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So it's a question of which explanation for the police backlash against OWS you prefer- (A) a complex mixture of free-floating cultural antipathy towards leftist activism / staunchly conservative siege mentality within all levels of law enforcement / self-critical, hothouse flower Centrism in the Jon Stewart mold / corporate control of 24-hour newsmedia / widespread conservative and libertarian support for the cavalier finance sector / citizen apathy, in other words, a vast structural problem, or (B) a Star Chamber Conspiracy within the government controlling everything from the shadows and acting in their own personal monetary interest over ideological, cultural or political concerns, in other words, the same people who staged 9/11.
11 years ago @ Wonkette - Obama Starting New War... · 0 replies · +2 points
In all seriousness, the bulk of peacekeeping troops in Africa are going to be from the African Union, mostly from Ethiopia in all likelihood, and will be poorly trained and equipped. If it's under the UN mandate they will be, as Barry says, restricted from engaging in any sort of armed conflict not pertaining to keeping themselves alive. UN troops are, like the Red Cross, "neutral" and their mere physical presence is supposed to prevent conflict. Go ahead and ask Roméo Dallaire how well that works.
The UN is the EPA of international politics - saddled with enormous responsibility and given no resources or faith to uphold it. Its "peacekeeping" forces* exist entirely as an ineffectual scapegoat upon which rich Western countries can heap awful shitstorms like this, so that they don't have to take any responsibility for "human rights" themselves. The victims of these civil wars have no champions, least of all in the UN.
* Speaking of which, where do you suppose these "peacekeeping forces" come from? As this comment section handily illustrates, Western countries suffer from acute NIMBY-ism. Hence the shunting onto miserably underqualified regional bodies and a handful of commandos charitably donated by the more socialist-leaning western European countries.
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