LOUIS ABELMAN

Policing Policemen

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The U.N. Security Council has gotten around to addressing the criminal misconduct of peacekeepers in the Congo (Reuters) . I’d say it’s likely that, as reported in the Guardian, more stories will be coming out as the green light is given to member countries to bring forth their guilty. It took too long, but at least they’ve admitted their mistakes. Recall that peacekeepers are composed of military contingents from member states, not a constant central U.N. force, and that responsibility for troops’ actions lies with national commanders.

I’d like to see the U.S. executive take such a salutary approach–i.e., admitting to wrongs and working to correct them– to the practice of deadly interrogation and detention techniques, taking the lead of the U.S. military and Amnesty International. After all, Congress spent $70 million investigating Whitewater, more than 9/11 Intelligence, Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo combined.

I can hear the grinding of Cheney’s snaggleteeth.

Written by louis

June 1st, 2005 at 4:18 pm

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