Friday, March 25, 2005

Hushed rape of Timor There is something so sexually depraved about Arab culture that I don't know if anything can be done about it. The things this article describes are apparently not that uncommon wherever Arabs are placed in positions of authority. More UN peacekeepers are charged with sexual abuse and the UN tries to cover it up. In this case it's in East Timor.

It caused outrage among East Timorese and Australian troops sent to protect them, raised tensions among UN peacekeepers to a deadly new level and caused senior UN staff to resign in disgust.

The deployment of Jordanian peacekeepers to East Timor was probably one of the most contentious UN decisions to follow the bloody independence ballot. It was eclipsed only by the cover-up and inaction that followed when the world body learned of their involvement in a series of horrific sex crimes involving children living in the war-battered Oecussi enclave.

Children were not the only victims - in early 2001, two Jordanians were evacuated home with injured penises after attempting sexual intercourse with goats.

The UN mission in East Timor led by Sergio Vieira de Mello (who was later killed in Baghdad) did its best to keep the matter hushed up. The UN military command at the time was only too happy to oblige.

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