Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Per ardua ad Land Cruiser

The latest post on Diplomad points out how happy UN operations are making Land Cruiser dealers around the world.

But we also find out where that the RAF has been unwittingly recruited in the provision of these luxury vehicles to the UN. Although we see from the MoD web site that "Royal Air Force aircraft continue to deliver humanitarian aid and support equipment to Indonesia," and that "hundreds of tonnes of equipment and aid has now been flown into the disaster area by the RAF C-17", pictures of the loads (here and here) show that this is not the whole story.

Pride of place, amongst urgently needed relief equipment, is given to "United Nations vehicles" - er… luxury Land Cruisers.

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