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posted 07 November 2001 10:49 AM      Profile for Trespasser   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
On November 7, 1962 Eleanor Roosevelt died. She was instrumental for the establishment of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, so I thought that this anniversary would be a good chance to think about importance of the UN today. This has been brought up in several other threads: the big issue is What policies would make the Americal citizens more UN-sensitive, and more careful internationalists? Many UN missions and projects largely depend on how seriously and with what degree of urgency and earnestness they're taken in the US. The UN, I believe, rarely resurfaces in the US domestic debates, and under not too favourable circumstances. (At one of the debates about the US debt to the UN in the American Congress during the Clinton administration some Republicans have complained that the UN contains many dangerously pro-choice agencies...)

The UN peace-making and peace-keeping in the pre-Dayton Balkans is said to be one of the examples of UN ineptitude. But those condemnations often come from the same country that is not too eager to share intelligence and resources with the UN officials at times of international crises. And the country which, ironically, still has the last word in the appointments of the UN Secretary General (remember M. Albright and B. Ghali mini-scandal?). When are we going to see the new generation of US internationalists in the Eleanor Roosevelt tradition? What with the substitutes that we're offered, such as the NATO internationalism and G.W. Bush-coalition internationalism? The US never joined the League of Nations, is it keeping the low-profile in the UN for the same reason? Etc.


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