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Letter: Hope for U.N.

October 23, 2012


To the editor:

I am concerned that celebrating United Nations Day, Oct. 24, will be forgotten as public attention becomes focused upon the November election.

A world without the United Nations would be a more dangerous place. Founded in 1945, the United Nations reflects the idealism of Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt, who envisioned a world organization to promote peace and international cooperation.

The U.N., the town meeting of the world, has its headquarters in New York City. The U.N. Flag is blue, and its center displays a white wreath containing a global outline of the continents.

I am a world federalist. The U.N. is an embryonic world government of about 190 members. For human survival, some national sovereignty must be surrendered to a world federal government, especially in the areas of military power for peacekeeping, pollution control, protection of endangered species and providing resources to mitigate the poverty of much of the world.

It would be very helpful if social studies teachers would teach about the U.N. during United Nations Week, Oct. 24 to 31.


jhawkinsf 5 years, 6 months ago

The United Nations has evolved into a debating society. It has very little real power or authority, nor is there any real desire from the member states to give it that legitimacy. Another, in a long line, of very good ideas, done with the best of intentions, that got bogged down in the day to day reality that is ... us.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 6 months ago

The UN is flawed in many ways, largely because no one (as in the five permanent members of the Security Council who have veto power) really wants to see it truly succeed.

But the simple fact is that for all its flaws, the world is a much safer place than it would be if there were no UN.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 6 months ago

Maybe. I think when people are determined to fight, they're going to and the U.N. is powerless to stop it. Now if you want to say that by bringing food to regions where people are starving, and that by bringing in that humanitarian aid prevents hostilities from breaking out, then I would agree with you. Their response to other natural disasters is equally laudable.

I'm not calling for an end of the U.N. But there is no shame in recognizing what you are good at and focusing your attention on that while simultaneously recognizing that part of what you have been trying to accomplish has not succeeded and that your limited resources would be better spent on the former than on the latter.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 5 years, 6 months ago

All of the member nations should pay their bills to the UN. Our country mostly subsidizes it. That said, the UN is as close to worthless as you can get.

Kate Rogge 5 years, 5 months ago

True the Vote has arranged for UN poll watchers to monitor at risk American poll sites on November 6th at areas of anticipated voter suppression activity, such as an inadequate number of ballots or voting machines and/or incorrect ID instructions, in Florida, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

AMERICAN PROSPECT: True the Vote trains poll watchers to intimidate voters:

UN Group to Monitor U.S. Conservative Poll Watchers:

UN Vote Monitors Draw Outrage from the GOP’s Voter Suppression Groups:

Why are states rights trumpeted over our need to provide for full voter participation and protection of the integrity of national votes in presidential elections? How long will we continue to tolerate this?

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