US wants Enhanced UN Peacekeeping Operations Serving Its Interests
by Stephen Lendman
So-called Blue Helmets don’t operate as officially mandated - “help(ing) countries torn by conflict create conditions for sustainable peace.”
Their deployments aren’t benevolent. They don’t restore order, maintain peace or provide for the needs of local populations. Nor do they build confidence, enforce power sharing agreements, provide electoral support, aid reconstruction, uphold the rule of law, or help efforts toward economic and social development.
They’re imperial enforcers. They do more harm than good. They serve monied interests, not popular ones. Their mission isn’t peacekeeping. It’s control in service to dominant imperial powers at the expense of people they’re supposed to protect.
Their record is deplorable - a history of civil and human rights abuses, rape and other sex crimes, corruption, drugs trafficking, smuggling and overall failure to achieve announced mission objectives.
UN peacekeeping operations began in May 1948 - UNTSO the first mission to monitor peace after Israel’s so-called War of Independence.
The operation remains ongoing. Peace was never achieved. So-called peacekeepers play no active role in what’s ongoing. The mission reflects 67 years of total failure.
IDF forces rampage at will. UNTSO does nothing to intervene responsibly - nor do top UN officials condemn what they tacitly support through silence.
US Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey wants increased “peacekeeping” efforts - more countries contributing more forces in more places to be deployable more quickly to serve US interests globally.
On July 28, Dempsey addressed a meeting on UN peacekeeping at New York’s 69th Regiment Armory. He duplicitously cited the UN Charter’s founding mandate to help “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.”
No nation throughout its entire history did more to subvert it than America - including every year since the UN’s establishment, more than ever now, notably during Dempsey’s tenure as Joint Chiefs chairman. He’s a warrior, not peacemaker. He’s paid to wage war, not peace.
Dempsey wants more nations actively involved in serving US interests worldwide. He wants them “provid(ing) rapid response forces for emerging crises” - meaning wherever Washington can get other nations to do its dirty work, to enforce its imperial aims at the expense of exploited and abused local populations.
He named three core objectives, saying:
“First, the United Nations needs to generate contributions (greater funding) to mitigate equipment shortfalls, significant equipment shortfalls. Enduring gaps in equipment platforms continue to undermine our efforts in ongoing missions around the world.”
“Second, the United Nations requires commitments from member nations to provide rapid response forces for emerging crises. The rapid deployment of units within 30, 60, or 90 days - for a finite period - can help resolve developing crises, prevent expanded conflict and in the process save more innocent lives.”
“And third, the UN seeks more highly skilled personnel, both police and military, to staff future missions and backfill units transitioning from contingency operations.”
“(W)e need the capability not just to begin a peacekeeping mission, but to sustain it over time. And experienced personnel add critical skills and tremendous value towards improving peacekeeping operations on the ground.”
Around two-thirds of UN member states contribute around 100,000 Blue Helmets globally, according to world body authorities.
Dempsey wants more Blue Helmet muscle serving America’s imperial agenda - proxy foot soldiers enforcing its interests at the expense of exploited populations worldwide.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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