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  • International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

    The "International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers", May 29, is "a day to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in United Nations peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication, and courage and to honor the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intern...s_Peacekeepers

    The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers:

    “Today, we salute United Nations peacekeepers, past and present, who have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of peace, safety, and freedom for others. They have greatly sacrificed to provide hope and security for the most vulnerable persons around the globe.

    “Peacekeeping has a deep connection to Canadian values and leadership. The first UN peacekeeping mission came about in large part due to the efforts of Lester B. Pearson, our fourteenth Prime Minister, and the leadership of UN Forces Commander E.L.M. “Tommy” Burns. Together, their actions during the Suez Crisis of 1956 marked the beginning of Canada’s identity as a peacekeeping country.

    “Since then, UN peace operations have evolved from separating belligerents and monitoring cease fires to protecting vulnerable populations and working to establish the conditions for durable peace. As conflicts have grown in intensity and complexity, so too have the risks for UN peacekeepers who put their lives on the line for the safety of others.

    “On behalf of all Canadians, I commend UN peacekeepers for their selfless work and tremendous contributions to the advancement of global peace and human rights. We will continue working with the UN to promote peace and the resolution of serious conflicts around the world.”


    http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2016/05...s-peacekeepers


    From:
    http://www.warplane.com/vintage-airc...?aircraftId=12



    De Havilland Canada designed the DHC-5 Buffalo as a more sophisticated version of the DHC-4 Caribou STOL military transport, starting in 1961. In March 1963, the US Army awarded de Havilland a contract for four aircraft (CV-7A), each capable of lifting a payload of 12,000 lbs. Development proceeded quickly and the first DHC-5 flew from Downsview in December 1964. By September 1965, the four Buffaloes had been delivered to the US Army, but were the only ones supplied because of a policy change within the US military.

    The Canadian Department of Defence ordered fifteen DHC-5s in December 1964. These aircraft, designated as CC-115s by the RCAF, had up rated engines, but were otherwise similar to the US CV-7As. The first Buffaloes entered RCAF service in Montreal in 1967 and were used for paratroop training, supply dropping and tactical tasks. Later they moved to other bases, where much of the fleet was assigned to search and rescue duties.

    Between 1975 and 1979, Buffaloes of No. 116 ATU were deployed to the Middle East in support of UN peace keeping missions. Flying under UN colours, the aircraft flew regularly between Cairo, Beirut and Damascus. On August 9, 1974 when flying over Syria, a CAF Buffalo was shot down with the loss of all nine crew – the largest loss of Canadian lives on a UN mission.

    Several CC-115s remain in Canadian Forces service today as search and rescue aircraft, with No. 442 Squadron at Comox, BC. The Buffalo’s ability to operate from small rough air strips, allowing evacuation of ill or wounded personnel, is greatly prized.

    A total of 126 DHC-5 Buffaloes were built by de Havilland Canada from 1965 to 1986.

    The Museum’s de Havilland DHC-5 Buffalo was completed at Downsview, Ontario in May 1978 and was one of four aircraft built for the Sudanese Air Force. The Museum received the airframe from DAC International in January 2003. The aircraft has been restored as Canadian Armed Forces DHC-5, #115461. “461” was flying under United Nations colours in the Middle East on August 9, 1974, when it was shot down over Syria killing all nine Canadian servicemen on board. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's Buffalo was dedicated in August 2009 to the thousands of Canadian military personnel who have served as UN Peace Keepers.
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  • #2
    "United Nations Peacekeepers" - the ultimate world-wide oxymoron.
    Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
      "United Nations Peacekeepers" - the ultimate world-wide oxymoron.
      Not really - the problem is before you can have peace keepers you need peace which may require peace makers - no one seems very good or willing at that role. But anyone who is willing to try to keep the peace at the risk of their own hide I'd take my hat off to rather than making silly comments. people die in that role.
      Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
      Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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      • #4
        Predatory Peacekeepers – UN Soldiers Are Committing Widespread Child Rape

        By Claire L. Heuchan | 9:20 am, May 31, 2016
        UN Peacekeepers have been raping children in the Central African Republic.

        MINUSCA, the mission resulting in nearly a hundred allegations of child sexual abuse, gave soldiers the mandate “to protect civilians and support transition processes” following the devastation of war.

        MORE: All Today’s Breaking Stories

        Instead, numerous Blue Helmets have used their position as an opportunity to engage in acts of rape and paedophilia. This abuse of power is no secret: it first emerged over a year ago. In fact, it is so widespread that the United Nations was subject to an independent report “on the Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by International Peace Keeping Forces.”
        ...
        http://heatst.com/uk/predatory-peace...ad-child-rape/

        I realize the article/link source may be questionable, so here's the link to the report cited in the excerpt above;
        http://www.un.org/News/dh/infocus/ce...iew-Report.pdf
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        • #5
          I'm surprised that there is no UN invasion conspiracy theories on this thread yet.

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          • #6
            Lots of Irish troops have served with the UN over the years.
            "The thing about quotes on the internet is that you cannot confirm their
            validity." - Abraham Lincoln.
            "Nothing's going to change while one side it lying about the cause and the other is lying about the solution" - Me

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            • #7
              I would be more impressed if UN Peacekeepers actually kept the peace.

              Rwanda serves as a prime example: the peacekeepers sat around doing nothing; even a few getting killed by the locals. Then they left.

              The individual troops are not to blame, but the leadership that sent them there without the ability to accomplish anything meaningful.

              It is yet another example of image over substance. That is the UN's only real role: to look like someone cares.
              Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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              • #8
                The Dutch didn't exactly cover themselves in glory during the Sebrenica episode I recall.
                "To be free is better than to be unfree - always."

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Surrey View Post
                  The Dutch didn't exactly cover themselves in glory during the Sebrenica episode I recall.
                  Yet some Americans thought they would be overrunning most of the USA in that era.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Surrey View Post
                    The Dutch didn't exactly cover themselves in glory during the Sebrenica episode I recall.
                    Poor rules of engagement and no clear mission, IIRC. The same sad song of UN operations.
                    Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Arnold J Rimmer View Post
                      Poor rules of engagement and no clear mission, IIRC. The same sad song of UN operations.
                      There was a bit more to it than that.
                      Peace Keepers allowing themselves to be used as hostages to facilitate a massacre if I recall.
                      "The thing about quotes on the internet is that you cannot confirm their
                      validity." - Abraham Lincoln.
                      "Nothing's going to change while one side it lying about the cause and the other is lying about the solution" - Me

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Arnold J Rimmer View Post
                        I would be more impressed if UN Peacekeepers actually kept the peace.

                        Rwanda serves as a prime example: the peacekeepers sat around doing nothing; even a few getting killed by the locals. Then they left.

                        The individual troops are not to blame, but the leadership that sent them there without the ability to accomplish anything meaningful.

                        It is yet another example of image over substance. That is the UN's only real role: to look like someone cares.
                        The UN is only as strong as the countries who are in it, specifically the post World War Two victors at the top table. Members of the security council playing politics was the main issue; France supporting the genocidal government because the Tutsi army trying to stop the genocide was backed by Uganda and were mainly English speaking and would undermine part of the French speaking sphere in West Africa which the French regarded as theirs, America crapping themselves after their screw-up in Somalia, Russia being a basket case at the time, the UK being America's lap dog and China caring nothing about the genocide but only interested in what side best served their economic interests.
                        Everybody ignoring the Genocide Convention they had signed up to with "acts of Genocide" being as far as Madeleine Albright and the Clinton administration got.. No, it's way to easy to blame the UN. The problem is the countries who sit on the Security Council and their abuse of their position to further their own interests.

                        Look at the people in charge during 1994; The head of the Department of Peacekeeping Operation, Kofi Annan who should have faced trial for his active hindrance of the UNAMIR mission in Rwanda but instead he got a promotion.

                        The man he replaced as General secretary was Boutros Boutros Ghali, a man accused of brokering an illegal arms deal between Egypt and Rwanda in 1990, 4 years before he was the UN Secretary General who watched over the Genocide.

                        S**T in, S**T out.

                        Don't wreck and undermine an organisation and then criticize it because it's wrecked and undermined.
                        Last edited by E.D. Morel; 02 Jun 16, 06:01.
                        "The thing about quotes on the internet is that you cannot confirm their
                        validity." - Abraham Lincoln.
                        "Nothing's going to change while one side it lying about the cause and the other is lying about the solution" - Me

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by E.D. Morel View Post
                          The UN is only as strong as the countries who are in it, specifically the post World War Two victors at the top table. Members of the security council playing politics was the main issue; France supporting the genocidal government because the Tutsi army trying to stop the genocide was backed by Uganda and were mainly English speaking and would undermine part of the French speaking sphere in West Africa which the French regarded as theirs, America crapping themselves after their screw-up in Somalia, Russia being a basket case at the time, the UK being America's lap dog and China caring nothing about the genocide but only interested in what side best served their economic interests.
                          Everybody ignoring the Genocide Convention they had signed up to with "acts of Genocide" being as far as Madeleine Albright and the Clinton administration got.. No, it's way to easy to blame the UN. The problem is the countries who sit on the Security Council and their abuse of their position to further their own interests.

                          Look at the people in charge during 1994; The head of the Department of Peacekeeping Operation, Kofi Annan who should have faced trial for his active hindrance of the UNAMIR mission in Rwanda but instead he got a promotion.

                          The man he replaced as General secretary was Boutros Boutros Ghali, a man accused of brokering an illegal arms deal between Egypt and Rwanda in 1990, 4 years before he was the UN Secretary General who watched over the Genocide.

                          S**T in, S**T out.

                          Don't wreck and undermine an organisation and then criticize to because it's wrecked and undermined.
                          IMO, the UN is viewed by the First World (to include the USA) as a vehicle to maintain the semblance of world unity without actively hindering any of the major powers.

                          It serves as a symbol, nothing more. It does not seem to be held in any esteem by US politicians.
                          Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by E.D. Morel View Post



                            Don't wreck and undermine an organisation and then criticize to because it's wrecked and undermined.
                            Seriously? We should praise them instead? America pays most of the bills, remember?

                            We've earned the right to criticize a useless and ineffective bunch like the UN.

                            BTW...how is the UN coming along against ISIL? Just going to sit this one out?
                            Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
                              Seriously? We should praise them instead? America pays most of the bills, remember?

                              We've earned the right to criticize a useless and ineffective bunch like the UN.

                              That's rich considering that the UN was essentially a creation of the USA's during WW2

                              The league of Nations was a US invention by Wilson that didn't work because the US took an exceptionalist approach to it and the UN was a US invention by Roosevelt that didn't work because the US took an exceptionalist approach to it
                              Last edited by MarkV; 01 Jun 16, 14:23.
                              Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
                              Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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