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  •  The dilemma is that we don't have a real UN (4+ / 0-)
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    We see it over and over again. Annan screws up royally in Rwanda, supposedly running peacekeeping operations and telling Canadian general Romeo Delaire to stand down and watch 800,000 people get hacked to death, and then he gets promoted to Secretary General.

    The US (and especially the Republicans) have done all they can to make sure the UN is weak and to undermine the very multilateral institutions we need in these situations. So under Republicans, it's active imperialism. Under Democrats, it's either a more passive variety or actions because there's nobody else to act.

    I saw a funny quote on an Iraqi Facebook page recently. Japanese work ethic: "if someone else can do it, I will do it. If nobody else can do it, I must do it".  Iraqi work ethic: "wallahi, if someone else can do it, let him do it... If nobody can do it, ya habbibi, why are you asking me?"

    Humor aside, I'm receptive to arguing that we're too much like the Japanese work ethic in our foreign policy and too little like the Iraqis.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 06:45:11 AM PDT

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    •  well, we don't have a real UN because the (5+ / 0-)

      "world powers" deliberately set things up so there WOULD be no UN--including even giving themselves unilateral veto power over anything the UN does.

      The first step towards a stable world with a rule of law would be to remove that, and to make the UN a democratic representative body. Right now it is just a fig leaf for the "world powers", particularly the US.

      I agree, though---if chemical weapons are involved, then that's the UN's area of jurisdiction, and it should be their job to do whatever punishment/enforcement needs to be done.  Of course, Russia's veto will end that in a second.

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