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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” – Juvenal
[Tr. Who will guard the guards?]

Sex ban on DR Congo peacekeepers
UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been banned from having sex with locals after claims of widespread abuse of women and girls.

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“Yeah, so what. Occupying armies are not made up of angels, you know”

This is the reaction of most of us to news like this. But there needs to be a fundamental difference between an occupying force from one aggressor and a multi-national “peacekeeping” force. The fact that there isn’t just goes to show that armed and stronger soldiers, be they men or women, will take advantage of and harrass unarmed civilians, regardless of whether the soldiers belong to an aggressive occupying force, or a so-called peace-keeping outfit.

The bottomline, ultimately, is how much you can get away with, nothing less.

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