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UN dilemma: safety vs. mission

The Aug. 19 truck bomb in Baghdad that killed 18 United Nations staff was more than the most lethal attack ever on the world body. It was “our own Sept. 11,” say UN officials – an unprecedented terrorist targeting of the UN that shattered any notion that its blue flag of neutrality granted some kind of immunity. While the United States responded to Sept. 11 with beefed up domestic security and its global “war on terror,” the UN finds itself at a difficult turning point, torn between the need to protect personnel and its historic commitment to serve desperate populations. “Clearly, this is no longer business as usual,” says one UN official. “All of a sudden, the idea the UN may be seen as an enemy by a small nihilist, fundamentalist segment of the population is very worrisome. Any major deployment of UN personnel in the future is going to have a big, up-front security component.” Full Story

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