Wednesday, January 2, 2008

tribal violence in Kenya could easily be stopped

tribal violence has broken out in Kenya, triggered by questions over a recent election.

the most frequently referred to type of violence that i have seen referenced is people being locked inside social clubs and burned alive.

various sources say about 300 people have been killed and many more displaced.

if Romeo Dallaire, the head of the UN Peacekeeping force in Rwanda and author of Shaking Hands with the Devil, is anything to go by, this could be stopped immediately by a small force from any single modern nation. a multi-nation UN force could be counted on to be worthless. as could a single nation force from Zimbabwe or Pakistan. no offense, Dallaire just didn't convey the best experience with troops from countries with poor economies.

the US is clearly overextended, has demonstrated its inability to maintain peace anywhere it has troops, and doesn't have the best track record with open elections anywhere.

maybe it is time for Europe to stretch its peacekeeping legs. Germany must have at least a few thousand troops that could be spared for a few months.

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