The UN question

September 22, 2006

Guardian Unlimited
| Special reports | Defiant Bush appeals to people of Middle East

Mr Ahmadinejad[‘]s speech only once directly referred to the United States, but was infused throughout with criticism of the “exclusionist policies” of what he called the “hegemonic power” and its grip over the UN through its membership of the security council.

“The question needs to be asked: if the governments of the United States or the United Kingdom who are permanent members of the security council, commit aggression, occupation and violation of international law, which of the organs of the UN can take them to account?” he said.

Without having heard the rest of the speech, I think I can answer this one question.

None of them. The UN has been compromised by the “great powers” since the moment of it’s inception. It’s reliant on cooperation from its members (A “System 7” style of international goverment, if you like, Mac geeks).

Of course it would be possible to do something about it, but oddly enough, everyone chooses not to. Which is a bit of a problem, because we need a strong, fair forum where everyone can get together and work together on the rather pressing problems facing humanity at the moment.

[edited 25-9-2006 to zap an errant apostrophe]

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2 Responses to “The UN question”

  1. Gospodin_I Says:

    Unfortunately I can’t see this happening.

    Realism is the name of the game in International Relations. If big powerfull countries don’t like something there’s no power on Earth that can make them do it.

    Same here – why would they want to cede power when they can keep it for themselves?

    The good point to make here would be to “give them an incentive to do it”. I don’t think there’s any other way.

  2. otan2 Says:

    That’s the big question all right. And I have no idea what that incentive would be.


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