Un Peacekeeping Failure

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In the source, Doug Brooks the Founder and President of International Stability Operations Association states that the only countries that provide peacekeeping services during conflicts are among the poorest countries within the world, therefore there is no surprise why the UN peacekeeping keeps failing. Many individuals would argue that the United Nations in many situations has not done enough to resolve crises with the use of peacekeeping services since on occasion it fails and ends the lives of thousands in the process. Also, many automatically think that only the poorest countries provide peacekeeping services since they make up the majority of the troops. However, the majority of the financial support for the UN nation’s peacekeeping …show more content…
The times that peacekeeping has been successful should overrule the failures because peacekeeping is necessary in our world in order to control universal safety. The crisis that sparked the movement of a different approach to peacekeeping was the Suez Canal crisis. The UN’s action to maintain peace in 1956 was a response to the destruction caused by WWII. The Suez Canal is a privately owned canal which links the Red and Mediterranean Sea which was built in the 19th century. During the time, it was owned by British and French company and was extremely beneficial because goods such as oil could move between Asia and Europe quickly and cheaply. The ships that passed through the canal paid fees for using the canal and the profits went to the company’s shareholders. However, later the Egyptian government seized the canal because the government believed that it was in national interest that the country would benefit from the canal rather than company 's shareholders. As a result, Israeli, British, and French forces invaded the Canal Zone while the Soviet Union supported Egypt and all of sudden the world was at risk of another war. Lester B. Pearson, Canada’s minister of external affairs, proposed that the UN send an emergency force to maintain peace. Therefore, the UN sent an emergency force to keep peace in the Canal Zone while diplomats negotiated a resolution. The force was made up of soldiers from various countries. Eventually the hostile countries withdrew and a peaceful solution was found. (5) At the time, the UN was the only one willing to step in and attempt to stop the conflict by resolving the crisis through negotiation and diplomacy. Without the UN’s interference in the Suez Canal crisis, another war could have sparked ultimately resulting in thousands of deaths. The war could have also continued for years

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