United Nations Security Council Is Unsuccessful in Keeping Peace

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United Nations Security Council Is Unsuccessful in Keeping Peace

The threat of a nuclear attack on the USA has become a common topic after terrorist attacks on September 11. A lot of people have been talking about a missile defense system for the US. With the kinds of terrorist attacks being executed today, who knows what will come next. Some people worry that next time it will be a nuke knocking on Uncle Sam's door instead of a few misguided Al-Queda pilots flying bombs. Did you know that there actually is a protection agency out there who's task is to keep peace in the world? It is hard to tell because they are not successful very often, and more times than not they come to the US for aid, instead of providing it. This agency is
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Very rarely the council actually does force the offender to back off through military might, even going as far as to authorize "any means necessary" to quell violence (United).

This all sounds perfect, but what is United Nations really accomplishing today? Is the UN still able to cope in the twenty-first century? Recently, Rob Watson interviewed Mr. Richard Holbrooke, the United States ambassador to the UN. In the interview Mr. Holbrooke criticized the command structure and communications of the UN and insisted that the peacekeeping department needed a militant foundation to enforce its decisions. Mr. Holbrooke said that the department is "stretched to the bone" with only 400 New York based staff (Watson). With the proper funding and the trained personnel it badly needs, the UNs peacekeeping department could quickly shape into an effective unit.

Right now, though, the UN can not possibly cope with the many current problems throught the world. Israel is bombing Palestine, the US is trying to recover from terrorist attacks, while bombing Afghanistan sense-less, and Africa is still torn by war. Many member states view the shortage of funding and troops, which they claim would help the UN to end the fighting, as the United states fault. That is understandable because the US has the most to gain by UN Aid in eliminating the terrorists and helping one of our closest allies. Yet, it seems instead as though the UN is trying to preserve the very

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