In the run-up to the 2006 elections in Haiti, anxiety was running high. Kidnappings happened daily, gunfire was constant, and the UN only seemed to be making things worse. The people eventually chose a president and legislature without the violence expected by the international community, leaving many to wonder why the UN and their tanks and guns remain a constant presence in the country. Many Haitians shared this sentiment, questioning the need for such a show of force. Others, however, said the international attention was the only thing keeping their neighborhoods safe.