I've had a very long absence from posting - sorry! - but I will try to improve. There's certainly no shortage of things to say.
Recently read this story about the quality of UN peacekeepers. No huge surprises, but the extent of the incompetence is still amazing:
There was a bunch of Ukrainians, who typically rolled out of bed at noon, cracked open the vodka, and drank until dawn the next day, before going back to bed. The commander no longer bothered asking them to do anything.
He was left to rely on a tough and professional contingent of Kenyan soldiers. What proportion of his force could he actually count on? About a third, was his answer. It would have been better for everyone if two thirds of them had stayed at home.
Remind me again what the UN's purpose is? Other than to condemn Israel, I mean.