An Another Democrat Failure – The UN

The UN is supposed to be the international organization to maintain peace and prevent wars.  Yet since it was created by Franklin Roosevelt and the Democrats in 1945, it has failed to achieve the purpose for which it was created.

The Ukrainian Crisis is another example of just how ineffective and archaic the UN is.   Rather than mobilize the world to condemn Putin’s aggression, the UN does nothing.  They have not even been a factor in the crisis discussions because world leaders recognize that it is a powerless and ineffective organization.

It was Democratic President Woodrow Wilson during World War I who proposed a world peace organization to prevent future wars.  In his Fourteen Points for peace, Wilson advocated having a League of Nations.   Wilson pressed for it at the Versailles Conference and it was accepted grudgingly because many world leaders didn’t believe it wouldn’t work.  It turned out that the disbelievers were correct.  Japan, Italy and Germany carried out aggression while the League debated and well, debated.  It had no way to prevent wars and World War II made a mockery of the League of Nations.

In 1945 FDR, who was Secretary of the Navy under Wilson, revived the idea of a world peace organization.  He called it the United Nations.  Yet it had many of the same flaws as the League of Nations.  The Security Council of the UN allows one veto to kill any and all actions the UN may wish to undertake.  Russia has used that veto power often since 1945.  Also its principal source of preventing aggression is economic sanctions.  The problem is that it takes a long time for economic sanctions to take effect.   As with the League of Nations, many nations ignore the sanctions and continue to trade with aggressive nations.

A cost/benefit analysis would clearly show that the UN is not worth the money spent on it.  What has the UN done to prevent the Ukrainian Crisis?  What has it done to punish the aggression of Putin?  What has it done? Like the League it debates and well, debates.


About camden41

Retired public school administrator Retired history professor: Taught Western Civilization, American Civil War, United States History, Economic History, Ancient & Medieval Foundations, American History Since 1945
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