Assignment 7

In Emergency Sex, Kenneth Cain, Heidi Postlewait, and Andrew Thomson share their unique experiences that reveal the actual image behind working for the United Nations. Started with extraordinary passions to change the world, three main characters face the real circumstances that they weren’t expecting. The UN’s inefficient bureaucracy, corrupted officers, and unpragmatic policies and actions have affected the legitimacy of Kofi Annan and the existence of the United Nations in the 21st century negatively. In spite of a lot of criticism on corruption, mismanagement, and a broken institution, most of the UN peacekeepers like Cain, Heidi, and Thomson probably had good intentions to make a world a better place when they first joined the UN.

The three main characters had tried to keep their principles clean as their environments and experiences were getting worse and unhopeful. Their beginner’s mindsets and compassionate hearts had been affected and damaged, questioning the humanity and even the existence of their God. My favorite part of the book is that the fact that this book was published. As the United Nations peacekeepers, they can make two different choices. First, like most of the peacekeepers, they won’t say nor do anything about the corruption of the UN. The other option is that they can sacrifice themselves to let people know what’s going on in the United Nations. Knowing that they can’t change the UN, they can inform the public and potential peacemakers-for better generations than the previous one. Kofi Annan tried to ban this book when the book was first published. Because of these courage actions of three peacekeepers, Kenneth Cain, Heidi Postlewait, and Andrew Thomson, we have better ideas on the truth behind the United Nations.

“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right."W.Clement Stone

“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right.”
W.Clement Stone

The United Nations has four main purposes: 1) To keep peace throughout the world 2) To develop friendly relations among nations 3) To help nations work together to improve the lives of poor people, to conquer hunger, disease and illiteracy, and to encourage respect for each other’s rights and freedoms 4) To be a Centre for harmonizing the actions of nations to achieve these goals (The UN). Ironically, “In a report on the rapid growth of sex-trafficking and forced prostitution rackets since Nato troops and UN administrators took over the Balkan province in 1999, Amnesty said Nato soldiers, UN police, and western aid workers operated with near impunity in exploiting the victims of the sex traffickers” (Traynor). Sex-trafficking is a serious violation of human right and ‘the peacemakers’ who are supposed to help them are actually helping sex-trafficking in the end.

What are YOU doing for peace?

What are YOU doing for peace?

Another irony case of the UN can be explained in a quote by Thomson, “If blue-helmeted U.N. peacekeepers show up in your town or village and offer to protect you, run. Or else get weapons. Your lives are worth so much less than theirs” (cain et al. 252). Intended or not, their presences and misled policies will harm the people more. No one is expecting for the UN to save the world and help everyone in need. The expectation is not high and yet they have failed continuously. If they can’t uphold their own principles and even keep losing their credibility with corrupted and hypercritical actions by them, how are they going to keep their legitimacy as The World Peacekeeper?


Cain, Kenneth, Heidi Postlewait, and Andrew Thomson. Emergency Sex and Other Desperate Measures: A True Story From Hell on Earth. New York: Hyperion, 2004. Print.

Gardiner, Nile. “Kofi Annan’s Legacy of Failure.” Heritage Foundation. (2006):<>.

“The United Nations at a Glance.” . The United Nations. Web. <>.

Traynor, Ian. “Nato force ‘feeds Kosovo sex trade’.”Guardian. (2004): n. page. Web. <>.

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