavery increases. Women and young girls are brutally exploited,
and "documented cases of UN soldiers (show) that, far from helping
the victims," they become clients or otherwise are implicated in the
- Former prisoners said they saw girls forced into UN vehicles
and driven away. International military and civilian personnel are directly
involved in the sex industry, including trafficking.
- A 2002 Turin Conference on Trafficking, Slavery and Peacekeeping
report said "peacekeepers are often part of the problem." Connected
to organized crime, it's well known that human trafficking provides "an
important revenue source."
- UN "zero tolerance" is more rhetoric than policy.
Wherever they're deployed, peacekeepers serve power, not populations they're
mandated to protect.
- Libya Soon to Be Occupied
- Libyans will now experience what other UN occupied countries
fear. They already live through daily hell as war rages. Insurgents are
murdering anyone thought to be pro-Gaddafi. Black African guest workers
are especially vulnerable.
- On September 15, Assistant Secretary of State for European
Affairs, Philip Gordon, gloated about another imperial trophy, saying:
- The Libya operation is "in many ways a model on
how the United States can lead the way that allows allows allies to support."
- "What is new about Libya is the approach that the
United States would do an initial phase that only the United States could
do, and then that Europeans were playing a leading role in certain aspects."
- In fact, Pentagon commanders are fully in charge. US
forces continue playing a leading role without publicly "taking center
stage." In all wars involving America, it leads, never follows, or
plays back seat to any other nation.
- No matter who's out in front publicly, Washington's fully
in charge. It didn't matter that Cameron and Sarkozy showed up in Tripoli
yesterday, not Obama. He did his gloating at home.
- The British and French leaders did theirs at a press
conference with National Transitional Council (NTC) puppet head Mustafa
Jabril, a figurehead stooge for Washington.
- Given continuing violence in the capital, they didn't
stay long. Heavy security also accompanied their arrival and departure.
NTC officials said they'll stay in Benghazi until NATO's campaign ends.
- However, it may not be over when it's over. Divisions
in the ranks of victors are emerging. Islamist leaders openly criticize
Jabril. AP reported that Tripoli military council spokesman Anes Sharif
called for his resignation, saying:
- "He's been living for the last six months outside
the country. He is appointing people depending on their loyalty to him,
not depending on their worth and their activities in the revolution. We
think he's a project for a new dictator."
- Muslim cleric Ali al-Sallabi made similar comments. So
have others. On August 30, New York Times writers David Kirkpatrick and
Rod Norland headlined, "Tripoli Divided as Rebels Jostle to Fill Power
- "There are growing hints of rivalry among the various
brigades over who deserves credit for 'liberating' the city and the influence
it might bring."
- Open divisions within rebel leadership ranks emerged,
"but also between secularists and Islamists."
- Internal power struggles "illustrate the challenge
a new provisional government will face in trying to unify Libya's fractious
- Given considerable tribal influence, greater fissures
may emerge for something much different than what Washington has in mind,
and for sure ordinary Libyans who yearn for former peace and stability
- Moreover, Islamists and secularists have conflicting
visions of a new Libya. Abdel Hakim Belhaj, a former Libyan Islamic Fighting
Group (LIFG) Al Qaeda leader/now CIA asset heading rebel forces in Tripoli,
openly criticized Jabril. A close aid said he'll "be gone soon."
- Ali Sallabi, Etilaf head, an Islamist umbrella group,
called for his resignation, accusing him and other NTC officials of planned
profiteering and "a new era of tyranny and dictatorship."
- On September 14, Times writers Kirkpatrick and Norland
headlined, "Islamists Growing Sway Raises Questions for Libya,"
- At issue is "the ultimate character of the government
and society that will rise in place of (Gaddafi)."
- Likely conflict-producing power struggles may prove more
troublesome than whether secularists or Islamists prevail. In various countries,
Washington has allies in both camps. At issue only is if they're client
or independent states. Gaddafi's "sin" was the latter.
- Whoever finally takes charge, protracted conflict will
continue after NATO declares victory and stops bombing.
- So far it continues unabated. According to Cameron, "We
must keep up with the NATO mission until civilians are all protected and
this work is finished."
- Given the massive death and injury toll, there may not
be many left or a Libya fit to live in when terror bombing and rebel rampaging
- Nonetheless, Sarkozy said, "We have done what we
did because we thought it was the right thing to do."
- They committed grievous crimes of war and against humanity.
It's ongoing serial killing on an industrial scale.
- It won't stop across the region soon. According to General
Carter Ham, AFRICOM commander, new campaigns ahead are planned to control
all Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.
- As a result, expect NATO's killing machine to select
new countries to destroy as part of its "responsibility to protect
- In fact, it's to colonize and exploit the entire area,
carving it up for profit.
- Like Afghans and Iraqis, Libyans know what happens when
NATO shows up. At least, those still alive can explain it.
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