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Saturday, January 08, 2005

Tsunami relief - UN ineptitude

While many in world clamor for the UN to be in charge of the tsunami relief, in fact the US has turned over the leadership role to the UN, a career Diplomat gives us a first hand account of just how miserably the UN is failing. He reports his accounts on his blog The Diplomat.

Tim Blair notes that The Diplomad is getting some attention from the international press.

Francis Till, in New Zealand's National Business Review, writes:

While the United Nations appears to be adept at having meetings, the organisation is hopeless on the ground say career foreign service officers in tsunami-affected regions.

As news media are increasingly dominated by footage of US, Australian and regional military forces actually delivering aid to stricken survivors of the Boxing Day tsunami, UN officials are carping about housing in major cities far removed from the front lines and passing around elaborate business cards.

Organising to organise seems to be the word of the day for the UN, say career US foreign service officers anonymously, who fault the international organisation for taking credit where none is due and proving hopeless at actually delivering relief.

A blog (The Diplomad) run by "career US Foreign Service officers" -- many serving in what they call the "Far Abroad" as a eupehmism for what appears, often, to be Sri Lanka -- is loading the internet with accounts of UN ineptitude in the wake of the tsunami disaster.

And in the wake of the oil for food scandal Annan wants us to hand over $1 billion dollars to the UN? I think not.

UPDATE:

I decided to use this post as a starting place to gather all the evidence against the UN. Hopefully, this will save everyone having to search for a particular article. I'll add any post that exposes the UN's scandals here as well as on the main blog.

UN - oil for food scandal revelations

UN Supporting Palestinian Terrorists

More tsunami UNrelief

UN Cess Pool

The Real Evil Empire

UN Investigator Quit Over Cover Up
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