on Dying for a UN Effort

In 1994, discussing the possibility of U.S. troops being killed in Bosnia, he [Kerry] said, “If you mean dying in the course of the United Nations effort, yes, it is worth that. If you mean dying American troops unilaterally going in with some false presumption that we can affect the outcome, the answer is unequivocally no.”

Taken from this rather pro-Kerry article. So, it’s okay for US soldiers to die for a UN effort, but if we ever go in alone, thinking we can make better of the situation, our boys die in vain? Somehow, in Kerry’s view, a UN permission is some type of blessing, which I find very perplexing considering the corruption, inefficaciousness, and the dubious morality of many nations represented there.

Granted, Kerry said this in 1994, but I have no good reason to believe he has changed his mind. Recently he has gotten much tougher on fighting a war, but I can’t help but think this is more driven by polls and politics rather than a true change of opinion. The most momentous event since 1994 was 9/11, and Kerry himself said it didn’t change him. It took a presidential campaign for him to start toughening up and saying the UN will definitely be side-lined when it comes to our defense.

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