Rock of Steel!

by | Apr 24, 2009

Some good news from the UN in the DR Congo:

The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) said today that most of the objectives of its joint military operation with the Congolese Armed Forces against armed groups in the north-east of the vast country have been achieved.

The operation, launched earlier this month and code-named “Rock of Steel” is intended to neutralize the remaining forces of the Front for Patriotic Resistance of Ituri, known under its French acronym FPRI, and other illegal armed groups in the area.

Hold it, hold it: the UN is running operations with names like “Rock of Steel”? Now that’s what I call robust peacekeeping.  But where on earth did they get that name from?  A quick google suggests only one option: “Lady in a Rock n’Roll Hell”, from Warlock’s 1990 “Triumph and Agony” album:

I need a man
A rock of steel
No ‘blue jean baby’ at my chariot wheel
I need a man of action
Ready to set me free

Peacekeeping rocks!


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