UN Growing a Spine?

UN forces came under attack in the Congo recently, and responded by killing about 60 militiamen with fire-support from an attack helicopter. This is in stark contrast to previous events in the Congo and in other parts of the world, in which the UN went so far as to allow its own men to be killed without retaliation (as noted in the article).

Could this be the start of something new? And how much of this is due to the increased international pressure on the UN to stop wasting oxygen and do something useful?

I'll be watching this carefully, I think.

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