The United Nations; anything but a guardian angel of world peace

by tybmmjourno

The United Nations was founded in 1945 after the Second World War to stop the countries of the world from warring against each other. The Second World War had resulted in the loss of millions of lives. The violation of human rights was the highest the hitherto history had seen. The League of Nations that was set up post World War One had failed to fulfill it’s duty of preventing a war similar to the First World War. Post the Second World War an organization similar to the League of Nations, only much more large scale and effective was set up in the form of the United Nations so as to enhance dialogue among the nations of the world.

Though the ideal behind setting up the United Nations was rather beautiful, one cannot help but dig deep into the possible conspiracies that might have gone in behind the setting up of this organization. The purpose behind setting up the United Nations was to promote world peace. However, there have been more wars, more bloodshed and more violence in general after the set up of the United Nations; be it the America’s ‘war on terror’ that killed millions of Iraqis and left another few millions homeless or orphaned or be it the Vietnam War or the Israel-Palestine conflict. The United Nations that was originally set up to ensure world peace has miserably failed to do so.

The five permanent members of the United Nations are the United States of America, China, France, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union. The rest of the countries of the world are members of the United Nations and have the right to participate in the democratic methods of decision making as carried out by the United Nations. The members of the United Nations include all ‘peace loving’ countries from across the world. These include countries with various forms of governments; including monarchies and dictatorships. This means that the people of many countries that have representatives at the United Nations don’t get representation in their own countries in the first place. This kills the entire purpose of the United Nations being the body where a country can represent itself at a global level and carry on dialogue with other countries.

The United States of America is probably the most important member of the United Nations. However, since the cold war that broke out in 1947, America has been involved in numerous conflicts that took place across the world, either directly or indirectly; the attack on Iraq and Afghanistan in the name of War or Terror, the Vietnam War, the first Indochina war, the Greek Civil War, the United States occupation of the Dominican Republic, the Cambodian Civil War and the invasion of Grenada to name a few. The involvement of the most important member of the organization that is supposed to act as a guardian angel of world peace in so many wars, not to name another few terror attacks and drone attacks kills the purpose of having this kind of an organization in the first place.

Maintaining world peace is expensive business; but war means big money. In spite of having an organization that was set up with noble intentions, vested interests play a major role when it comes to the execution of the duties of the United Nations.

Shruti Shenoy