Agence France-Press reported on November 23 that United Nations officials are requesting the permission to use unmanned planes, also known as drones, to enhance its peacekeeping capabilities.
The finding comes as the UN is fighting a bloody conflict in the Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of Congo against anti-government rebels financed by Rwanda and Uganda. According to Kieran Dwyer, a UN spokesman, the acquiring of drones would be part of a range of actions taken to “strengthen the capabilities of MONUSCO [the international peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo].” She also added that “we would do this very carefully.”
As of now, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is negotiating with several nations, including the United States and France, and possibly Israel, another large manufacturer of the surveillance machines, to be furnished with brand-new drones, and he will soon introduce a recommendation to the Security Council, according to AFP.
The problem rests with the financing, however. Drones are expensive machines to entertain, especially with today’s technology. The very same problem cost MONUSCO its first drones in the past, but the United Nations are not giving up. Once this is revealed, officials agree that the first drones might not be able to be operative by the time the Congo conflict ends. They add, though, that drones will be used in eventual peacekeeping operations.
And there is revealed the actual nature of the UN’s request. Drones are not a simple tool to help suppress a rebellion in Congo. The international bureaucracy is now arming itself as well as a full standing army. True, the first drones will not be armed, but there will plenty of room in the vague UN recommendation text to allow the eventual arming of those unmanned killing machines.
Not only is this a large waste of taxpayer money internationally and a possible violation of international law, Ban Ki-moon is conforming what the so-called conspiracy theorists have been saying about the UN since the beginning: it is a dangerous, authoritarian technocracy that has the power to enslave the world.
The agency’s peacekeeping missions are rarely effective. When they are on field, as in Israel, Georgia, or Congo, they only maintain territorial status quo, enflaming future conflicts; it is not normal that a simple regional conflict is extended over decades, but this is the result of the UN’s peacekeeping missions. When such missions actually take action, however, they often side with the morally wrong part. Kivu is a great example of a prosperous region that has tried to gain its independence from the dictatorial Congo for decades but has been unsuccessful because of MONUSCO.
If the Obama administration anyhow cared about the independence of the United States, the freedom of its people, and the Constitution of its government, he would veto any measure giving drones to the UN. Unfortunately, this would be too good to be true and President Obama, himself an advocate of drone use to kill civilians when terrorists can’t be found, is not only to accept Ban Ki-moon’s demands, he might as well finance them.