Sunday, January 02, 2005


The Diplomad is on a roll with a couple new entries describing the UN's involvement (or lack thereof) in the tsunami relief efforts.

A colleague came back from a meeting held by the local UN representative yesterday and reported that the UN rep had said that while it was a good thing that the Australians and Americans were running the air ops into tsunami-wrecked Aceh, for cultural and political reasons, those Australians and Americans really "should go blue." In other words, they should switch into UN uniforms and give up their national ones.

As I asked in a previous post, what is the UN's main objective here? Helping the people of SE Asia, or trying to boost their dismal reputation?

Lead, follow, or get out of the way!


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