THE CONGO IS ANOTHER HUMAN DISASTER, on a par with Cambodia. The U.N. has been nominally in charge of dealing with things there for several years (there may be a connection here. . . .). But Joe Katzman does an excellent job (in connection with Bruce Rolston -- follow the links to multiple posts) of explaining why the U.N. can't do anything constructive. It also explains why the political costs to the United States of trying to do anything constructive would be excessive -- in fact, paralyzingly high, and much worse than Iraq.
The U.N. and the mindset that goes with it, built to prevent genocide, seems in fact to promote genocide and make it hard for anyone to do anything about it.