The Way Things Are Going WW3 Can Originate In The Middle East With No Problems. With A Little Help From The UN
Dan Majestic writes from New York: Another massacre in Syria and more hot air is produced at the United Nations headquarters and beyond it.
The moment first reports about the ‘massacre’ in the village of Tramaseh hit the news wires and got TV news channels all excited, politicians and diplomats sprang into action, reminding the world how concerned they are with the conflict in Syria and the ruthless way President al Assad’s regime is suppressing the uprising there. At the UN itself Western diplomats were once again making it look as if the UN Security Council could have resolved the crisis easy peasy – if not for Russia and China that are supposedly blocking all attempts by the international community, whatever that term means these days, to hit President al Assad with another resolution and force him to comply with Kofi Annan’s six point peace plan. As if this plan could be implemented by just one side in the conflict, i.e. the Syrian government, and does not need the cooperation of the other side, the opposition, which is committing some pretty hideous atrocities of its own.
The problem with the UN is that it has been unfit for purpose for the past twenty years at least. It was a good talking shop at the time of the Cold War when both sides feared each other and used the UN solely for propaganda purposes and to let off steam. They scored political points while their respective allies in the Third World were using the organisation to win more dollars or roubles in aid. Everyone knew that no serious regional conflict could be possible because the two opposing superpowers, the US and the Soviet Union, would simply not allow this to happen, fearing that it could trigger a nuclear war between them. (Arab Spring would have been unthinkable during the Cold War.)
But now the times have changed and the UN caters for the interests of just one side, the US and it closest allies. And that means that the whole franchise has lost its sense of purpose and needs to stop. Regional organisations should be set up and strengthened with money, to contain any regional conflicts, while on the international level there needs to be a rapid response humanitarian force that could quickly descend on any nation in trouble and help the civilian population that always becomes the first victim of any war or revolution.
International diplomats have always been incompetent at solving crises. That is why the UN needs to be either closed down for good, to the horror of New York’s Mayor, as it will deprive his budget of tens of billions of dollars, or it should be slimmed down and opened in, say, Somalia or Ethiopia, to be closer to the people’s suffering that it purports to deal with.
Syria is just another example of the UN’s incompetence and inability to act quickly and decisively. It took about ten months for it to wake up to the crisis in Syria and by then it was too late. Then the UN found nothing better to do but to take sides in the conflict, dancing to the tune played by Washington where foreign policy is formulated by a bunch of amateurs headed by Hillary Clinton, who is to international affairs what a blow job is to a conversation. Already, thanks to Washington and some of its Western allies, the Middle East and North Africa resembles a dream that Al Qaeda had been nurturing for decades, with Muslim fanatics running the show in countries that were previously stable and secure. And if things continue as they are, we will have a third world war originating in the Middle East.
The time of the incompetent and corrupt UN has come to end. The world is far too unstable now to let it run things.