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UN To Return To Iraq – Now That It’s Safe

From Reuters:

U.N. pledges to expand in Iraq, 5 years after blast

By Missy Ryan

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The United Nations pledged on Wednesday to hasten its cautious steps in helping Iraq rebuild, five years after a devastating bomb pushed it to pull foreign staff out of the country.

U.N. and Iraqi officials gathered at U.N. headquarters in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone for a somber ceremony commemorating the 22 people who died when a truck bomb struck U.N. offices in a Baghdad hotel on August 19, 2003.

It was a grim turning point in the first months after the U.S.-led invasion to topple Saddam Hussein, prompting the U.N. to withdraw most foreign staff and foreshadowing the bloodshed that quickly took hold across Iraq.

“There are moments when we wonder whether all this was worth it or not,” U.N. special representative Staffan de Mistura said.

“What we are doing at the moment is sending a signal that the U.N. is back. The U.N. is back to stay. The U.N. is back to have its footprint increasing, its activities increasing.”

U.N. officials say there are about 350 international civilian and military staff members across the country, and that the number of civilian foreign staff members increased by 30 percent over the last year.

Iraqi Planning Minister Ali Baban and David Shearer, De Mistura’s deputy, signed a two-year pact governing the U.N.’s humanitarian, reconstruction and development activities in Iraq.

The new U.N. strategy targets what it called a “worsening human rights situation and an overall deterioration of services, infrastructure and shelter,” among other challenges

Yes, the courageous United Nations ran away at the first blast.

But now that Iraq is safe and getting rich on its oil profits, the bravos of the UN have decided they had better get in there and get their cut of the spoils.

After all, the UN is the Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton of international relations.

“There are moments when we wonder whether all this was worth it or not,” U.N. special representative Staffan de Mistura said.

What a laff.

The new U.N. strategy targets what it called a “worsening human rights situation and an overall deterioration of services, infrastructure and shelter,” among other challenges.

Yes, the UN will do something about these problems for sure.

There will surely be an improvement in the rapes and graft collection now.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 13th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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