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northzax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 08:28 AM
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42. eh?
first off, goal posts are traditionally wood, not iron, but whatever.

second off, if you are going to stake your plan on withdrawal and replacement by a UNPK force, you better have a good idea of which countries are interested in supplying peacekeepers to help out (you know that peacekeeping is a voluntary contribution to the UN, there are no mandates, it requires countries to volunteer to send their soldiers (yes, peacekeepers are made up of military units under UN control) into the contested area and stand between two or more warring factions wearing blue helmets. Peacekeepers tend to work when a: the parties involved are exhausted and simply want breathing room to negotiate (no evidence this is the case in Iraq) and b: when they are backed by the threat of major military force from an uninvolved party. Peacekeepers worked in Kosovo, sort of, because they were backed by the big stick of the US military. the US, under Clinton, made it perfectly clear that any action against peacekeepers would be met with US and NATO military force. to say that the UN will solve the problem in Iraq is to demand further scrutiny and explanations about how this would work. I mean, how's that peacekeeping force in Darfur coming along? what's that you say? the UN hasn't been able to convince itself to send peacekeepers to stop a genocide, and you think it's possible to stop a civil war between armed parties?
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