I HAVE regrettably reached the conclusion that there is a single avenue for the UN to get salvation where the DRC is concerned: Get the hell out, and stay out! Otherwise it will sink even deeper into the mire and lose the last shreds of any moral authority to which it may originally have laid claim.
But I very much doubt that the UN will take that sole path to redemption, it is too far gone down the path of trepidation and too many of its bosses have tasted of the forbidden fruit of power and self-aggrandizement to want to go back to their vital but humdrum jobs of helping countries build peace brick by brick through equitable economic and social development.
It is much more immediately satisfying to the ego to be a supreme commander and deputy commanders of hundreds of troops, even if only borrowed from member states, than just another international bureaucrat.
And we all know, some commanders-in-chief cannot understand why have such numbers of troops under your orders and not find ways of deploying them in battle.
And thus we get to a point where the UN stops building peace to making war, seemingly unaware that this is at a 180 degree variant from the mission for which it was created.
Mwene Kalinda, Kigali,Rwanda
Reaction to Joseph Rwagatare’s opinion, “Is the UN in Congo beyond redemption?”, (The New Times, July 23)
When UN stops building peace and chooses making war