Peacekeeping troops

  1. Liberian citizens frustrated with a lack of U.S. intervention in the fighting lined up 18 dead bodies on the street outside the U.S. embassy.

    Mr. Annan again called on the United States Monday to support the peacekeeping troops promised by the Economic Community of West African States. Earlier, 41 U.S. Marines arrived in Liberia from Spain to reinforce security at the U.S. embassy compound. The marines also helped evacuate 23 people from the area.


    http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?o...D1D387ABEF1235

    The NYT reported today that a mortor bomb fell on the US Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia.
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   renerian
    I just cannot figure out how we are supposed to help everyone? Pretty soon our men/women will be all over the world and not here where I personally think we could be vulnerable.

    renerian
  4. by   Mkue
    "There is a major humanitarian crisis on the horizon here," said Princeton N. Lyman, a former American ambassador to Nigeria and South Africa. "For the U.S. not to come in, I think, this would be a significant moral blot-right after the president's trip to Africa."

    http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/22/in...22DIPL.html?hp

    Renerian, I feel the same as you, why are we expected to help everyone. Then I think.. we are damned if we do and damned if we don't. I don't want anymore of our troops killed.
  5. by   fergus51
    I don't buy the damned if we do damned if we don't argument. We are damned in Iraq cause we went in alone (basically) and without invite. Here people are begging for our help. If we want to say that we are concerned with humanitarian situations (as we were in "liberating" Iraqis), I don't see how we can ignore this. Does the government have to be arab/muslim/(maybe)withWMD to get us involved? I understand we might not even be able to send many troops, but how about even lobbying other countries for involvement?

    I just don't understand why humanitarian crisises in Africa get so little attention. We acted in Kosovo, we acted in Iraq. Why don't we act in here?
  6. by   Mkue
    But Fergus, some Americans might be concerned that other countries will perceive the US as the Superpower who is trying to control the world. What if we do go in to help and then we aren't wanted and are asked to leave?

    Iraqi's who fled Iraq also went to Washington and begged for our help.
  7. by   fergus51
    If we are asked to leave, then we can leave. I just don't buy into the mentality that we can't do anything right, so we might as well not bother. It seems like a very "poor us" mentality, when I really don't think we have all that much to complain about in the grand scheme of things.

    As for Iraqis in the US, they aren't the ones who would have bombs dropping on their heads. I understand the arguments about why we went into Iraq, and have complety come to terms with that. All I am saying is I don't see how we can make the argument that it was important to liberate the Iraqis from an oppressive regime (WMD notwithstanding), but then ignore humanitarian issues elsewhere when people are begging for our help. If we are unable to help, that's one thing. If we just won't... well, that does bother me. I can't help it.
  8. by   Mkue
    Liberians still frustrated with Bush, he is not doing enough...

    From the article: MONROVIA, Liberia -- A deployment of U.S. troops by President George W. Bush off Liberia's coast -- but not necessarily on land -- has angered many Liberians.

    Recent false rumors of U.S. Marines landing in Liberia have been enough to set off dancing and singing in the streets, according to The Associated Press.

    http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/africa...ict/index.html

    What could be wrong with our helping them? Can we just ignore their desperate cries for our help? It bothers me too Fergus.
  9. by   maureeno
    I wish the US would go ashore
    saying:
    'all factions wanted us here
    so we came
    and we declare PEACE NOW'

    now that would be logistical support!

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