Pro-UNers-- Wouldn't the UN be effective or useful if they put their minds together and actually came up with long-term solutions to problems such as Africa, warlord govts, starvation--
Phew. Thats quite the shopping list. You know of any government, no matter how just, wise and powerful, that ever came close to coming up with such?
Asking an organisation with, what Walter said, a budget 1/4 of the size of NYC's, to solve all the Problems of the World - and then call it a powerless scam if it turns out to be unable to do that - sounds like a set-up to me.
rather than just be overpaid newsboys. As it is--the need for the UN seems obselete, unless they can provide a service that isn't duplicated.
"That isn't duplicated"? OK, lets try. Sofia, do you know of anyone else who would be ready, willing and able to
- maintain peacekeeping missions, accepted by both or all previously warring parties, to secure ceasefires in dozens of countries around the world, varying from Cyprus to Eritrea (some of which without any geostrategical or economical value)?
- provide food and shelter to millions of refugees and internally displaced people in tent camps and makeshift settlements around the world?
- provide emergency food support when drought and hunger threatens to kill millions in some of the most remote (and strategically "valueless") countries and regions?
- gain access to nuclear installations in countries as 'closed' as Iran, to monitor the development of nuclear weapons?