This one sentence sums up the United Nations’ approach to peacekeeping, charity, and other niceties:

If you’re going to rape prepubescent girls, make sure you’re wearing a blue helmet.

That is by Mark Steyn, who really lets some folks have it here. Not just the UN ? aside: Why are we still involved with this nest of Marxist tyrants, tinpot dictators, cranks, and anti-Semites? ? but also the world media and political figures who shriek at every American move while ignoring the UN’s panoply of corruption: from the Oil-for-Food scandal to these: “in West Africa, it’s Sex-for-Food, with aid workers demanding sexual services from locals as young as four; in Cambodia, it’s drug dealing; in Kenya, it’s the refugee extortion racket; in the Balkans, sex slaves.” For example:

But think about it: the merest glimpse of a freaky West Virginia tramp leading an Abu Ghraib inmate around with girlie knickers on his head was enough to prompt calls for Rumsfeld’s resignation, and for Ted Kennedy to charge that Saddam’s torture chambers were now open “under new management”, and for Robert Fisk to be driven into the kind of orgasmic frenzy unseen since his column on how much he enjoyed being beaten up by an Afghan mob … But systemic UN child sex in at least 50 per cent of their missions? The transnational morality set can barely stifle their yawns.

Then there’s this:

The folks that have been under the UN wing the longest ? indeed, the only ones with their own permanent UN agency and semi-centenarian “refugee camps” ? are the most comprehensively wrecked people on the face of the earth: the Palestinians. UN territories like Kosovo are the global equivalent of inner-city council estates with the blue helmets as local enforcers for the absentee slum landlord. By contrast, a couple of years after imperialist warmonger Bush showed up, Afghanistan and Iraq have elections, presidents and prime ministers.

When the tsunami hit, hundreds of thousands of people died within minutes. The Australians and Americans arrived within hours. The UN was unable to get to Banda Aceh within weeks.