Friday, April 13, 2007

United Nations Secretary General Wants New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg To Supply NYPD Officers For International Peacekeeping Operations

In a story picked up by only one mainstream media outlet, Fox News Channel reported on April 11th, 2007 that United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (pictured at left courtesy of Fact International) asked New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg if the city could deploy some of their police officers on U.N. peacekeeping missions. Recruiting police for the U.N.'s 16 peacekeeping missions around the globe has been consistently difficult, and the U.N. cited the diversity of the New York Police Department as one of their "strengths".

"New York City has one of the most diversified police forces around and I think the secretary-general would like to explore possibilities," U.N. deputy spokeswoman Marie Okabe said before the meeting. "Getting police to join peacekeeping operations is one of the high priorities for the U.N."

However, when Mayor Bloomberg left the meeting, he made no comment to reporters. Likewise, the mayor's spokesman, Stu Loeser, said his office had no comment. However, New York City has recently fallen short of its police recruiting goals, so it's unclear if it would have any officers to spare for international peacekeeping.

The U.N. peacekeeping department said 321 American police officers are currently involved in missions abroad, primarily training local police. Of those, 225 are in the Kosovo region of Yugoslavia, and others are in Haiti, Liberia and Sudan.

Commentary: First, why the general media blackout of this story? This directly impinges upon American sovereignty and local public safety. Our cops are needed at home to manage the consequences of our increasing "diversity". Our last major riot was in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in Cincinnati in 2001, inflicting an estimated $13.7 million in damage, but the American National Socialist Workers Party (ANSWP) is planning a march through that predominantly black neighborhood on April 20th, and it will take considerable police resources to prevent the particularly volatile black population from chimping out at the mere sight of uniformed national socialists.

Second, why no comment from Mayor Bloomberg? If he rejected the Secretary-General's request, he would have announced it. Does his silence mean he's seriously entertaining the prospect, particularly when NYPD recruiting is down?

The cover story of the April 16th issue of Time magazine has highlighted the wear-and-tear the Iraqi war has inflicted upon our military. Do we want the same problem inflicted upon our police forces? Furthermore, NYPD officers take an oath to serve and protect the people of New York City, not Kosovo or Haiti.

I have no objection to Americans individually volunteering to serve overseas to train indigenous police on peacekeeping missions. But instead of raiding our active forces, why not instead recruit retired military or civilian police officers to do the job? If they are to serve as advisers, they don't need to be in the peak of youth or physical conditioning expected of active officers.

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