People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
December 28, 2003
developments in the world have shown that the biggest world body, United Nations
has merely become a talking shop as the member countries had to remain helpless
and idle spectators when US-UK imperialist combine had the audacity to attack
Iraq in a most brutal and cruel manner ignoring international consensus and
massive protests world over. Is there any future for this world body? What can
be its fate?
is true that US imperialism in recent years has been either hijacking the United
Nations or ignoring it when necessary in pursuit of its plans for global
hegemony. But this in no way should make us ask for the dismantling of the
United Nations; Instead efforts must be made to make it more effective.
only way to make the United Nations more effective is by democratising it. The
first step in this direction must be the abolition of the power of veto of the
five permanent members of the UN Security Council. We are seeing repeatedly how
the United States is bypassing the universal opinion of all member countries by
exercising the veto in pursuit of its interests. It has done so recently when
the general assembly condemned Israeli actions against Palestinian President
Yasser Arafat. The US exercised its veto in favour of Israel preventing the
Security Council from taking any action. Likewise, for over a decade every year
the General Assembly votes overwhelmingly for the withdrawal of the criminal US
blockade of Cuba. This year, the United States received four votes in favour of
the blockade including those of itself and Israel. The other two were small
island countries named Micronesia and Marshall Islands!
an anomalous position can be changed to prevent imperialism led by USA from
refusing to implement overwhelming world opinion only by changing the structure
of the United Nations and making the General Assembly decisions obligatory on
all countries. At the present moment the General Assembly is indeed a talking
platform where world leaders express opinions but as a body it has no teeth. The
Security Council is the decision making body of the United Nations.
shall therefore have to work for such democratisation of the UN by empowering
the General Assembly instead of the Security Council and removing the right of
veto from the five permanent members.