At no time since its inception forty-five years ago has the nature or concept of the United Nations Peace-Keeping Force, of peace-keeping, been as open to redefinition as it is at this juncture. As the number of peace-keeping operations increases, our perception of the essence of peace-keeping changes from what it was during the first four decades of the United Nations' growth. In many different ways over a broad span of time, the United Nations has struggled to neutralize vengeance wherever and whenever is could. Recent developments, as in Somalia, have called for actiona at once that minimizes conflicts while simultaneously preventing further deterioration of the humanitarian situation. Expanding the parameters within which peace-keeping must work as allowed us to better prevent and alleviate tense situations around the world.