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UN Chief Tours "Alarming" Destruction in Gaza

UN Chief Tours "Alarming" Destruction in Gaza

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon became the highest ranking international leader to visit Gaza since violence broke out three weeks ago. Calling the destruction "shocking and alarming," the UN head said Israel had used excessive force in Gaza. But he didn't place all the blame on Israel explaining: "I view the rocket attacks into Israel as completely unacceptable. We need to restore basic respect for civilians."

While there putting international pressure on Israel and Hamas to maintain the ceasefire, Ban also took time to inspect damage caused by the Israeli bombing of the UN's headquarters in Gaza. Despite the mistaken bombing, Ban told Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that the UN would help rebuild Gaza after the violence, which killed 1,300 Palestinians and 13 Israeli citizens.

What sort of role do you think the UN and the international community should have in ending violence in Gaza?


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pequeña pequeña 7 years
I'm not denying this, Hainan. I'm only saying that to call the US the military arm of the UN is not exactly true since it's a well known fact that the US, under Bush's goverment, ignored a UN resolution saying that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Irak. China is under a dictatorship so I'm going to leave it out of the game. I'm talking about democratic countries and what they can do to mediate.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
"What sort of role do you think the UN and the international community should have in ending violence in Gaza?"The constructive role of mediation and aid, rather than the destructive and unconstructive one of blame-placer.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
"What sort of role do you think the UN and the international community should have in ending violence in Gaza?" The constructive role of mediation and aid, rather than the destructive and unconstructive one of blame-placer.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
pequena- The U.S. is assessed 22 percent of the U.N. regular budget. For 2008–2009, the U.N. peacekeeping budget assessment for the U.S. is just under 26 percent. China only pays 3%
pequeña pequeña 7 years
"The US has become the military arm of the UN". I highly disagree with that. The Irak invasion was done without authorisation of the UN. The US vetoed the first UN resolution for a ceasefire in Gaza. A country that ignores the UN can't be its military arm. The UN soldiers are Peacekeepers, and that's the only thing they can do, so this means the UN army has no power. This is open to criticism, but it's the way it was decided. Peace processes normally need a country that mediates through the UN, and the US used to be a good option for that. "A superpower is a state with a leading position in the international system and the ability to influence events and its own interests and project power on a worldwide scale to protect those interests" To keep Israel very well armed and powerful has been an interest of the United States for many years now. Hopefully now the US' main interest will be peace and justice, and if this is true, they will be involved in the peace process. The European Union could also be a good mediator if they weren't so divided and if many countries weren't so determined to pretend nothing is happening. After all, Israel was a European creation. http://www.un.org/unrwa/ I checked Ban Ki-moon's speech here. Indeed, the UN workers in Gaza are truly heroes, but also the doctors and nurses in hospitals, the Red Cross workers... all of them.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
I sincerely hope the UN steps up and does their job. The US can't get involved, because we are a partisan group in this matter. But alas, the US has become the military arm of the UN (as well as the major benefactor).
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