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The UN Pretending to Oppose War for 70 Years

Wars and sanctions! The U.N. hammer of choice!


by David Swanson

The United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals don’t just ignore the fact that development isn’t sustainable; they revel in it. One of the goals is spreading energy use. Another is economic growth. Another is preparation for climate chaos (not preventing it, but dealing with it). And how does the United Nations deal with problems? Generally through wars and sanctions.

This institution was set up 70 years ago to keep nations, rather than a global body, in charge, and to keep the victors of World War II in a permanent position of dominating the rest of the globe. The UN legalized “defensive” wars and any wars it “authorizes” for whatever reason. It now says drones have made war “the norm,” but addressing that problem is not among the 17 goals now being considered. Ending war is not among the goals. Disarmament isn’t mentioned. The Arms Trade Treaty put through last year still lacks the United States, China, and Russia, but that’s not among the 17 concerns of “sustainable development.”

Saudi Arabia’s “responsibility to protect” Yemen by murdering its people with U.S. weapons isn’t at issue. Saudi Arabia is busy crucifying children and heading up the UN’s Human Rights Council. Meanwhile U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the Foreign Minister of Turkey have declared that they will start addressing the full “lifecycle” of young people who become “terrorists.” Of course, they’ll do so without mentioning the U.S.-led wars that have traumatized the region or the by now long established record of the global war on terrorism producing terrorism.

I’m happy to have signed this letter, which you, too, can sign below:

To: U.N. Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon

The U.N. Charter was ratified on October 24, 1945. Its potential is still unfulfilled. It has been used to advance and misused to impede the cause of peace. We urge a rededication to its original goal of saving succeeding generations from the scourge of war.

Whereas the Kellogg-Briand Pact forbids all war, the U.N. Charter opens up the possibility of a “legal war.” While most wars do not meet the narrow qualifications of being defensive or U.N.-authorized, many wars are marketed as if they meet those qualifications, and many people are fooled. After 70 years isn’t it time for the United Nations to cease authorizing wars and to make clear to the world that attacks on distant nations are not defensive?

The danger lurking in the “responsibility to protect” doctrine must be addressed. Acceptance of murder by armed drone as either non-war or legal war must be decisively rejected. To fulfill its promise, the United Nations must rededicate itself to these words from the U.N. Charter: “All Members shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and justice, are not endangered.”

To advance, the United Nations must be democratized so that all people of the world have an equal voice, and no single or small number of wealthy, war-oriented nations dominate the UN’s decisions. We urge you to pursue this path.

World Beyond War has outlined specific reforms that would democratize the United Nations, and make nonviolent actions the primary activity engaged in. Please read them here.

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7 Responses to "The UN Pretending to Oppose War for 70 Years"

  1. hebgb  September 29, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    The president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev’s speech (perhaps as a Russian proxy) at the UN was astounding. It was probably more prescient than any other in the last two days. He made some recommendations to the UN which, when coupled with Mexico’s and France’s suggestions to severely limit the Security Councils veto power, seem to indicate that the American Empire is over.
    Not trying to be spammy, but I’ve written about it here:
    Putin, in his interview with Charlie Rose, stated that the UN needed to undergo some changes, too.

  2. ayelyahbenjamin  September 29, 2015 at 3:52 am

    UN website claim~ What We Do – Maintain International Peace and Security, Protect Human Rights, Uphold International Law… epic fail on all counts…
    The League of Nations folded after failing to prevent the Second World War …. The UN framework is a farce, a sick joke, a roadblock to peace and a gatekeeper for war 2 years after it formed its “formers” amorally have Palestine partitioned on a map that is still moving (with Jerusalem to remain as an international zone to be enjoyed by all religious faiths.) almost 70 years later and the results speak …the UN platform was designed to portray having a final say… nations will continue uniting and building a better world behind its spineless back

  3. Aziz Khalfan  September 29, 2015 at 1:55 am

    The 70th Annual Convocation of the Inept ad Freeloaders.

  4. Aziz Khalfan  September 29, 2015 at 1:28 am

    Total abolition would be the best solution.

  5. captain obvious  September 28, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    the darn near first act of the “United NAZI-ons” was to support terrorists.
    3/4 million people terrorized and forcibly evicted, with the land handed over to terrorists,
    so they could name it “izrahell” that has been terrorizing ever since and is magically immune to ANY punishment no matter how outrageously criminal.
    the District of Criminals, also terrorists, with a “do what we say OR ELSE!” tude.

    • Aziz Khalfan  September 29, 2015 at 1:31 am

      The same brush was even used to paint both the United Nazion and the Israhell flags.

  6. davor  September 28, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Absolutely, it was a third level of the “United” ideology, 1. United Kingdom, 2. United States and 3. United Nations. United Nations are a private golf and dining club preaching human rights for anglo-american war campaigns.

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