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Blue Helmets: The Causes of Impotence. Polemics

27.09.2013

MOSCOW, SEPTEMBER 27, 2013. PIR PRESS  – “The UN peacekeepers are only tools and the decision on how to use these tools is being made by important officials in New York. They are trying to make this decision by compromise or by condition of a complete blocking by one State of any compromise. The latter means a complete standstill, that is why all the questions must be addressed to the guys from the East River”, – Alexander Shumilin, the Head of the Center for Analysis of Middle East conflicts.

Efforts on maintaining and restoring the peace have always been the main concern of the international community. For this purpose the UN Security Council was established and the millions of dollars spent every year. However, the effectiveness of these efforts is often arguable, and implemented programs are far from being ideal. For a discussion of this issue, we have invited the President of the Middle East Institute Yevgeny Satanovsky and the Head of the Center for Analysis of Middle East conflicts in the Institute for the USA and Canadian studies (Russian Academy of Sciences) Alexander Shumilin.

Yevgeny Satanovsky and Alexander Shumilin raised a sensitive issue on the nature of modern peacekeeping efforts under the auspices of the United Nations: Does it really save lives of people living in areas of armed conflicts or it is merely an imitation of the rescue? Yevgeny Satanovsky considers the existence of the winner, who will dictate the rules of this world as a condition for the real sustainable peace following the conflicts. At the same time, Alexander Shumilin suggests to consider the possible reforms of the UN Security Council in order not to allow the permanent members with their veto powers to paralyze the international peace initiatives.

Yevgeny Satanovsky is quite skeptical regarding the question of international settlement of the civil war in Syria: “The practice of democratic appeasement led to the Holocaust, the genocide of Gypsies, the atrocities in the former Yugoslavia and all the other things we can observe in the places where our Western colleagues and their local allies climb indiscriminately including Iraq, Libya and Syria. The civil wars cannot be won without victims. If someone wants to avoid this he needs destroy those who pays and organizes the conflict and provides this with soldiers. If it is not possible to destroy al-Qaeda, it is necessary to strangle Doha, Riyadh and Ankara. As a result the Syrian massacre will end with a little blood, because what there is now – is a little blood”.

Alexander Shumilin, in contrast, believes that the effectiveness of international peacekeeping efforts depends on the institutional decisions: “The actions of peacekeepers and their effectiveness depends on the terms of their mandate, i.e. the UN peacekeepers are only tools and the decision on how to use these tools is being made by important officials in New York. They are trying to make this decision by compromise or by condition of a complete blocking by one State of any compromise. The latter means a complete standstill that is why all the questions must be addressed to the guys from the East River”.

The polemics is already available (in Russian) on the website of the PIR Center.

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