Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Heal Thyself

UN Reform Sought to Tackle Global Threats
A panel created by Kofi Annan has come back with a report on reforming the United Nations. The panel's recommendations include authorizing the use of military force to prevent genocide and other atrocities, expanding the security council and recognizing the danger posed by nuclear proliferation and international terrorism, which sounds like a good start to me. I am not sure how likely it is that these reforms will be implemented. There are certain countries that have an interest in blocking any sort of reform that my infringe on the rights of sovereign nations in the name of human rights and they are likely to resist these changes. The United States for its part is unlikely to press for reform since this government does not have any interest in building working international institutions and because of its policies, we are moving towards the posistion of the Red Chinese when it comes to rights of national governments.


At 5:22 AM , Blogger Paloma Esuncuante said...

As for having to authorize militarized force, I will believe it when I see it. Everyone knows the United States (who you know and I know this is directed at) has very little regard for such niceties and without their support of such authorization, it won't make much of a difference. The UN may prove to be as ineffectual at the League of Nations and I don't know how much paper reports will be able to do to prevent this. But I may just be terribly cynical at this point.


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