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Monday, November 05, 2007

Prudery Preempts Peace

Yesterday I sent the following message to inquiries@un.org. The UN's own account of the incident can be read here: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=24514&Cr=sri&Cr1=haiti. Note that an official is quoted as saying they will try to help the "victims" even though, since they consented, there's no reason to think they regard themselves as such.

I am appalled at the UN's recent action expelling Sri Lankan peacekeepers from Haiti for mutually beneficial sexual transactions with inhabitants of that country. By what inhumane value system is indulging the puritanism of (some of) these women's compatriots judged to be more important than preventing violence?

I urge you to reverse this decision forthwith.

Sincerely,
Eric Hamell
Philadelphia, PA, USA

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