UNITED NATIONS, June 29 -- United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan asked the United States this week to consider sending troops to Haiti to support a U.N. peacekeeping mission beset by mounting armed challenges to its authority, according to senior U.N. officials.They want the firepower to intimidate armed gangs threatening the country's fragile political transition? It's not that I have no concern for the turmoil in Haiti nor am I trying to trivialize events there but what makes that nation so special that it warrants intervention? Why Haiti and not Iraq? Surely the atrocities committed by the Butcher of Baghdad dwarf the crimes committed in that tiny country? But of course we already know the answers to these rhetorical questions. Can you say U-N-S-C-A-M?
Annan told Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in a meeting at U.N. headquarters Tuesday afternoon that he may have to ask for American "boots on the ground" in the coming months to reinforce more than 6,500 Brazilian, Chilean, Argentine and other peacekeeping forces serving in Haiti, the officials said.
He expressed hope that the United States would participate in a planned U.N. rapid reaction force, authorized by the Security Council earlier this month, that would have the firepower to intimidate armed gangs threatening the country's fragile political transition. Officials said that similar requests are being considered for other countries, including Canada and France. "We want scarier troops," one senior U.N. official said.
More UN Double Standards
This is too much. United Nations Grand Poobah Kofi Annan did nothing but hamper the efforts of the US and its allies in Iraq but he now expects the Americans to commit troops to Haiti.
By Len Kutchma on Saturday, July 02, 2005