Thursday, February 09, 2017

History of peacekeeping

Fear not, mon ami. Justice and freedom will come to North Carolina.
Media outlets are reporting that the Canadian government is delaying sending a peacekeeping contingent to the embattled African nation of Mali,

But in this insecure world, peacekeeping remains important. Canada needs to consider its responsibility to protect when a country to which we have long had ties of amity and trade is plagued by:
  • constant street violence, often provoked by police forces out of control
  • a Muslim minority targeted by a Christianist government that accuses it of disloyalty;
  • a politicized judiciary, many of whose members are unapologetically loyal to the ideology of the governing party.
  • endemic ethnocultural strife and semi-official discrimination based on skin colour and/or linguistic background.
  • women denied basic healthcare, kept out of high office, and frequently demeaned by the head of state and senior officials.
  • government officials complicit in illegal detention and rendition of immigrants, even in the face of valid court orders. 
  • voters' lists that have been manipulated and legislative seats ruthlessly gerrymandered for partisan advantage by the governing party.
  • a head of state dubiously elected but supported by a compliant legislature, and intent on wielding personal authority unrestricted by traditional political norms or the rule of law.  
In light of such circumstances, does Canada have a responsibility to at least consider inserting a peacekeeping force, simply to restore order, re-establish the rule of law, and prepare the way for free and fair elections?

I'm not talking about Mali.  I'm talking about the United States of America.

Hey, you know they would do the same for us whenever they thought it necessary.
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