69 million page views

permanent organizations and UN authority

Reader comment on item: Blame the UN's Power on George H.W. Bush

Submitted by myth (Germany), Feb 9, 2012 at 12:56

Conflicts ask leadership when lives are at stake. Can one inistitutionalize leadership? I am afraid not. Bureaucracy inistitutionalizes all by itself. That is why I would not favour "an organization of democratically-elected governments" that is permanent. The EU is such an organization. In the early 90ies the EU sat undecided when confronted with the war in Yugoslavia. No light at the end of the tunnel there. I believe in ad-hoc-coalitions based on initiative. To me there is a clear choice to ground a coalition either in contracts or mutual trust.

The UN today has authority in the eyes of the press, the western public likes it too. Yet no party in a conflict would accept UN authority to determine the winner and the loser of that conflict.

Submitting....

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to permanent organizations and UN authority by myth

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2021 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)