Didier Bourguet, a UN staffer in Congo and the Central African Republic, enjoyed the pleasures of 12-year-old girls, and as a result is now on trial in France. His lawyer has said he was part of a UN pedophile network operating from Africa to southeast Asia. But has anyone read anything about that? The merest glimpse of a U.S. servicewoman leading an Abu Ghraib inmate around with girlie knickers on his head was enough to prompt calls for Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation, and for Ted Kennedy to charge that Saddam’s torture chambers were now open “under new management.” But systemic UN child sex in at least 50 percent of their missions? The transnational morality set can barely stifle their yawns. If you’re going to sexually assault prepubescent girls, make sure you’re wearing a blue helmet.
And at least the Pentagon put a stop to Abu Ghraib. As a British UN official in the Congo told my newspaper in London: “The crux of the problem is that if the UN gets bolshie”—that’s Britspeak for complaining aggressively—“with these governments then they stop providing the UN with troops and staff.” That’s the system in a nutshell: when a British bigwig is with British forces, he’ll enforce British standards; when a British official is holed up with an impeccably “multilateral” force of Uruguayans, Tunisians, etc., he’s more circumspect. When in Rome, do as the Visigoths do. In Congo, the UN had to forbid all contact between its predatory forces and the natives. The rest of the world should be so lucky.
I'm not going to say the disgusting Sexual Abuses that have infected multiple UN Missions are part and parcle of whats going on in the UN, or even that its like Abu Ghraib. I am going to point out that the concept that the news follows stories based on their newsworthiness is utterly laughable. Just as a Canadian commander may sit on his hands when folks from the 3rd and 4th world use their power to procure Sex in some of the most sadistic manners to make the UN system work The Media may want to go into these various third world countries. Just as google sold its soul for access to China Media will sell its soul for access to Horrid people and their Horrid regimes
"He bristled, and he said, 'Mr. Jordan, if you send a CNN team there, the severest possible consequences will come to them,'" Jordan said. "And I said, 'What does that mean?' He just snapped back. He said, 'Don't you understand? The severest possible consequences.' It was clear he was talking about assassinating those journalists."
Jordan said al-Sahaf "felt it was a violation of Iraqi sovereignty" for CNN to send journalists into northern Iraq without the approval of the Iraqi government, despite the fact that the Kurds, not the Baghdad regime, controlled the area.
In that case Eason Jordan was willing to push forward but it is not Just Iraq where these things occur. And by putting US news intrests on the ground with an Iraqi or face of those nationals torture, imprisonment, and other abuses occur.
So just as a British or UN general has to close his eyes to keep the UN going so to does the media
"Just buisness" they say.
But if the Media can (rightly) call moral fire down on the US and Ignore the moral fire that the UN also (rightly) deserves then the global media fails us as a global populace, it fails to meet one of the fundemental jobs of the Media
Hold people accountable.
The World isn't free until the Media can do that.