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elrond_halfelven

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#1 11 years ago
Directly after world war two the United Nations was founded. It was an organization that would prevent war crimes, stop genocides and bring peace to the world. This organization no longer exists. Although the laws of the U.N are established, what power do they have to reinforce their laws? The U.N has no military power, no resources and no subjects to rule over. The problem with this is that the U.N has no real power at all. They failed to stop the genocide in Darfur, the Iranian weapon program and the Israel/Lebanon crisis. The U.N accepted these problems but the Security Council could not agree on a solution or were too slow to act. In effect the U.N’s power is purely influential, they have no real power. The new problem the U.N now faces is the North Korean nuclear program. The law clearly states that the possession of Nuclear weapons is illegal. The U.N threatened sanctions, but North Korea threatened that this would be an action of war. In an organization with no military power, they cannot enforce their laws. The answer to the North Korean nuclear program is an immediate stop of all exports to Korea until they disarm their weapons and allow U.N inspections. In an influential organization such a feat must be easy to accomplish. This feat could only be accomplished if all the countries the U.N was a part of agreed to this. One country cannot stand on it’s on against North Korea, except perhaps the United States. The United States is where the U.N’s power lies. As the United States is a global superpower, they are the U.N’s super weapon. The United Nations’ can wield their influence to make America support their ideas. Because the power of the American government relies on public opinion, the government must listen to the U.N, or at least appear to. Propaganda is a powerful weapon when used properly. The U.N uses public opinion towards their advantage. As an organization put in high public esteem, the United States must maintain its public image by listening to the U.N. The United States has become trapped by public opinion, having to think and calculate every maneuver and action. Although the United Nations has lots of influential power it is not enough to make the United States go to war for them. So what is the solution to this problem? How can the United Nations possibly enforce the laws they have created. In effect they can’t. A simple solution that may look good at first glance, is to surrender military power to the United Nations. This would not work, a council of five people commanding the lives of over a hundred million people is simply impossible. And who watches the council? Who would monitor the council that controls this military superpower? The public could not, simply because their loyalties would be divided between different council members and ideas. If the United Nations had a military, what would they do with it? Invade North Korea and confiscate their weapons? Impossible, like Adolph Hitler and Napoleon Bonaparte, who killed anyone that spoke against them or disobeyed their laws, the government would collapse into revolution. The U.N cannot have a military and govern by threat of invasion, nor can they govern effectively by influence. There is no solution to the U.N’s problem. By the time the next threat to the world arrives, like a world war the U.N will collapse as they will have no power to stop any sort of global threat.



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#2 11 years ago

Is this a topic for discussion, or an essay? :p

Either way, well written. I couldn't agree more.




elrond_halfelven

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#3 11 years ago

it's up for discussion, just thought i'd post it. oh and thank you.




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#4 11 years ago

The ideal of a “United Nations” was primarily the brainchild of Franklin D. Roosevelt (president), which he elaborated on during the wartime Allied conferences that took place in Moscow and Tehran in 1943. WWII was a wake up call, and he had hoped that tensions between the US and Russia could be averted if other nations were involved to maintain the peace. US policy at the time, and some will even argue today, was to also act as a “babysitting” organization as America did not want to get involved in another conflict due to European aggression towards itself and her neighbors, hence why in 1945 the US Senate and House of Representatives “requested” that this organization be placed on US soil to ensure its charter was followed. Fast forward to today, and obviously we have been derelict in our duties. A true paper tiger with no diplomatic or military might to accomplish anything – too bad really.




elrond_halfelven

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#5 11 years ago

Another point that i'd like to make is that the five members on the security council of the U.N are also the worlds top 5 largest arms dealers




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#6 11 years ago

That I can't agree with you one bit on. It's pure propaganda, simple as that. When groups do "research" on this issue, they include the multi-million dollar deals like the US selling F-16s to Belgium. Then they turn around and present it as the US giving weapons to assassins and gureillas. We haven't done that since the early '90s!




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#7 11 years ago

good point, i hadn't really thought that much before posting that. Should have checked my sources.




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#8 11 years ago

The UN is a confederacy. Like all confederacies the power isn't in the hands of the federal body but, instead mainly in the hands of the states or nations in this case. That is why the UN is powerless and that is why it will remain powerless until a global nation forms. It may take a hundred or two hundred years but it's going to happen eventually. That will be the only way to end the problems of starving Africans and these little backward countries developing nuclear weapons.




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#9 11 years ago
Bob L. Scrachy;3396248The UN is a confederacy. Like all confederacies the power isn't in the hands of the federal body but, instead mainly in the hands of the states or nations in this case. That is why the UN is powerless and that is why it will remain powerless until a global nation forms. It may take a hundred or two hundred years but it's going to happen eventually. That will be the only way to end the problems of starving Africans and these little backward countries developing nuclear weapons.

This is true in its basic analogy, but it is far more complicated to be sure...lets hope we don't all commit suicide before then.




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#10 11 years ago
AlDaja;3396103The ideal of a “United Nations” was primarily the brainchild of Franklin D. Roosevelt (president), which he elaborated on during the wartime Allied conferences that took place in Moscow and Tehran in 1943. WWII was a wake up call, and he had hoped that tensions between the US and Russia could be averted if other nations were involved to maintain the peace. US policy at the time, and some will even argue today, was to also act as a “babysitting” organization as America did not want to get involved in another conflict due to European aggression towards itself and her neighbors, hence why in 1945 the US Senate and House of Representatives “requested” that this organization be placed on US soil to ensure its charter was followed. Fast forward to today, and obviously we have been derelict in our duties. A true paper tiger with no diplomatic or military might to accomplish anything – too bad really.

The one and only true purpose of the U.N. has been to stop a third world war. To understand how th U.N. works, you have to understand that. That's why the U.N. works the way it does. It gives the major powers great power to influence things by themselves, so they don't become isolated and unapproachable. The U.N was not designed for justice, fairness, neutrality, etc. They are all secondary objectives. It has stopped (so far) a third world war, and that's all it should be expected to do.




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