If we still haven't given them our dues, I think they should take the hint and kick us out of the organization and move their headquarters out of New York City. The organization is so pointless and their bureaucracy is an unbelievable waste of money. For all the money that's given to them they have little to show for it.
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You're right perspycacious, being in the UN at least we have some influence. But the case is to be made to reduce the UN to things that they do well and reduce the bureaucracy.
What exactly does the UN do well? It is a corrupt organization that will never bring about peace.
I recognize that the UN is able to provide food aid, basic sanitary and medical services to a hotspot, and that groups are willing to have the UN work as mediator in a conflict. It is able to do that in the long term better than any country.
Their attitude definitely grates. We have to pay the most dues and some little dictator somewhere gets to tell us what to do. It's such a futile exercise.
Except we don't pay our dues. The US hasn't payed dues since 1985, and we have the most power of any nation.
Funny how that's bad when the rich pay the least in taxes, but okay for the US to do the same thing to the UN.
I'm hoping since we haven't paid our dues that they kick us out. And I'm okay with us not paying it at all.
Good, somebody with a good education and an intelligent grasp of the situation. aliciaharrell for president!
The UN can do some things well but it is not an agile organization so they would be good for long term assistance. Let's limit the UN to things that they are good at.
The UN was designed for immediate and long-term assistance as needed for the good of the world, planet Earth. The UN does not have a nationalistic perspective unlike the nations that make up the United Nations. Some UN members forget this.
But that is the problem with that organization. There is no measure of results or auditing of books or any accountability and especially no will to restructure. They are living on other people's money and no one wants the handouts to stop.
Yes, the UN peacekeepers do good deeds where they can; clean up much (regardless of which nation is at fault). The Middle East is indeed a hot bed of unrest which historically began with the advent of civilization. The UN is needed in such places.
Yes, even though the UN bills itself as a do-gooder, they have been trying to take over the internet, tax us for it, impose laws and sanctions, things that remarkably does a lot to infringe on the sovereignty of countries.
You really are romantic WD Curry, the UN is one of the most corrupt organizations. There have been several prominent UN staffers who have done some terrible things.
Also, it's trying to act like some world gov't without having an election process.
So make it better!
How is the US going to impose changes on an international body and not come out looking like some bully?
cassie missed one important word at the end "Again". The U.S. always come out looking like bullies. When I don't believe we are trying to be bullies.
The UN doesn't have the power to stop a country from engaging in war, it can only act as a mediator. That's why the size of this organization needs to be reduced.
The UN is not a dictatorial or authoritative police force. It was designed to be a mediation, charitable and helpful entity throughout the Earth. A nation can ignore the UN sanctions unless they wish to be or remain a UN member.
Handyman, it has such a spotty record when it comes to world peace. Whenever UN peacekeepers get attacked they scramble out of the country. It doesn't dawn on them that keeping the peace ironically involves more than talking but actual fighting.
The UN does not have jurisdiction to stop Syria from slaughtering its own citizens. No nation does (except Syria). If it had, the Soviets would not have slaughtered many in Russia and the Eastern Block during the 20th century as dissidents.
I disagree. The UN can do what it wants. All the have to do is tell Syria to knock it off or the world will but a stop to it for them. It has done so in other areas. Iran is even a better example of its uselessness.
It is best the UN does not have the jurisdiction you think it ought, for if the UN could tell Syria to "knock it off," the same goes for any other country including the USA. This trend would lessen all countries' sovereignty - something to avoid.