Running from Conflict on the Horn
The BBC today has a story about the escalating conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea. This story talks about how U.N. peacekeepers are leaving, more specifically, have been ordered to leave by the U.N. Security Council, by Friday. Who knew about this? Not most Americans. Instead, we are talking about Iraq.
What’s interesting is that the article says:
“On Wednesday, the UN Security Council decided to evacuate US, Canadian and European staff serving in the mission…Most of the UN peacekeepers monitoring the border following a war between the two countries that ended in 2000 are from Asian and African countries and these will stay.”
This is interesting for 2 reasons:
1. It’s funny how all the white people get to leave and the non-whites are staying. I can’t call this surprising. It would be nice is we used this as an Iraq exit strategy. Oh wait, we can’t because we pissed off the U.N. when we unilaterally invaded Iraq in the first place.
2. Why is this not considered taking an irresponsible, defeatist attitude? Aren’t we in this case pulling out of an ‘unfinished’ conflict where violence is still prevalent? Won’t the exit of U.N. peacekeepers increase the resolve of the warmongers in the region?
Maybe #2 only applies to Iraq, and not to the Horn of the Mother Continent.