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1/02/2005

UPDATE: More on "The UNcredibles": WFP (World Food Program) has "arrived" in the capital with an "assessment and coordination team." The following is no joke; no Diplomad attempt to be funny or clever: The team has spent the day and will likely spend a few more setting up their "coordination and opcenter" at a local five-star hotel. And their number one concern, even before phones, fax and copy machines? Arranging for the hotel to provide 24hr catering service. USAID folks already are cracking jokes about "The UN Sheraton." Meanwhile, our military and civilians, working with the super Aussies, continue to keep the C-130 air bridge of supplies flowing and the choppers flying, and keep on saving lives -- and without 24hr catering services from any five-star hotel . . . . The contrast grows more stark every minute.
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Following up on the brilliant "stingy" remark the UN seems to be digging a little deeper hole out in the field. Part of it is, of course, systemic - the UN has no carriers or C-130s or helos; but part of it is a mindset which has been repeated in failed mission after failed mission.

No question, a radical reform of the UN, led by people who see it as a "can do" organization, is needed or the plug should be pulled.