- 19-06-2012, 08:19 #1
Gutless UN in Syria pullout
Britain and France may call for ending the United Nations observer mission in Syria if the unarmed monitors continue to come under fire and canít carry out their mandate, UN diplomats said.
The countries are waiting for Major General Robert Mood, the Norwegian officer commanding the UN Supervision Mission in Syria, to brief the Security Council this afternoon before deciding whether the mission has a future, according to two diplomats from Security Council member states who asked not to be named for reasons of diplomatic protocol.
UN's Syria Monitors May Face Pullout as Effort Stalls - Businessweek
Unless the UN can use reasonable force in situations, there is little point in sending them in with hands tied by "diplomatic protocol".
Also, anyone who can't find a beret to fit his head is not suitable for command IMO.
No one here gets out alive!
- 19-06-2012, 09:21 #2
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- 19-06-2012, 09:29 #4
What point is there in them being in country other than to serve as targets for whichever group they get in the way of?HMS Queen Elizabeth. Fitted for but not with airyplanes.
- 19-06-2012, 09:33 #5
Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2"Quod suus eam. Nimium diu te stantem in modum populi. Ego pagani collegium."
- 19-06-2012, 10:08 #6
- 19-06-2012, 10:14 #7
UN is a jokeI get enough sex, life fucks me everyday.
- 19-06-2012, 10:22 #8
Do we have any personnel out there?RAC(TA) - 2006-2009
Royal Navy - 2009 +
Sir Walter Raleigh declared in the early 17th century that "whoever commands the sea, commands the trade; whosoever commands the trade of the world commands the riches of the world, and consequently the world itself." This principle is as true today as when uttered, and its effect will continue as long as ships traverse the seas."
- 19-06-2012, 10:24 #9
- 19-06-2012, 10:50 #10
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Gutless? What do you expect them to do exactly? I think the fact that the observers have tried to get into areas that are either being shelled or about to be shelled is pretty commendable. They've done the best they can with what they have to hand even though the task they've been set is more or less totally pointless. The only thing their deployment there has achieved is that they've been able to act as an outside entity that can give an accurate account of how many people Assad's forces/ the shabiha have actually killed.
On top of that not only have they been shot at by the security forces they've also been put directly in harm's way by the FSA who have worked out that if a UN observer gets killed it'll do a lot for their cause in the eyes of the West. I read a bit the other day about an observer who had been told by rebels to walk down a road (one that they weren't about to go down themselves) because they knew anyone going down there was likely to be hit by indiscriminate fire by government troops. So the UN's bods are now in a situation where both sides are trying to use them to their advantage which can be done by either lying to them or ensuring that the opposite side kills them and looks bad as a result.
And anyway...what do you want them to do? They're unarmed. Do you expect them to catch artillery shells or lead a valiant charge at the Syrian army waving a notepad and a pair of binos?
Get a grip.I loved the training. All we had to do was bayonet sacks full of straw. Even I could do that. I remember saying to my mum...."These sacks'll be easy to outwit in a battle situation"