Month: October 2013

Is the UN credible?

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Umair Butt

The United Nations is no longer effective

The recent wars and interventions by the west in the Middle East bypassing the United Nations that has seriously raised the question of its credibility and its role.

Aristotle once said, “Man is a social animal”. It is in the nature of man to live in groups. Thus the families are made (the phenomenon of family system evolved), colonies are developed and man creates it identity. It identifies itself with different nations, tribes and ‘now in modern times’ countries. The book of man’s history is full with creations, inventions and love for the mankind simultaneously some of the pages are being smelled with the blood of man.

“Man is a social animal”

The fights between the nations and countries had forced to create such organisation where the mutual tussles and conflicts can be settled without pouring the blood of mankind. Broadly speaking, it was felt that there should be such an organisation that can guarantee the world peace and where the serious matters among the nations can be solved without waging the wars against each other.

United Nations is the pragmatic picture of that need. As a human being is filled with faults, same as an organisation that was being created by the will and minds of human beings could not escape by committing faults ‘intentionally or unintentionally’.

‘bloodiest history’

United Nations was formed in 1945. The time of creation of the organisation was amongst the bloodiest history of the human being. United Nations was not the sole attempt or struggle to deal and solve the conflicts among the nations however, in 1945, when the world witnessed the sunset of the World War 2, which took millions of human lives. That brutality and war atrocities in World War 2, forced the world to create such an organisation that could prevent human from blood shed, devastation and catastrophe in future.

Pakistan became the member of the United Nations in September 30, 1947, 46 days after its creations. This newly born nation was trying to sustain its existence from chaotic atmosphere around when it faced a war with its counterpart newly yet stable state India on the issue of Kashmir.

Kashmir Conflict’

After stopping the war, a resolution in United Nations was passed to conduct referendum in Kashmir that to whom with Kashmiri people would want to accede.  The resolution was accepted by both the stake holders, Pakistan and India.But after 66 years of the UN resolution, it is still needed to be implemented while Pakistan and India are still on the verge of war due to this Kashmir conflict.

Kashmir Issue is not just the one that has been remained unsolved by UN yet Palestine-Israel conflict, ethnic cleansing in Africa, Iraq War, killings of Muslims of Myanmar and now the Syrian civil war are exposing the dead failures of United Nations. It is obvious that these issues not only show the weakness of UN’s capability to implement its resolution however people around the world vehemently assume that UN is the puppet of some certain powers and it has nothing to do with the peace in the world.

Palestinians after the birth of Israel are facing deterioration in every sphere of their lives. Palestinians cannot even get their butter and bread, the basic needs of life without the will of the Israel. Their homes are being demolished, they are depriving of their territory, and worst misery is, there is no shelter for them.

Palestinians are looking towards the world ‘UN’ still with hope but after the sixty years, the bureaucracy of the United Nations and the so-called champions of the human rights; pay no attention towards the brutalities of Israel. Israel is violating the humanitarian laws and making the life of Palestinians more miserable day by day however, it is considered the most respectful  and crucial member of the United Nations.

On the one hand we see that how Iran is under economic and political sanctions by UN while there are 39 resolutions against Israel that have been vetoed by America. This is why this perception is prevailed in the world that United Nation is the puppet of the sole super power United States and it compromises with its obligations and duties for what it was created more than six decade ago.

The irony is this that when America and its ally United Kingdom invaded Iraq on the cause that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction; they did not get consent from United Nations and bypassed Security Council. The world is witnessed that there were no WMD were found even UNO’s own Inspectors did not verified the existence of WMDs however thousands of civilians had lost their lives under the aggression of champions of human rights’ in the world. And we see that how UN surrendered against the might of USA.

Iraq invasion by the ‘powers’ had destroyed the credibility of the United Nations badly and alarmed the world that the world is no more under the peace clouds and ‘peace’ can be shattered and destroyed by the major powers anytime. This is very alarming and pathetic that majority of the people think that the world has no more such a platform where issues are addressed affectively and solved.