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Source: Associated Press
GOMA, Congo (AP) — U.N. and Congolese army officials say that a new U.N. intervention brigade in eastern Congo has fired on M23 rebels for the first time.
The development came Friday, a day after mortar shells rained on homes in several residential neighborhoods of Goma. At least four civilians were killed in the violence.
Originally posted by wrabbit2000
reply to post by MrSpad
On this, we agree. Part of the course stuff was a a video of an interview with a UN Commander of mission for one of the Peacekeeping Missions in Central Africa that went to massacres among the locals. The guy seemed destroyed inside from what happened and very bitter. The UN in New York had pretty much deprived him of the ability to so much as have a couple guys talking to locals for info in a casual way. That was too much like an intelligence section to the UN mission .. a peacekeeping mission, so he had been told. They were absolutely dead serious too...which he followed. You could see the ruin in this eyes in the interview. That can't much be faked.
That was something to show a perspective I'd really not seen before and the media sure doesn't report. They make them sound like the answer to everything and able to leap tall tragedies in a single deployment and, much like you say, it sounded to me like they are more like emasculated observers and targets in BRIGHT White vehicles to get shot at with few, if any options to react. At least in any way which matters.
That's why this came as a surprise to see.