We can add a new chapter to the never-ending tale of the United Nations’ embarrassing inability to prevent war crimes. In the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the U.N. is currently working with the Congolese army against rebel forces in a civil war. The allied Congolese forces, however, recently committed at least 126 rapes while retreating from rebel forces. The United Nation’s response? Demand legal action, or eventually they’ll lose blue-helmet support.
According to a U.N. official, “Since nothing sufficient has happened at this stage we have already put two units of the armed forces of Congo on notice that if they do not act promptly we shall cease supporting them. They have to shape up.”