UN troops ‘helped smuggle gold’

At least these “Peacekeepers” weren’t raping the local women and children, or standing around smoking cigarettes while civilians are massacred, but still . . . Martin Plaut reports for the BBC:

The BBC has obtained an internal UN report examining allegations of gold smuggling by Pakistani peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

It concluded that Pakistani officers provided armed escorts, hospitality and food to gold smugglers in east Congo.

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While the report did not support allegations that the Pakistanis provided weapons to the militia operating in the area, it provided detailed evidence of the trading network established in the gold mines of eastern Congo, involving Pakistani troops, Congolese army officers and Indian traders.

Read the entire report at the link above. Since the end of the Cold War, the United Nations’ primary purposes seem to be allowing rogue regimes to appear legitimate and fostering corruption at all levels worldwide. For some, though, the imaginary ideals of it are apparently enough, and no amount of evil is sufficient to change that rosy dream.

Thanks to Instapundit for pointing to this story.

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