ryguy wrote:The United Nations represents everything that's wrong with the world today. Political-correctness and "inclusiveness" to the nth degree of stupidity. What a corrupt and idiotic organization.
Not to mention uber-corruption with no accountability. In fact, IMO, the very fact that there is no way to hold UN bureaucrats accountable is precisely why there is so much corruption!
My suggestion for this thread is people chime in and describe those aspects of the UN that allow it to be such a failed and dysfunctional organization. I will start with my "favorite" bad idea:
Singe country veto of resolutions of the Security Council.
As I understand it, this was meant to "act" similar to our US presidential veto power. However, one big problem with this idea is that the Security Council is not a single, accountable person like the President who can be thrown out of office by the electorate. It is much more like the House or the Senate because it is a body of individuals, each with different perspectives on an issue. Therefore, any sort of veto power should be similar to Congressional power to override a Presidential veto: A majority of members should be able to override a minority's wish to kill a resolution.
The USA has used its veto power to put a stop to a lot of things, most ostensibly resolutions against Israel. While some of those attempted resolutions I did not agree with, it is my belief that they should have lived or died by a majority, and if Israel got sanctioned, so be it. Because, what we see now is Russia and China using their threat of veto power against any meaningful punishment of Iran. They are giving us a dose of our own medicine, and who can say we don't deserve it? Of course when you look at the history of vetoes, the former Soviet Union has the highest tally, with almost half of all vetoes cast.
The single-state veto has done more to allow the UN Security Council to DO NOTHING when SOMETHING really needed to be done, and that is exactly what is going on with Iran right now. It never should have been setup this way, and I think it has to change if we ever hope the UN to be an actual representative body for world affairs.