The United Nations (UN) is an international organization whose stated aims are facilitating cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress, human rights, and achievement of world peace.
The above is the Wikipedia definition (accessed on 24th March, 11:40am) of United Nations and the work it does. I am sure all of you must have studied about the United Nations and its mission, goals and objectives while at school. Or if not been to school, you may have read about it somewhere. All of you can be forgiven for thinking that UN has closed down because interestingly it hasn’t been able to do anything useful over the past decade and more.
The first two charters of the UN mandate “To maintain international peace and security (and if necessary to enforce the peace by) taking preventive or enforcement action”. Have these mandates really been followed when US attacked Iraq or invaded Afghanistan? Where was the UN when US along with its NATO allies decided to just bomb Libya from the top when they know that doing so can kill civilians in large numbers? Where was UN when many US soldiers were indicted after the “Collateral Damage” video showing them enjoying the killings of news reporters and journalists was shown to the world by Wikileaks? Where was UN when the US couldn’t find the WMDs they had attacked Iraq for? Where was the UN when Osama was nowhere to be found but US kept using drone missile strikes on Afghanistan and Pakistan?
The bitter truth is that UN has become a puppet organization which has become irrelevant in today’s world. 22% of the budget is contributed by the US and this is used by them as a means to manipulate the function of the organization. When the US had to attack Iraq or Afghanistan or Libya, they didn’t even care who voted against them in the Security Council. They just told UN “We are attacking them. You better get that into your head.”
The other divisions of the UN include Unicef, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Atomic Energy Agency, International Monetary Fund etc. The irony is that despite the presence of such divisions which have been created to protect our rights, troubles, problems and everything wrong that pervades the world, there is nothing they have been able to do other than releasing documents about growth rates (IMF), food issues (FAO), atomic inspections in Iran and Iraq (which were crap) etc. Interestingly even the UN peacekeepers across Africa, many of whom are Indians are not even cared of by the people in these countries. The biggest example is the recent disasters in Congo where no one cared for the UN peacekeepers.
After all this, do you really wonder, India needs to fight for its place in the Security Council? I personally think UN needs to be shutdown in today’s world because it has become a completely puppet organization rather than anything else!