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What Are the International Groups Doing?

Updated on April 12, 2017
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Jack is currently a volunteer at the Westchester County Archives. Jack has worked at IBM for over 28 years on museums and libraries.

Introduction

We have a variety of international groups that were formed to maintain peace and assist with poverty and defend human rights. Where are they when the rubber meets the road? It is curious how atrocities seems to happen around the world and yet, for one reason or another, these groups cannot get their act together.

- Apr. 2017

Who Are Some of the Groups

Let me identify these groups by name.

  • the United Nations including UNHCR
  • the EU
  • NATO
  • Amnesty International
  • Human Rights Watch
  • WHO
  • World Court
  • International Federation for Human Rights
  • the Vatican
  • Council of Churches
  • Gates Foundation
  • Red Cross

Syrian Refugee Crisis

The civil war in Syria has been going on for several years. It has lead to the death of many people on both side of the conflict and numerous civilian casulties. It has also created the largest refugee crisis in modern times. Recently, chemical weapons were used contrary to international laws. Yet, nothing seems to be improving. The question is why?

What is it about this problem that seems so illusive? What are we missing? Why all the international organizations both public and private seems so impotent? Who is at fault? Why can't we fix it as a group of civilized people?

Where are the good people? Where are the brave people? Where are the honest people? Where are the compassionate people? Where are the religious people?

Something is Not Working

It is obvious to anyone that something is amiss. The fact that we, as a species, cannot live together in harmony and put a stop to atrocities that are comitted in Syria is a travesty.

If all these international organizations cannot do anything here? What good are they? After WWII, having defeated Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, we created the UN to prevent this from happening ever again. The UN has failed its mission. It should be disbanded and a replacement international agency created.

What is the Role of the New Organization?

I believe the role of this new organization is to be the referee. Just like in a sports competition, there are some basic rules and both sides must play by the rules. A referee's job is to makes sure none of the rules are broken. This new organization will establish this set of basic rules of engagement. For example, use of chemical or biological weapons are disallowed. Any viollation of the rules will mean international condemnation followed by swift and severe punishment either economic or military action.

How is this any different than the UN today? It does not need a vote by some security council. The rules and consequences are clearly spelled out. Once an action is verified, the consequences are automatic.

Summary

What I have propose seem radical but sometimes thst is exactly what is needed. Why should we continue to fund these organizations like the UN when they are so ineffective. I realize the world is complex and many issues are grey and have no good solutions. However, when something is clearly wrong, we can and should act. As a civilized society, we have standards. Just like we don't accept cannibalism today, or slavery, we need to codify them in some way.

© 2017 Jack Lee

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