Thursday, December 09, 2004

Where the Streets Have No Name

The BBC's Mark Doyle has filed another report from the Congo, claiming that over 1,000 people are dying a day (statistical analysis rather than actual tallies, but still...) from the humanitarian crisis caused by ongoing war and conflict in the region. One quote catches the eye... "[The International Rescue Committee said] what was needed was highly trained and well-resourced troops who could prevent arms flows and protect vulnerable civilians." It's a major problem with UN peacekeeping - the troops often tend to be from poorly trained and indisciplined armies of other third world nations but these seem to be the only troops available. What the hell do most western countries need standing armies for? Their only realistic role in this day and age is humanitarian intervention in the world's troublespots and that's what they should be doing.
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