Here's an interesting article describing a growing role of the UN in Africa. In addition to the 26,000 UN-led forces to be deployed in Darfur, they apparently have 17,000 on the ground in the Congo and 16,000 in Southern Sudan. Interesting that Chinese soldiers will be comprising a small portion of the force.
Hmmm, that's 59,000 UN forces in just the three largest actions they're involved in. Does that make the UN a world power...one that might wind up in conflicts against others, notably Israel, or the US?
While we pray the forces result in peace in the region, it sounds like a situation worth watching closely. Sounds more like Star Wars (and the Revelation of John) all the time...