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    U.N. Peacekeepers Confront Crowd in Haiti

    CBS News
    Jan. 18, 2010

    (CBS) With word spreading far and wide across Port-au-Prince that there are jobs and food at the airport - a flood of able-bodied men and women showed up by the hundreds.

    "We are not troublemaker. We need some job, you understand," one man told CBS News national correspondent Byron Pitts.

    A U.S. Army Captain called this "controlled chaos." Military and police forces from around the world who speak different languages are working to maintain order. Late Monday morning that "chaos" turned to confrontation.

    Complete Coverage: Devastation in Haiti

    U.N. peace keepers were given orders to clear the street. They did so with force. Unable to speak the native language Creole or even English, the Jordanian... Pakistani and Indian forces mostly did their talking with nightsticks and rubber bullets. No one was seriously injured. But tensions are building.

    The American soldiers on hand - members of the 82nd Airborne - showed restraint. Their helmets were off and their guns were intentionally unloaded.

    Haiti Quake: How You Can Help

    "It seems like you guys are showing great restraint, while some of you colleagues, aren't," Pitts said.

    "We all have our different methods and styles in which we control situations," said Sgt. Mike Ames, U.S. Army. "We're here to help them, not to push them around."

    U.N. Peacekeepers Confront Crowd in Haiti - CBS Evening News - CBS News

    Its easy for Jordanian and Pakistani troops to shoot rubber bullets, beat, and use pepper spray against defenseless Haitians looking for work. After all they are just kaffirs.

    Watch the video imbedded in the above CBS link.
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    Re: U.N. Peacekeepers Confront Crowd in Haiti

    That's just dumb. I know the UN is stretched thin these days but they couldn't find some peacekeepers with the appropriate language skills? Canada just deployed another 1000 boots to Haiti today, everyone of them fully fluent in French.

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    Re: U.N. Peacekeepers Confront Crowd in Haiti

    Just don't let the French in. They would likely set up a flesh trade like they did in the Congo.

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    Re: U.N. Peacekeepers Confront Crowd in Haiti

    Quote Originally Posted by Diogenes View Post
    Just don't let the French in. They would likely set up a flesh trade like they did in the Congo.
    They are already in the peacekeeping operation that has been there since 2004

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