Why the UN Can't Solve the World's Problems
Footnote: "The problem is not that the major world powers don't care.
They care too much - about their own needs."
November 1814 to June 1815 Congress of
objective of the Congress is a long-term peace plan for Europe by settling
critical issues arising from the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic
Geneva Convention is the first codified international treaty covering
the sick and wounded soldiers on the battlefield.
Covenant of the League
of Nations concept is
1920 League of
Nations sets up headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, originally the home League of
Nations houses the UN Office.
1925 The Protocol for the Prohibition of the Use in War of
Asphyxiating, Poisonous or other Gases, and of Bacteriological Methods of
Warfare, usually called the Geneva Protocol, is a treaty prohibiting
the use of chemical and biological weapons in international armed
"We the peoples of the United Nations
determined to save
succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime
has brought untold sorrow to
mankind, and to reaffirm faith in
fundamental human rights, in
the dignity and worth of the human person, in the
equal rights of
men and women and of nations large and small, and to
establish conditions under which justice
and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and
other sources of international law can
be maintained, and to promote
social progress and better
standards of life in larger freedom, and for these ends
to practice tolerance
and live together in peace with
one another as good neighbors, and to unite our strength to maintain
international peace and security, and to ensure, by the acceptance of
principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used,
save in the common interest, and to employ
international machinery for
the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples, have
resolved to combine our efforts to accomplish these aims
October 24, 1945 The Charter of
the United Nations is ratified by the original five permanent members of the
Security Council: the Republic of China (after 1949, located in Taiwan,
replaced by the People's Republic of China), the Provisional Government of the
French Republic (later replaced by the Fourth Republic and then the Fifth
Republic), the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (later replaced by the
Russian Federation), the United Kingdom, and the United States and a majority
of the other signatories.
When the US Senate ratifies the UN Charter, it
effectively relinquished its authority to declare war -
an authority that has
not been invoked since.
John D. Rockefeller
Jr gives $8.5 million to buy land for the UN.
1948 Hague Congress leads to the creation of the
European Movement International and of the College of
1949 Council of Europe founded
in the wake of World War II to uphold human rights, democracy and the rule of
law in Europe.
The headquarters of the Council of Europe are in
English and French are its two official languages.
The Committee of Ministers, the Parliamentary Assembly
and the Congress of the Council of Europe also use German, Italian, and
|"The most used
germ bomb was a 500-pounder.
Each had several compartments to hold
different kinds of germs. " - US pilot shot down over North Korea
M33 Brucella cluster
THE KOREAN WAR: 3-4 MILLION DEAD
June 25, 1950 "The
Soviet Union could
have prevented the UN action in Korea
simply by exercising veto power as a member of the Security Council.
After all, Kim Il-sung was their puppet.
However, on the day of
the Korea vote, the Soviet delegation was absent.
staged a walkout over
the failure of the UN to seat Red
UN Secretary General Trygve Lie expressly invited Jacob
Malik, Soviet Ambassador to the UN, to attend the Korea vote, but he
Establishment historians refer to this as a "Soviet blunder."
rarely blunder." - James Perloff
US begins a furious bombing
campaign dropping hundreds of thousands of tons of ordnance, much of it napalm,
on North Korea.
1952 North Korea and China allege
the US is using biological or germ warfare weapons against both North Korea and
Captured US pilots tell their captors about the use of
Returned to US custody,
counterintelligence experts interrogate.
Under threat of court
martial they were commanded to renounce their confessions about germ warfare.
They all did so.
International Scientific Commission produces the
"Report of International Scientific Commission for the
Investigation of the Facts Concerning Bacterial Warfare in Korea and
China," which corroborates Chinese and North Korean claims the
US has used biological
weapons in an experimental fashion on civilian populations.
The UK official report on US biowarfare in North
Adlai Stevenson pens Korea
in Perspective the lead article for the April edition of Foreign Affairs.
burden of my argument, then, based on the
meaning of our experience in Korea as I see it, is that we have made historic
progress toward the establishment of a viable system of
collective security." - Adlai
During the Korean
War, 90% of the UN forces are American.
15 other nations send token
contribution of troops.
Tens of thousands of America soldiers die under
the UN flag.
The Korean War is not about victory on either
It is about validating the UN as the designated "peacekeeper."
1953 The 38th parallel division between
North and South Korea is restored to approximately
the dividing line between the Soviet sphere of influence and the American
"In carrying out the instructions of my government, I gained the
unenviable distinction of being the first United States Army commander in
history to sign an armistice without victory." - General Mark Clark
1954 Geneva Conference
decided that Vietnam would be divided at the 17th parallel until 1956, when
democratic elections would be held under international
Discussions on Indochina begin on May 8 the day after the
Viet Minh achieved their decisive victory over the French Union forces at Dien
Secretary of State John Foster Dulles forbade any contact with
the Chinese, refusing to shake hands with Zhou Enlai, the lead Chinese
July 1955 prime minister of the South Vietnam, Ngô
Ðình Diệm, announces South Vietnam will not participate in
elections sparking the Vietnam War.
The Belgian Congo achieved
independence on 30 June under the name Democratic Republic of the
Conflict arises over the administration of the territory
which became known as the Congo Crisis.
The provinces of Katanga,
under Moïse Tshombe, and South Kasai attempted to secede from the
Lumumba turns to the
Soviet Union for help which sets off
panic in London and Washington fearing the Soviets will get a foothold in
Eisenhower holds a National
Security Council meeting in the
one point he turns Allen Welsh Dulles and uses the word "eliminated" in terms
of what he wanted done with Patrice
1961 UN Secretary-General Dag
Hammarskjold is assassinated in the Congo in a plane crash. A UN investigation
in 2015 finds his death to be a political assassination.
crucial role in this investigation were documents (ten letters by a South
African intelligence agency) unearthed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in the
Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the late 1990s.
The name of Allen
Welsh Dulles is directly linked with the plane crash.
Smith claims Dag Hammarskjold was planning to make a historic announcement to
the General Assembly when he returned from the Congo.
At the time the
New Guinea sovereignty dispute raged.
It is speculated by Greg
Poulgrain that Dag Hammarskjold was going to deny both Dutch and Indonesian claims to sovereignty and instead
grant the Papuan people independence.
Vast gold and copper deposits are
found in the mountains of West New Guinea (West Papua).
West Papua: A history of exploitation
Role of Multinational Oil and Mining Companies in the
John F. Kennedy
favored intervention by the UN because it meant he would not have to choose
between Indonesia (whom he needed as a
Cold War ally in
Southeast Asia) and the Netherlands (who were
"Dag Hammarskjöld was
on the point of getting something done when they killed him. Notice that I said
'When they killed him'." - Harry
Truman, September 20, 1961
JFK, Dulles and Hammarskjold
CIA Involvement in the Assassinations of JFK and Dag
See holds sovereignty over the state of Vatican City and maintains
diplomatic relations with 180 other states becomes an observer state.
Holy See gains rights of full membership (except voting) July 1,
1965 UN General Assembly adopts Res. 2131:
"Declaration on the Inadmissibility of Intervention in the Domestic
Affairs of States and the Protection of Their Independence and Sovereignty."
It calls armed intervention, subversion, and all forms of indirect
intervention synonymous with aggression and, for the first time, recognized
"the legitimacy of struggle by
the people under
colonial rules (including occupation) to exercise their rights to
self-determination and independence."
1966 World Health Organization moves into newly
constructed headquarters in
1972 Biological Weapons
Convention effectively bans biological and toxin weapons by prohibiting
their development, production, acquisition, transfer, stockpiling and
1973 Conference on Security and
Cooperation in Europe to established a mechanism for minimizing political
and military tensions between East and West.
US Senate investigated the assassination of Patrice Lumumba and finds Allen
Welsh Dulles was directly involved in instigating the
1979 Soviet troops in Afghanistan
and the Soviet deployment of SS-20 Saber ballistic missiles in Europe lead to
the suspension of détente.
joins the NATO.
1983 NATO members suffer internal
Nations General Assembly adopts Convention against Torture and Other Cruel,
Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
1987 United States and the Soviet Union sign
Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces, eliminating all nuclear and ground-launched
ballistic and cruise missiles with intermediate ranges.
August 19, 1989 Iron Curtain opens between Austria and Hungary
at the Pan-European Picnic.
November 9, 1989
Berlin Wall falls.
1992 Srebrenica is a small silver mining town in eastern
Bosnia about fifteen kilometers from the Serbian border.
Srpska (Serb Republic), created by referendum on the basis of ethnic
segregation of the Serb Autonomous Regions, declares independence.
Bosniak, an ethnic group native to Bosnia
and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia, are in the way of ethnic
The Bosniak are nominally Muslim while the Serbs are
By the end of the year the Vojska Republike Srpske
(Army of Republika Srpska or VRS) occupies seventy percent of Bosnia and
296 villages have been destroyed by VRS.
1993 The Bosniak along with the Army of the Republic of Bosnia
and Herzegovina (ARBiH) flee to Srebrenica swelling the population to
Bosnian Serb (VRS) forces besiege the town.
February 18 Megatons to Megawatts Program signed.
April 18 First group of United Nations Protection Force
(UNPROFOR) troops arrive in Srebrenica.
In the UNPROFOR chain of
command, Dutchbat, a lightly-armed Dutch battalion is expected to operate as an
independent unit with its own logistics.
The ARBiH is never
Bosniaks begin conducting a series of raids against outlying
Serb villages to seize food, weapons,
ammunition and military
Oric's Bosniak ARBiH destroy 50 villages, killing a 1,000
1993 Chemical Weapons
Convention prohibits the large-scale use, development, production,
stockpiling and transfer of chemical weapons and their precursors.
convention has provisions for systematic evaluation of chemical production
facilities, as well as for investigations of allegations of use and production
of chemical weapons based on the intelligence
1994 Bosnian Serb forces are outnumbered
and overextended countrywide.
In a hostage crisis UN personnel are
seized and used as human shields to prevent NATO airstrikes.
destroys the credibility of UN deterrence in Bihac and Sarajevo.
is home to the largest population of Muslims of any predominantly Christian
country on earth.
Concentrated in the Caucasus (Chechnya, Ingushetia, Dagestan,
Circassia, Bashkiria, etc.), Islam's centuries-old settlements and communities
crawl north along both sides of the Volga to Tatarstan, and west to
Russia Defense Minister Pavel Grachev warns Boris Yeltsin
if Chechnya breaks free, there will be
a domino effect in neighboring
"We gave you uranium; you repaid us by bombing
Belgrade." - Putin
June 1995 Ratko Mladic
launches an attack on Srebrenica.
With 100 members Greek Volunteer
Guard, 250 members of the Serb Volunteer Guard and 2,500 reinforcements the
Bosnian Serbs muster 4,000 men for the offensives against Srebrenica and
It is estimated 2,000 VRS take part in the thrust to capture
The Bosniak, not as well-armed, have 4,000 men in town,
about 40% armed.
1,500 are ARBiH, 1,500 are conscripts and 570
July 6 VRS attacks a series of Dutch
observation posts at the southern edge of the Srebrenica
Remaining Bosniak of Srebrenica offer little
100 Dutch soldiers are taken hostage by the
Dutch request NATO bomb Serb positions but request is
9,000 Bosniak are attacked by VRS artillery, armor and small
The few who survive recount
panic stricken men committing
suicide, killing each other, or
drowning while attempting
to cross the Jadar
Many Bosniak surrend to VRS equipped with confiscated UN
vehicles, helmets and uniforms never to be seen again.
July 12 Buses arriving to take Bosniak women and children to
Dutch troops help VRS separate men from the ages
of 15 to 65.
Some men are beaten or killed on the spot, some women are
7000 Bosniaks seeking shelter on the Dutchbat base at Potocari
are handed over to the VRS.
July 16 Driven to the
Branjevo Military Farm groups of 10 men are lined up and shot.
1,000 and 1,200 men are killed at this
execution site this
UN peacekeeping forces are unable to keep peace or prevent
2003 UN suffers another critical blow
to its legitimacy when the US invades Iraq without Security Council
authorization or evidence that the US acted in self-defense under Article 51 of
the UN Charter.
2009 UN peacekeepers begin
supporting military operations conducted by the Congolese armed forces (FARDC)
against the Rwandan rebels of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of
Rwanda (FDLR) in North and South Kivu.
November 29, 2012 Palestine is granted the status of
There are a total of 4 independent nation states not
currently full members of the UN: Taiwan (left the UN when the Republic of
China got its seat); The Holy See; Kosovo;
following dependencies have no rights under the UN Charter:
Samoa (US) Anguilla (GB) Aruba (NL) Bermuda (GB) Bouvet Island (NO) British
Indian Ocean Territory (GB) British Virgin Islands (GB) Cayman Islands (GB)
Christmas Island (AU) Cocos Islands (AU) Cook Islands (NZ) Coral Sea Islands
Territory (AU) Falkland Islands (GB) Faroe Islands (DK) French Guiana (FR)
French Polynesia (FR) French Southern Lands (FR) Gibraltar (GB) Greenland (DK)
Guadeloupe (FR) Guam (US) Guernsey (GB) Heard and McDonald Islands (AU) Hong
Kong (CN) Isle of Man (GB) Jan Mayen (NO) Jersey (GB) Macau (CN) Martinique
(FR) Mayotte (FR) Montserrat (GB) Navassa (US) Netherlands Antilles (NL) New
Caledonia (FR) Niue (NZ) Norfolk Island (AU) Northern Mariana Islands (US)
Pitcairn Island (GB) Puerto Rico (US) Reunion (FR) Saint Helena (GB)
Saint-Pierre and Miquelon (FR) South Georgia (GB) Svalbard (NO) Tokelau (NZ)
Türks and Caicos Islands (GB) US Minor Pacific Islands (US) US Virgin
Islands (US) Wallis and Futuna (FR)
Security Council creates the Force Intervention Brigade (FIB), a unit
within the peacekeeping mission authorized to use offensive force to
"neutralize" armed groups in the Congo.
Force Intervention Brigade military operations have provoked deadly
attacks on UN peacekeepers and escalated violence in the country to its highest
levels in a decade.
FIB has assisted Congolese troops against the
Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) with air reconnaissance,
surveillance drones, aerial
bombardment and support for ground operations.
Governments in a fragile
position like this must focus less on neutralizing hydra-headed rebellions and
more on co-opting groups to divide rivals.
UN Group of Experts on the
Democratic Republic of the Congo found FARDC stocks continued to represent
the main source of supply of weapons and ammunition for armed groups.
Smuggling activities in the
tantalum and tungsten sector
continued to represent an obstacle.
NATO use of depleted
uranium in bombing Yugoslavia was ecocide
like for the US to have a 're-set' with the whole world, so that the 're-set'
was general, so that we could gather together and reconfirm our commitment to
the UN Charter, to the principles embodied in it, including non-interference in
internal affairs, respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity and the
right of peoples to self-determination, the right of
peoples to choose their own future without interference from outside."- Sergey
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