Ukraine Can Organize the World’s Peacekeeping Force

by Bobby Reyes

UN Peacekeeping Force | Photo by Aasimroy via Wikimedia Commons

Part XXIV: The Ukraine Crisis

As mentioned in last Sunday’s column, more than 20,000 volunteers from many countries have signed up to help the Ukrainian military defeat the invaders sent by the Kremlin. Almost all of the volunteers are now in Ukraine and doing what has been assigned to them by the Ukrainian military.

In Part XXII of this series, we said that “it looks like history will repeat itself. And the Ukraine Crisis can become a modern-day version of the Seven Years’ War.”

If the prediction happens, perhaps the leaders of Ukraine’s government and its top military officers may like to organize the said foreign volunteers — as augmented and supervised by regular Ukrainian commissioned and non-commissioned officers — into a Foreign Legion. Yes, an army of volunteers is a peacekeeping force with three components. The first is the security contingent that can protect the lives and limbs of the trained volunteers and civilians affected by the war.

The second suggested branch of the proposed Foreign Legion is an Engineering Brigade that can provide engineers, architects, and highly-skilled construction workers to repair the damages caused by the invading forces. There is precedence for this suggested feature. During the Vietnam War, the Philippines sent the so-called “Philippine Civic-Action Group” (or PHILCAG) with a company of army medics and a contingent from the Philippine Army Corps of Engineers.

The third leg of the troika of peacekeepers is the Medical Corps, attending to the wounded combatants and civilian victims of warfare. And in the long run, help in the rehabilitation of the invaded country’s medical infrastructures.

“If the prediction happens, perhaps the leaders of Ukraine’s government and its top military officers may like to organize the said foreign volunteers — as augmented and supervised by regular Ukrainian commissioned and non-commissioned officers — into a Foreign Legion. Yes, an army of volunteers is a peacekeeping force with three components”

Here is the title of an op-ed piece in the Unsolicited Advice column, “How to Create Peace and Progress in Islamic Countries As a Result of the 09-11 Tragedy.” The commentary has a sub-title, How Azerbaijan Can Be the Model Muslim-majority Country for Islamic Nations. This columnist proposed in September 2017, that Afghanistan is a similar three-pronged all-Muslim peacekeeping force with security personnel, medics, and an engineering brigade.

But this columnist’s suggestions were ignored by American and Afghan policy and decision-makers and the countries that sent contingents of peacekeepers to Afghanistan. Links to the other articles he wrote about the Afghan War appear in the said column.

It may be noteworthy that Ukraine may need the suggested all-Muslim peacekeepers in its war against the Kremlin. After all, the Kremlin bosses are using mercenaries from Syria and Chechnya. In the future, the civilized world and the United Nations may have to engage the services of such all-Muslim peacekeepers — and their medical and engineering brigades — in wars that may erupt among, or between, countries in the Islamic world.

If readers may note that in Part XXIV, this column refers to the invasion of Ukraine as a genocidal war launched by the Kremlin and not by the Russian people. Yes, an invasion of a genuinely democratic country like Ukraine where the invaders have committed, and continue to commit, now-documented war crimes, including the rape of women and pillage.

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