Taking A Curious Satisfaction When UN Peacemaking Fails
In 1924 the World had just experienced the killing of tens of millions of men that resulted from the assassination of the Arch Duke of Austria. One gun man killed the Arch-duke. No nations invaded another, but things escalated to the point where in two battles, Verdun and Somme, during six weeks of battle the Allies lost 350,000 men!
During the course of World War One, eleven percent (11%) of France's entire population were killed or wounded! Eight percent (8%) of Great Britain's population were killed or wounded, and nine percent (9%) of Germany's pre-war population were killed or wounded! The United States, which did not enter the land war in strength until 1918, suffered one-third of one percent (0.37%) of its population killed or wounded.
Because of this carnage the victorious Nations decide to form the League Of Nations in hopes of ending war for all our times. The League Charter had 26 Articles of which I will quote only the preamble and the last, to illustrate where we have come since 1924.
"THE HIGH CONTRACTING PARTIES, In order to promote international co-operation and to achieve international peace and security by the acceptance of obligations not to resort to war, by the prescription of open, just and honourable relations between nations, by the firm establishment of the understandings of international law as the actual rule of conduct among Governments, and by the maintenance of justice and a scrupulous respect for all treaty obligations in the dealings of organised peoples with one another, Agree to this Covenant of the League of Nations".
ARTICLE 26. "Amendments to this Covenant will take effect when ratified by the Members of the League whose Representatives compose the Council and by a majority of the Members of the League whose Representatives compose the Assembly. No such amendments shall bind any Member of the League which signifies its dissent therefrom, but in that case it shall cease to be a Member of the League".
History shows that this grand attempt to establish World Peace failed miserably. The Sino-Japanese War raged from 1937 to 1945, and then the World experienced the killing of an estimated 60 million soldiers, airmen, naval, marines and civilians during World War II(1939-45). It has been estimated that close to 30 million military personal lost their lives in WWII! Then the victorious Nations got the grand idea that they could prevent war by forming the United Nations.
So,in 1945 in the City of San Francisco, they gathered and began the United Nations. The Charter is quoted below, and it like the League of Nations has also failed in it's stated purpose--prevent War!
Since June 26, 1945, when the UN Charter was drawn up and implemented in October of the same year, there have been many wars. Some were euphemistically called "peace keeping" missions, for political reasons, like Korea, but there were hot wars in Vietnam, Bosnia, Nicaragua, Angola, Darfur, The Sudan and the Greek Civil war to name but a few that the UN did not prevent or help to win.
In the African Continent waring tribes of Muslims are killing thousands of people today, but the UN seems more preoccupied with getting a Carbon-Tax passed that will help them with, what this blogger believes has evolved into their primary function. The redistribution of wealth, and the control over the productivity and way of life of US in the United States!
I have a suggestion that would help with the national debt. Since the League of Nations was rightly located in a neutral Country, Switzerland. Lets start a movement to relocate the UN to Geneva, and when it is gone we can tear the buildings down and sell the bricks and pieces of concrete to those who bought the "pet rock" and pieces of the Berlin Wall! We could turn the valuable land, United States property, into a money making endeavor by leasing or selling the land in "Turtle Bay" for hundreds of millions of dollars!
At least that way we would remove from our sight an organisation that was formed in 1945 with good intentions, but has evolved over the years since 1945, into an adversary of our sovereign Country. Just think of the unpaid tickets and citations that the New York police would not have to file in the "round file" on the floor!