No such thing as the United Nations

Published on Online Journal, by Linda S. Heard, Jan 7, 2009.

I never imagined I would one day agree with that bizarre neoconservative warmonger John Bolton, who was briefly the US ambassador to the United Nations.

In 1994, Bolton was quoted as saying, “There’s no such thing as the United Nations. If the UN Secretariat Building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference.”

I differ from Bolton only on one point. The entire expensive and useless organization founded in 1945 to prevent wars and pursue human rights should be demolished because it has failed to live up to its charter over and over again …

… A fair and just world formed by the true will of all the international community requires a non-elitist body where all nations are empowered with a vote that counts. Moreover, such an organization should not be headquartered in the US where delegates are vulnerable to being browbeaten, threatened, bribed and monitored as occurred in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Instead, a neutral home such as Switzerland or even Dubai should be considered.

In the meantime, Israel continues its bloodletting in Gaza unimpeded while the United Nations will continue to be nothing more than an empty debating society, to borrow an expression from George W. Bush. It needs either a shake-up or a demolition squad. As it stands, it shames us all. (full text).

(Linda S. Heard is a British specialist writer on Middle East affairs. She welcomes feedback and can be contacted by e-mail).

My comment: The point is: the UN were created for the governments, not for the peoples. I say it again and again: governments mainly do not represent the peoples, but only themselves. Governments are an elite’s group, having elitist rules, elitist behaviours, elitist jugements over lower people … should I go on? … and how long it takes us get it? Heidi.

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