TSUNAMI -- Delivering aid stymies UN

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  1. msr

    msr LE

    As news media are increasingly dominated by footage of US, Australian and regional military forces actually delivering aid to stricken survivors of the Boxing Day tsunami, UN officials are carping about housing in major cities far removed from the front lines and passing around elaborate business cards.

    http://www.nbr.co.nz/home/column_article.asp?id=11040&cid=5&cname=Asia+

    msr
     
  2. Elene

    If you're trying to make a point make it.

    Don't post stupid f***ing links that p*ss people off and block up their computers.
     
  3. I'd do a worm check as well if I were you.
     
  4. Can you delete the posts from the other two threads it was posted to?
     
  5. I am fully ready to be absolutely shocked if this news of more UN incompetence and ineptitude comes as a surprise to anyone on this site.

    Every single UN operation I have been a part of, or been witness to, has relied on the efforts of (comparatively) few servicemen and women from the usual TCC and the odd dedicated professional - and a host (literally thousands) of thoroughly corrupt UN workers, usually from 3rd World nations who use the UN as an excuse to steal and embezzle what they can from the UN's coffers.

    Incidentally, note how quick the UN was to retreat from its initial 'US not doing enough' strapline. I don't believe for a second that this is because the US contribute fully 1/3 of the UN's running costs and they support the cost of all the New York infrastructure to boot.

    For more UN 'shockers':

    http://209.157.64.200/focus/f-news/1307944/posts

    http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=40&ItemID=5368

    Anyone remember the absolute travesty of 'humanitarian assistance' perpetrated in Srebrenica...?
     
  6. ViroBono

    ViroBono LE Moderator

    It's not just the Third World UN workers on the fiddle. It's almost impossible to get sacked from the UN, and the perks of many jobs are excellent. There is an excellent book on the subject, the details of which I'll dig out later.

    I remember all the brand new UN Land Cruisers that were needed to tackle the rough terrain of Split, and every restaurant being full of Timberland Aid Workers. I met an ex-US Army Capt who had resigned in disgust at the way money was being wasted on luxury accommodation, expenses, and a huge admin empire whilst much of the work was just put on the back burner. There were a few good eggs, such as Larry Hollingsworth, but most of the UN people were pretty unimpressive.
     
  7. Has anyone told Clare Short what a useless bunch of barstards the UN are? Moral authority? My arrse!

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4136447.stm

    The more the Yanks ( and Aussies, Kiwis and Singaporeans) show the UN up for the corrupt and inept cocktail circuit that it is, the more I like it.
     
  8. Well Done the moderator for your very quick response to that twats stupid and worm ridden post. By the time I had tried to warn you of it you had dealt with it.

    As for the UN. The one body in the world that makes the Labour Party look honest, upright and full of people that know the meaning of the word integrity.
     
  9. The UN?
    If they can't get their act together, and demonstrate that they're doing eveything possible to alleviate this disaster, they might just as well pack it in and leave it to the core aid-providing nations.
    There are just too many proven instances of corruption, throughout the UN as a whole, for the main donor countries to continue their contributions without question...
    It was a nice idea while it lasted; now it's just sick-making!
     
  10. When I was on Grapple 4 I spoke to a couple of ex-Sgts from our mob. They were part of the UN Investigations Section (or whatever it was called)and on very good money. We asked about vacancies and they told us that whereas the section had mainly comprised of Yanks, Brits, Aussies, Kiwis and South Africans (spot the common thread?), there was now a ban on recruiting from these countries and a switch to more third world nations. The reason for this was that the original members were unearthing too much corruption and they wanted people who would turn a blind eye to it.
     
  11. Article on the myth of the UN's moral authority ( and competence) in today's Sunday Telegraph. A selection follows.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2005/01/09/do0904.xml&sSheet=/opinion/2005/01/09/ixop.html

     
  12. If you want to know what the UN is really getting up to on the ground, read this blog, written by a diplomat in one of the affected countries:

    http://diplomadic.blogspot.com

    The most recent post reads thusly:

     
  13. One of the most egregious things about the UN is that it goes over the top to be morally neutral (like Libya chairing the Human Rights commission). You could thus violently take over a small sub-saharan African country over the weekend, and be sitting in the UN making demands and getting taken seriously as a "World Leader" on the same basis as a democratically elected President from a European country, on the Monday morning.

    I therefore rather like the suggestion that the UN should be replaced by an organisation which permits only countries with properly democratically elected representative governments to be members.

    /still proudly wears his t-shirt which says "UNITED NATIONS: keeping third world dictators in caviar since 1945" :twisted:
     
  14. The United Nations. As top heavy in vacuous poseurs as Westminister and the Scottish Parliament.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?menuId=1588&menuItemId=-1&view=DISPLAYCONTENT&grid=P8&targetRule=0#head2
    :evil:
     
  15. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4167087.stm


    Indonesia tightens Aceh controls

    Good old Indonesia, don't let a disaster get in the way of normal business.

    Ethical Foreign policy anyone?