Syria, baby-blue berets, and the U.S.A
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For decades, American soldiers have worn the pretty baby blue berets of U.N. security forces. We are not the only nation to do so. As long as the U.S. is a member of the United Nations, we will have soldiers serving under the U.N. flag.

With this in mind, consider the possibility of a U.N. security force going into Syria (aka “boots on the ground”). If an American soldier is part of that force, will the President be breaking his promise of “no boots on the ground in Syria?” I must admit to some ignorance here as I don’t know if the soldiers for U.N. forces are drafted from each country, ordered to serve by their respective governments, or allowed to volunteer. If their respective governments order them, then someone in Washington would have some explaining to do.

This is something for us to consider or throw in the trashcan.

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gawalkman commented on Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 at 08:37 AM

Far fetched?

Recently, before Russia offered an alternative France was considering the possibility of a U.N. Security Force.

France holds a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council and was on board with the USA about striking Syria. They were going to offer a resolution in the Security Council to send in the baby blues.

So this may not be as far fetched as some are lead to believe.

Bryant commented on Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 at 14:56 PM

I would like for the US to be part of a security force from the UN. As long as that security force was primarily manned and funded (militarily) by UN members in the Middle East, Northern Africa, and similarly located countries. Countries with a vested interest in regional stability.

Oh, and I'd like Russia to kick in a fair share as well. Would this lead to an imbalance in power? Doubtful, unless the follow-up diplomacy and financial assistance from Russia was both benign and lucrative enough to exceed US government and NGO efforts. Not likely.

Charles_and_Angie_Howell commented on Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 at 20:44 PM

While the US often (too often) participates in UN peacekeeping missions, they are ALWAYS under American command. I believe that is US law. I am not aware of any instance of American Combat troops wearing the UN blue beret, especially in modern times, but I may be mistaken. I do not usually speak in absolutes because I may be speaking in error.

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