Vice President Joe Biden was sent out on the campaign trail to repeat the mantra daily: And while a new tower rises above the New York skyline, al Qaeda is on the path to defeat, and Osama bin Laden is dead.
Share6 Shares 1K Formed at the conclusion of World War II, the United Nations seeks to maintain international security and peace, while developing friendly relations amongst nations.
Consisting of members for nowthe UN has been largely successful in ending various conflicts and wars. Despite their success, they have also witnessed a number of catastrophic failures, resulting in millions of innocent civilian deaths.
Below are ten failures of the UN since its inception. The United Nations condemned the action, but failed to take any further action.
These terrorist acts continued throughout the remainder of the twentieth century, with no reaction from the UN; a simple condemnation was as far as they would go.
Unfortunately, this applied only to Al Qaeda and the Taliban. State-funded terrorist programs—such as Hamas, Hezbollah, and Mossad—were unaffected. Nations that support groups that are widely linked to terrorism, such as Iran, are not held accountable specifically for these actions.
To this date, the UN still does not have a clear definition of terrorism, and they have no plans to pursue one. Inthe nuclear non-proliferation treaty was signed by nations, including five nations that admitted to owning nuclear weapons: Despite this treaty, nuclear stockpiles remain high, and numerous nations continue to develop these devastating weapons, including North Korea, Israel, Pakistan, and India.
The failure of the non-proliferation treaty details the ineffectiveness of the United Nations, and their inability to enforce crucial rules and regulations on offending nations. In the final months of the war, the opposing sides were fighting in the heavily populated northeast coastline, a designated safe zone.
The fighting forcedpeople to flee, and trapped over 50, civilians. To the oppressed, the blue helmets of UN peacekeepers represent stability and safety. Unfortunately, this was not the case in numerous countries in the s.
Reports from Bosnia, Kosovo, Cambodia, Haiti, and Mozambique revealed a shocking trend; areas with peacekeeping forces saw a rapid rise in child prostitution. Often, soldiers would reward the children with candy or small sums of money, so they could claim the sexual relationship was prostitution rather than rape.
Senior officials in the United Nations refused to condemn the peacekeepers, as they feared this public shaming would discourage nations from joining peacekeeping forces. The other ten nations are elected to serve two-year terms. The five permanent members enjoy the luxury of veto power; when a permanent member vetoes a vote, the Council resolution cannot be adopted, regardless of international support.
Even if the other fourteen nations vote yes, a single veto will beat this overwhelming show of support.
The most recent use of the veto was by China and Russia, on July 19th, But the vetoes by China and Russia halted any international intervention.
Since the Syrian Civil War began, an estimated 60, civilians have been killed, with thousands more displaced.
After an ethnic cleansing campaign led by the Serbs targeted the Bosniaks, a largely Muslim community, the United Nations designated Srebrenica a safe-zone in Militarized units in the zone were forced to disarm, and a peacekeeping force was put in place, consisting of six hundred Dutch soldiers.
The Serbs then surrounded the safe-zone with tanks, soldiers, and artillery pieces. With the zone surrounded, supply lines were slow-moving at best. The UN forces were running low on ammunition, fuel, and food, as the Serbs continued to build an army around Srebrenica.
In July, Serbian forces invaded the area, forcing the small UN team back. As many as 20, Bosniak refugees fled to the UN compound in Potocari, seeking protection from the advancing Serbs.
Despite the UN peacekeeping force present, Serbian soldiers entered the camp, raping Bosniak women and murdering freely while the Dutch peacekeepers did nothing.
By July 18th, 7, Bosniaks were dead, due largely to an ill-equipped and unprepared UN force. Any suspected enemies were executed, including professionals and intellectuals. Ethnic Vietnamese, Ethnic Chinese, and Christians were executed en masse.
Inthe Vietnamese army invaded Cambodia to oust the Khmer Rouge and end the massacre. Pol Pot was forced in exile, and a new government was put in place in Cambodia. Shockingly, the United Nations refused to recognize this new government because it was backed by Vietnam, which had recently ended a decade-long conflict with the United States.
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