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Ines Pohl, DW: The UN is helpless in the new world order
The United Nations is at its wits' end. The organization's structures have proven themselves to be outdated. They no longer function in a world where conflicts don't happen along borders anymore, where it's not about ideological domination or winning new territory. With the verbal attacks by US Secretary of State John Kerry against his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, the world now has video evidence: the bureaucratic mega-agency has no idea how it can help the Syrian people.
The bombing of an aid convoy that should have brought relief to thousands of people is the dreadful proof that all the negotiating and political wrangling has been in vain. People are still dying – day and night. They are dying now, as you read this sentence.
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WNU Editor: The author of the above post may be right .... that the UN is helpless to confront the problems of the world today .... but for now the United Nations is the only thing that we got, and we have to work with it .... warts and all. On a personal note .... for those who may not know .... I worked for the UN for a number of years. First at ICAO in Montreal .... and now .... like this week in New York city .... doing translation during the General Assembly. I have seen a lot of interesting things over the years .... good and bad .... but I have learned an undeniable truth. Mankind does need a place where different governments, organisations, peoples and cultures can meet, discuss, and develop a consensus on important issues. And while agreement has always been difficult to achieve within an organisation like the UN .... it sometimes happen .... and that alone is worth the cost of keeping the lights on and the doors open.