Aug 28 2007

There is no such thing as a UN soldier

Published by at 11:22 pm under Afghanistan,human rights,WorldView

Doublethink is alive and well around the world.

Canadians and Europeans surveyed in a recent poll strongly support sending United Nations peacekeepers to Iraq to oversee its democratic transition. 58 per cent of Canadians supported the idea (likely a lot less if they’d bothered surveying only the west coast, but whatever)- not exactly wholehearted support, but startling, given that our strained army has its hands full just keeping southern Afghanistan somewhat free of heroin-smuggling, RPG-toting jihadis… and Canadian politicians have thus far had the good sense to keep us the heck away from Baghdad.

The European’s much stronger support is even more eyebrow-raising, given that the UK is in the process of cutting its current troop levels in Iraq, the Italians got out long ago, and the French and Germans opposed armed intervention in Iraq from the get-go.

Just where do the people who took part in the survey think these UN peacekeepers are going to come from: China? Brazil? Cobra Island?

Pollsters, next time, try asking this question: do you support sending soldiers from your country to Iraq – knowing full well that by doing so, your soldiers will become the new priority target for every trigger-happy idiot with a Koran and an AK-74?

This poll is sooooo 2003.

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2 Responses to “There is no such thing as a UN soldier”

  1. on 29 Aug 2007 at 1:21 am

    It’s much the same with global warming isn’t it? everyone who is polled thinks it’s a good idea to combat greenhouse gas emissions in a proactive, aggressive way..but when asked if they would personally pay for such an effort, the answer is always a resounding’hell no!!..’

  2. on 29 Aug 2007 at 1:15 pm

    Ref: “There is no such thing as a UN soldier”. You hit the nail on the head with that one! I get the same feeling when they mention “Canadian Peacekeeper” or “a Peacekeeping Heritage” like it’s an actual profession, when in actual fact it’s just another duty (among many) that the CF is tasked to perform. I equate it to a city cop doing traffic detail; it’s just a part of the job of policing and the Police force shouldn’t be portrayed as a “A City of Traffic Keepers”. As well, soldiers are sent on UN Missions, not necessarily because they are the best at it, it’s that they can readily adapt to it, and offer different degrees of response if the shit hits the fan, like when a Chapter VI Mission morphs to Chapter VII Mission while you’re on the ground ala Somalia(Peacekeeper to Peacemaker). To quote Dag Hammarskjold (UN Secretary General ’53 – 61): “Peacekeeping is not a job for soldiers, but they are the only ones who can do it”. Barry

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