Time for the semi-annual “UN peacekeepers raping kids” post

posted at 2:44 am on November 30, 2006 by Allahpundit

The last time we covered UN sex scandals at HA was, I believe, in a Vent six months ago, which means it’s just about time for the next time go round. And sure enough, here it is, right on cue via the Beeb. There hasn’t been much actual news on this front since March ’05, when WaPo reported allegations of sex abuse in Haiti and Liberia and drew this bold promise from one senior UN official:

“The blue helmet has become black and blue through self-inflicted wounds,” Jane Holl Lute, a senior U.N. peacekeeping official who heads a U.N. task force on sexual exploitation, told a congressional committee investigating allegations that U.N. personnel participated in rape, prostitution and pedophilia in Congo. “We will not sit still until the luster of that blue helmet is restored.”

Flash-forward a year and a half, and where are the new allegations coming from? Why, Haiti and Liberia. Fortunately, one senior UN official was available to comment:

“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.”

Mark your calendars for summer ’08, when shocking new UN sex scandal allegations from Haiti and Liberia splash page A1 C29 of the New York Times. “We resolve to do better,” a determined Jane Holl Lute will tell the paper.

In one sense, this is a dumb gotcha. There are bad apples in every military force, including our own. The travesty here isn’t that the UN is failing to prevent every crime before it’s occurred, it’s that the suspects are free to act with near-impunity. From the BBC article:

Under UN regulations, military personnel cannot be prosecuted in the country where they are serving, and it is up to the courts in their home countries to prosecute crimes committed.

The UN said it had firm knowledge of only two concrete examples of sex offenders being sent to jail, although it believed there could be others it did not know about.

Why have only two sex offenders been sent to jail? Because much of the rest of the world is more nuanced than we:

Sexual abuse scandals have shadowed the United Nations since the early 1990s, when U.N. peacekeepers in Cambodia were charged with sexually abusing girls. At the time, the U.N.’s top official in Cambodia, Yasushi Akashi, played down the gravity of the allegations, saying, “Boys will be boys.”

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Don’t you DARE question Kofi’s troops! He cares more for Africa than you ever will! After all, he’s from Africa, and if anyone cares about his people, it should be an African!

…uh

Black Adam on November 30, 2006 at 2:53 AM

They are U.N. The government of all government. I believe that they have the right to molest anybody, even you: allah.

“Boys will be boys.”

I can’t believe my ears.

Ouabam on November 30, 2006 at 2:58 AM

Don’t you DARE question Kofi’s troops! He cares more for Africa than you ever will! After all, he’s from Africa, and if anyone cares about his people, it should be an African!

He is a disgrace to Africa. They wake up every morning to talk about Israel, instead of Sudan.

Ouabam on November 30, 2006 at 3:00 AM

Seems like it comes earlier every year.

Alex K on November 30, 2006 at 3:44 AM

The Haiti thing is old news for me. I have a few Haitian neighbors with family back on the island. They tell these stories about UN abuses all the time.

Purple Avenger on November 30, 2006 at 4:05 AM

One more strike against the U.N. How many do they get? Isn’t this Strike Five? Oh well, I guess you can’t expect everyone to understand the rules of baseball (or basic humanity). The United States stands condemned in the worldwide press, yet where is the outrage about this abomination? Inquiring minds want to know.

hillbillyjim on November 30, 2006 at 4:44 AM

How dare you question to the armed forces of the secular socialist progressives without making fun of their baby blue helmets.

Buzzy on November 30, 2006 at 5:01 AM

Where can I get me one of them blue helmets? I live in San Francisco, and all around me would certainly understand!

laelaps on November 30, 2006 at 5:13 AM

It’s the Borat time to rule, yes? Wear a blue helmet, get to rape. It’s nice! I like!

laelaps on November 30, 2006 at 5:16 AM

At the time, the U.N.’s top official in Cambodia, Yasushi Akashi, played down the gravity of the allegations, saying, “Boys will be boys.”

Imagine the furious sh*tstorm that would be hurled down upon a commander of our troops if he’d made a similar statement about a similar situation.

NOW and other feminist groups would be calling for his head. The NYT and other papers would “flood the zone” with calls for his resignation and congressional hearings into what went wrong.

With the UN? Not so much.

Sean M. on November 30, 2006 at 5:52 AM

He is a disgrace to Africa. They wake up every morning to talk about Israel, instead of Sudan.

Ouabam on November 30, 2006 at 3:00 AM

For the record, I was being sarcastic.

Black Adam on November 30, 2006 at 7:07 AM

AP, this is way beyond the “few bad apples” of every military force. The UN, as we know, is worthless. The one thing they still attempt to claim they’re good at, is humanitarian relief. The problem is, there are allegations of massive sex scandals everywhere they leave their footprints. Sex with VERY young girls, trading sex for food, etc. And yes, they are refusing to punish. This organization is and has been a disgrace.

I posted a round-up on the UN’s Worldwide Rape in May. IT goes beyond Liberia and Haiti, to Congo among others. My lengthy post is here. I even had a commenter claim to be a former UN volunteer who’s contract was cancelled when she tried to complain about one of her fellow volunteers being raped by a higher up. She agreed that the UN needs to be disolved and replaced with a body that holds itself accountable.

But it wasn’t just a few isolated incidents. It was THOUSANDS of little girls. They’ve been raping, impregnating, and filming sex with children around the globe for a long time. I’m having trouble running across it at the moment, but I’m quite sure these issues were also problems in Bosnia, etc.

RightWinged on November 30, 2006 at 7:09 AM

Allah, Don’t forget this all-time classic:

http://www.littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=15200

eagles5 on November 30, 2006 at 7:47 AM

The travesty here isn’t that the UN is failing to prevent every crime before it’s occurred, it’s that the suspects are free to act with near-impunity.

AP, another travesty would be that if American troops were acting with this much regularity it would be plastered all over the news. And any politician announcing that ‘boys wull be boys’ would be run out of office.

JasonG on November 30, 2006 at 7:59 AM

I made mention of this on another thread here;
We pay over 20% of the annual budget for an institition that votes AGAINST us 80% of the time, and they are acccountable to no one!
The demoncrats are ready to stop the best US Ambassador to this Anti-American organization (John Bolton) we’ve had in a long time.
These rapes and various other abuses are being funded, in part, by OUR TAX DOLLARS! With an 8+ TRILLION national debt, why do we send these Cretans 10 cents?
WE NEED TO STOP WHINING AND “REDEPLOY” THE UN OUT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

mountainmanbob on November 30, 2006 at 8:22 AM

AP, another travesty would be that if American troops were acting with this much regularity it would be plastered all over the news. And any politician announcing that ‘boys wull be boys’ would be run out of office.

JasonG on November 30, 2006 at 7:59 AM

Excellent point JasonG, I meant to get back to that, but got off track thinking about what a POS the UN is.

Seriously, even though the worldwide UN continued sex scandal has been called “the UN’s Abu Ghraib”, it is FAR WORSE THAN ABU GHRAIB. Let’s see, naked terrorists in a pyramid while a redneck girl points at them and THOUSANDS of little girls being raped, impregnated, and filmed by the UN ALL OVER THE WORLD. Yeah, those are the same.

Quick, someone put in a FOIA request for the rest of the Abu Ghraib photos, and NY Times, it’s time to get back on the 65 Abu Ghraib stories in 70 days run again (or whatever it was). Move, move, move! We can’t let the public outrage fall where it truly should.

RightWinged on November 30, 2006 at 8:24 AM

Now we know why the UN is insisting on abortion being a woman’s child’s right in all of these countries.

jman on November 30, 2006 at 8:48 AM

Has anyone noticed the “Save Dafur” ads they are running? Before they were running the campaign to “Tell President Bush to stop what was happening in Dafur?” Now they have a group of people explaining how “girls are getting raped and know one is listening?” Yeah, let’s send it the UN Peacekeepers. /sarc

Plus you have the fact that Americans give more money than anyone else in the entire world to other countries crisis, yet they still declare death to America!

Sorry, bitterness doesn’t smell so great in the morning.

kiakjones on November 30, 2006 at 8:55 AM

We’ve had a problem probably since the inception of peacekeeping

Inception, conception, rape…WHATEVER!

WriterMom on November 30, 2006 at 9:43 AM

“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.

The problem is exacerbated due to a chapter of UN peacekeeping protocol requiring disarmament of the locals.

Amendment II

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

It will be an interesting day should a blue helmet ever set foot on American soil.

AZ_Redneck on November 30, 2006 at 10:31 AM

Don’t you DARE question Kofi’s troops! He cares more for Africa than you ever will! After all, he’s from Africa, and if anyone cares about his people, it should be an African!

Your absolutely right! – just ask Rwanda!

We need to get out of the UN and get the UN out of the US.

CrazyFool on November 30, 2006 at 10:36 AM

military personnel cannot be prosecuted in the country where they are serving, and it is up to the courts in their home countries to prosecute crimes committed.

I thought that the U.N. wanted to utilize an INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL to try these types of crimes. Or was that just to try U.S. Soldiers?

Troy Rasmussen on November 30, 2006 at 10:38 AM

Mark you calendars, ladies. UN Rape Freedom Day comes on December 1st this year.

a4g on November 30, 2006 at 10:41 AM

Is this why Bill Clinton wants to be Sec. Gen. of the UN?

PinkyBigglesworth on November 30, 2006 at 11:20 AM

Mark your calendars for summer ‘08, when shocking new UN sex scandal allegations from Haiti and Liberia splash page A1 C29 of the New York Times.

This sort of allegation that our National News Media would attempt to sweep something like this under the rug is outrageous! I call upon Allahpundit to apologize at once for his slanderous and unfair characterization of the U.S. media as being willing to minimize or disregard allegations of sexual abuse of this sort.

I know for a fact that our MSM is relentless in searching out and exposing wrong-doing by military forces who abuse the public trust. Just look at the response of the MSM to the abuses in Abu Ghraib! Lyddie England and her boyfriend Charles Graner were on the front page of almost every paper in America! For abusing grown up Iraqis who were accused of being insurgents! Surely the actual rape of innocent children would attract the same level of attention, right?

Let’s just look at the Washington Post Article Allahpundit linked to. I’m sure it is on the front page, above the fold, right?

U.N. FACES MORE ACCUSATIONS OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
Officials Acknowledge ‘Swamp’ of Problems and Pledge Fixes Amid New Allegations in Africa, Haiti

By Colum Lynch
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 13, 2005; Page A22

Ooops. Never mind.

EFG on November 30, 2006 at 12:29 PM

I wish I could get clarification of the age distribution of these “children” without having to make the doings of “U.N. peacekeepers” an object of my close attention. To the extent we’re talking about genuine children who haven’t completed puberty, it seems we can expect largely to hold the line against their being drawn into sexual relations. On the other hand, if most of the “children” at issue are physically mature, it seems the best one can do is keep the sexes apart and, other than that, minimize rape and organized prostitution. In these matters, I’d be embarrassed to try to maintain the obvious falsehood that 14- to 17-year-olds are children nearly indistinguishable from 8- or 9-year-olds.

Kralizec on November 30, 2006 at 7:11 PM