Time to Dissolve the UN?

Warren Manison
Washington D.C Representative
Unity Coalition for Israel

In the past 95 years, there have been two attempts to establish an authoritarian world organization charged with maintaining international peace and security.  The League of Nations was established in 1922 following WW I and the United Nations (U.N.) was established in 1945 following WWII.  There was a carryover of major parts of the goals of the League into the Charter of the U.N.  Unfortunately, major factors affecting world stability were not considered.  These include an increasing population, competition for resources, ideologically driven turmoil and the inclination of mankind to ignore the Tenth Commandment that “Thou Shall Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Possessions”.    In doing so, the world community disregarded the famous admonitions by George Santayana and Albert Einstein that those who ignore the past are doomed to repeat its failures.  And failure it has been for the League of Nations and now for the United Nations.

The League of Nations was formed in 1922 to fundamentally prevent future wars through collective security and disarmament and to settle international disputes through negotiation and arbitration.  The impetus for its formation was World War 1 that resulted in the deaths of some 18 million civilians and soldiers.   At its zenith in 1935, there were 58 member states.  Its ambitious Charter included obligations to:  adjudicate disputes involving labor conditions, prevent human trafficking, address global health, safeguard prisoners of war and protect minorities in Europe.  The history of the League is replete with failures to achieve these objectives.  It failed to assure that the Treaty of Versailles that ended WWI was implemented with reasonable justice applied to Germany and its WWI allies, regarding reparations.  In effect this failure contributed to the emergence in Germany of the National Socialist Party (NAZI), the re-arming of Germany and to the Second World War.  The League contributed to a near chaotic situation because of poor leadership, confusion and conflicting agreements between its members.   A number of separate Treaties between various nations were negotiated adding to the confusion and furthering fears among some European nations that their future could be compromised.  In 1933, Germany withdrew from the League as did Japan, Italy, Spain, and others.  The onset of WW II exposed the failure of the League to prevent any future world war.  The result was a death toll exceeding 52 million.

The United Nations came into existence in 1945 as a replacement for the failed League of Nations and with a Charter that incorporated many of the objectives of the League.  Like the League, the U.N. has been a failure.  It has not achieved the major goal of both organizations: maintaining international peace and security.  In fact, it has created a false illusion that a world organization can maintain peace and security throughout the world without considering major factors that motivate nations and people and a systemic need for powerful, honest and evenhanded leadership.

The failed history of the U.N. includes:

  • Inaction in the face of an attempt by 5 Arab armies to destroy Israel in 1948 after the U.N. itself advanced a Partition Plan intended to enable Arabs and Jews to live together in peace in the then Palestine. This was its first test for world peace and security and it flunked.
  • No intervention or action when N. Korea attacked S. Korea in 1950 and when N. Vietnam threatened and invaded S. Vietnam in the 1960s. It was the resolve of America to intervene and fight the forces of communism intent on subjugating S. Vietnam and S. Korea.  Only when America took the lead, did the U.N. start participating.
  • Sitting on the sidelines in the 1990s when Yugoslavia disintegrated with resultant chaos and bloodshed, providing only limited humanitarian aid. It took the forces of the USA to bring about a cessation of the conflict and a successful breakup of what was Yugoslavia.
  • No intervention or action when Iraq’s Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990. It took the determined effort by the U.S. to form a Coalition of 30 nations to restore Kuwaiti sovereignty.
  • Lack of leadership to rally the world to support America when we were attacked on 9/11, suffering over 3,000 casualties
  • Not taking a leading role in the Afghanistan/Iraq military action in 2003.
  • Staying aloof from the bloodshed in Syria starting in 2011 that caused the deaths of some 500,000 people, mass migration of Muslims to Europe and resurgence of Russia into the Middle East.
  • Not addressing the threat of Radical Islamic Terrorism emanating primarily from ISIS, which found a home in Iraq once American forces departed.
  • A one-sided effort to bring an end to 68 years of conflict between Arabs/Palestinians and Israel.

Perhaps the worst transgression of its own charter was its inability to blunt the singular drive of one alliance within the U.N. to denigrate and de-legitimize the State of Israel, namely, The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), consisting of 57 Muslim member states.  This Bloc acts like a single minded international organization in its own interest within the U.N

Surprisingly, one voice spoke up illustrating how far the U.N. has gone in ignoring its own Charter and contributing to instability.  This was the voice of the retired former U.N. Secretary-General of the U.N., Ban Ki-Moon who recently stated that the UN is biased against one country – namely Israel.  He pointed out that in the past year, the U.N. has seen fit to pass 22 Resolutions against Israel, while ignoring the tremendous injustice against Syrian civilians, Iran support to world terrorism, and yes, absorption of Tibet by China against the wishes of the Tibetan people.

The history of both intended world peace keeper organizations is abysmal.  The question has to be asked, is it possible to establish a world body powerful enough to maintain peace and stability and yet provide for independence of member states?   The first step has to be recognition that the blueprint for both the League of Nations and the United Nations is a failure.  The second step is to evaluate alternatives drawing upon these failures to consider a world body perhaps consisting only of powerful democratic nations. The third step is to dies-band the U.N. as more of a hindrance to world peace and to rely on the power and strength of America and democracies to maintain peace and stability.   It should also be obvious that unless this issue is addressed and resolved, the 18 million fatalities of WW I, and the 52 million fatalities of WW II could tragically pale in comparison to what the next world war might cause.

Warren Manison
Washington D.C Representative
Unity Coalition for Israel


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