No Blood For….

The photo below is of Liberians celebrating upon hearing a rumor that the U.S. Army is on the way to bring order and peace to their tormented country. The U.N. has asked the U.S. to intervene, and other West African countries have offered 3,000 troops, with the rest of the proposed force to be supplied by us.
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What I don’t understand is, how exactly is this different from Iraq, or North Korea? The slaughter and suffering in both of those countries has dwarfed what is happening in Liberia (as does the slaughter in the Congo and probably other places in Africa that don’t even come to mind). Is the U.N. only opposed to disorder, as opposed to state-sanctioned mass murder? All I know is, when people are in trouble, they aren’t calling for Kofi Annan.

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