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Your UN at work in the Balkans!

by Paul C / October 25, 2004 8:47 PM PDT

Let's see, now...the recent Afghan election featured heavy voter turnout, enthusiastic participation and virtually no disruptions. On the other hand, there are the UN's pathetic flailings in the Balkans:

Early results from the weekend's general election showed that five years of UN rule had only deepened ethnic divisions as Kosovo's voters signalled their despair with the Balkan province's administrators.

Barely more than half of Kosovo's 1.4 million voters went to the ballot box. While the province's majority ethnic Albanians were struck by apathy, its 130,000-strong Serb minority was seized by anger and completely boycotted the poll.

Only a handful of Serbs voted, following calls from Vojislav Kostunica, the Serbian Prime Minister, and the Serbian Orthodox Church to stay away. Mr Kostunica described the election as a "failure".

The level of absenteeism prompted Soren Jessen-Petersen, the UN governor in Kosovo, to protest that some Serbs had been intimidated into observing the boycott and had "had their democratic right to vote hijacked".

Let's be honest here: The UN can't find its backside with both hands, a map and a GPS receiver; so why on earth does John Kerry continue to insist that that hopelessly ineffective organization is the answer for Iraq?

Another question: Remember when Bill Clinton promised us that U.S. forces would only be needed in the Balkans for 12 - 18 months? Well, it's almost 10 years later, and we're still there, footing the bill for that operation - and 50 percent of the UN's piggy bank as well.

You folks who think that the UN's the answer, listen up: Can you honestly say that the Balkans, after all this time, wouldn't just revert to savagery and slaughter 5 minutes after the UN and NATO left? You can't, because you know it would. And you still think that we should meekly acceed to UN dictates? Give me a break!

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Just a side note
by Dragon / October 26, 2004 1:24 AM PDT

51.5151515151515151515151515151515% (according to my calculator) of the Americans who are elligible to register, voted in the last general election.


Im not sure how that squares with "Barely more than half of Kosovo's 1.4 million voters went to the ballot box," because I dont know how they define voters. Maybe those are registered voters? If thats the case, %62.1212121212121212121212121212121 of voters in the US voted in the 2000 general election.

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Re: Your UN at work in the Balkans!
by 1234567 / December 1, 2004 8:25 PM PST

I have to say that as someone who has UN background, I can only confirm your statement related to the work of UN in Balkans.
Final outcome is a catastrophy, and no final solution was offered.
But is it a surprise?
Well, take a look worldwide-UN is only failing.
My intention is to write a book one day on this, and it will not be a nice one.

Best regards,

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Re: Your UN at work in the Balkans!
by Paul C / December 1, 2004 9:08 PM PST

Welcome to Speakeasy!

Perhaps some time you could expand on youe experiences for our enlightenment. I suppose that the Oil For Food fiasco doesn't surprise you either?

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