My response to this would be

My response to this would be excessively long, and perhaps it would be better suited as it's own thread. I'll think about it, but I've already overstayed in here.

So, very quickly...

I have described the UN process here as "flawed" and "imperfect", which is clearly true, and quite possibly an understatement, but that doesn't mean that it should be abandoned. The institution can only be strengthened by correct actions properly executed. Right now, that means filtering all possible responses through the security council and, through the five permanent members... which has been mostly a catastrophe. In this case it functioned, I can only imagine that happened because of the full moon.

For critics who claim that the UNSC is not democratic enough because of the permanent members, the vetoes, the fait accompli process, well, the general assembly is mostly made up reps from nations who are not free democracies either, so there is no democratic solution at this point in history, only a slow process toward that outcome.

A renewed commitment to reforming this institution will require that nations and their people see a role for the UN in conflict resolution. At one time that was the blue helmets, but that symbol has become a bit sullied in recent years (Srebrenica, Rwanda, etc.). Libya is an interesting test case for a new role, one that confirms the responsibility to protect and at the same time represents a real warning to other nations (think Syria, Iran) who’s populations might be coming to a boil, ruled by regimes that resort to violent repression as a first response.

One thing I am convinced of is that inaction will surely lead to a weakened and ever more useless squabble house.

UN reforms I would like to discuss elsewhere:

  • Doing away with the “permanent” status of members of the SC
  • Move to a “ranked membership system” in the general assembly using classification of nations rated by commitments kept to treaties, individual freedoms and democracy.


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