After the end of the World War I, sixty nations got together
and organized the League of Nations, with the essential purpose, first, to
prevent future wars; second, promote international co-operation. The League was
then seen as "the sounding board of the civilized world"(
UN should be consulted, not ignored, on Iraq war
ROSES AND THORNS by Alejandro R. Roces
The Philippine Star 04/05/2003
After the end of the World War I, sixty nations got together and organized
the League of Nations, with the essential purpose, first, to
prevent future wars; second, promote international co-operation.
The League was then seen as "the sounding board of the civilized
world". US President Woodrow Wilson played a major role in its
foundation, but he could not convince his own country to be part of the
League. The League, however survived until it was replaced by the United
Nations Organization on October 24, 1945.
Like its predecessor, the United Nationsí primary concern is the
maintenance of the world peace. It was UN intervention that stopped the
fighting in the Arab-Israeli border in 1949, the Korean war in 1953 and
the Suez Canal dispute in 1956. UN restored order in Congo (Leopoldville)
in 1960 and helped find a peaceful end to the crisis that arose when
Russia established missile bases in Cuba and the US blockaded the shipment
of arms to the island. Somehow, it could not stop the Vietnam war.
Now the United States has launched another war against a third-world
nation and we find it strange indeed that the world organization tasked
with securing peace in the world has been totally silent. Last Thursday, a
newspaper carried this headline, US WARNS UN MEMBERS and the story was
that the United States is asking the UN not to hold a special session of
the UN General Assembly on the Iraq issue because any support for such a
session will be viewed as "directed against the United States".
We really hope that there is absolutely no truth to the report. The UN
will be derelict in its duty if it does not call for a session of the UN
General Assembly to discuss how peace can prevail in Iraq. The irony here
is that the UN headquarters is right in New York and the United States
supplies about a third of its budget.
The Iraq war is something that can spread worldwide. It could easily
become the modern version of the old crusade. Already, the Iraqis view
their war as a jihad or a holy war against non-Islamic invaders.
All it takes now is to make this the official view of all the Muslim
countries in the world, then, it will be the "coalition of the
willing" against the Islamic world.
The most logical international organization that can prevent all this is
the UN. Ambassador Raul Goco, former Philippine Jurist of the United
International Law Commission, came out with a statement to the effect that
the US and British attack on Iraq is so far the greatest tragedy in UNís
history. It has, Goco said, made the UN inutile. In short, the UN has
become the biggest victim of the Iraq war.
Will the UN just die a natural death like its predecessor, the League of
Nations, or will it hold a special session of its General Assembly to
discuss the Iraq war?
How can we manifest peace on
earth if we do not include everyone (all races, all nations, all religions, both
sexes) in our vision of Peace?
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