CIMUN Chronicle / Article / 1994

Editorial: The United Nations is already failing

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The U.N. is at risk of dying in its infancy.

Just three years into its existence, the world is under threat of yet another major international war. What happens next will well determine whether the U.N. can withstand the test of time, or whether it shares the fate of the ill-fated League of Nations.

Currently, the situation is not favorable.

The potential for war lies in the Middle East. As even members of President Truman’s administration have admitted, war has broken out between Zionists and Palestinians over the future of Palestine. The declaration of the state of Israel has flared tensions to a critical point, at the risk of losing Arab lives and lands. This is likely going to escalate the Arab League to confrontation.

Meanwhile, the U.S. and U.K. have recklessly promised full military and economic support for Israel, threatening to drag their countries into a Middle Eastern war despite their own recovering domestic situations having just fought in WWII. All because Palestine is under contest, failure for either side to back down would create a disaster that could label the U.N. as another failure for only trying to achieve world peace.

Rather than immediately addressing the crisis, the Security Council has been indecisive, distracting itself with other agenda topics. This ineffectiveness should not be surprising given that it is a bureaucratic institution too weak to actually resist western interests. This could not be seen more clearly than by the fact that the U.N. still refuses to recognize our country of Spain—a country with more than 1,000 years of history and is credited with being the founder of the modern age. They ignore us while recognizing communists like Poland and the Soviet Union.

If the U.N. is not even capable of recognizing a country as significant as ours, how can it be expected to maintain world peace?

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