Blue-Helmet Blues

Strapped for cash and short of manpower, U.N. peacekeepers are asked to do too much with too little

This time the desperate nation was Burundi. Vicious fighting erupted in the central African state when military officers from the Tutsi tribe murdered President Melchior Ndadaye, a member of the rival Hutus. As the attempted coup collapsed, both tribes massacred thousands of people and put hundreds of thousands to flight. Please, government officials begged the United Nations, send us peacekeepers.

Last week the U.S. said no. James Jonah, Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs, had warned Burundi not to expect any help because the Security Council "has shown no inclination to take on any new operations." In embattled Angola a recent request...

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