14th day of the month of Payni in the year 5108
27th April 2008
UN troops ‘armed DR Congo rebels’
The UN has covered up claims that its troops in Democratic Republic of Congo gave arms to militias and smuggled gold and ivory,. The allegations, based on confidential UN sources, involve Pakistani and Indian troops working as peacekeepers. The UN investigated some of the claims in 2007, but said it could not substantiate claims of arms dealing. UN insiders said they had been prevented from pursuing their inquiries for political reasons.
How sad it is to see that yet again the UN has failed those who it intended to protect. How can this happen? The answer is in the halls of the UN itself. For it must realise that it is not a form of government & stop trying to act as such. The place for troops & army’s is in the realm of national governments. The UN, if it is to succeed must look to its role as mediator & coordinator of aid programs. In the Security Council, there is so much scope for strong leadership of the world’s nations. The head of the UN should use this forum to put forward the views of all sides in a dispute and the governments of the world should look at this body as one, which is there to help through words not through the sanctioning of wars. How many times has the Security Council been used as a rubber stamp to invasion & war? It is time for the UN’s leaders to say stop we will not support any nation who uses force to deal with any situation. It is true that there are cases that a nation will be forced to use arms to defend itself but then the UN should be there to force such attackers to back off through the use of the weapons of peace. These include the use of sanctions. As for those who use the weapon of terrorist it has to be confessed that these people have to get their arms from some where & that some where will be within the borders of a nation. Let us unit as a community of man to stop this blood shed & death , let us use the UN for this not as the rubber stamper of war.
Gene therapy ‘aids youth’s sight’
A 17-year-old whose sight was failing has had his vision improved in a pioneering operation carried out by doctors at Moorfields Eye Hospital. The London researchers used gene therapy to regenerate the dying cells in Stephen Howarth’s right eye. As a result he can now confidently walk alone in darkened rooms and streets for the first time. Stephen is the third person to have the operation, and the researchers expect even better results in future cases. Before the procedure, he could hardly see at all at night and in time he would have lost his sight completely.
This is a great story & one that shows us how the developments in this field can help man kind so much. There are those who say that this should not be taken any further and the use of gene research is wrong. But how can it be wrong if a young man is given back one of our greatest gifts that of sight. To be able to return health to those who suffer is such a great gift it can only be for the good. If we had not been intended to use this science then we would not have been given the knowledge and power to develop this science. Let us hope that the men of science will always continue to win over the fools who say that this is wrong for some obscure & totally unfounded reason.