Isn’t it time to consign this useless and ineffectual body to the dustbin of history, once and for all?
One of my favourite artists of all time — The great Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, in his album — beast of no nation — released in 1986, after being let out from prison by the military government led by Ibrahim Babangida, took the United Nations to task in its failure to address the pre-eminent geopolitical conflicts of the age — between Iraq and Iran, the apartheid regime of South Africa and the cold war.
This profoundly disreputable body came into existence, in the aftermath of the second world war and desperate to avoid the fate of its predecessor — the league of nations, championed by Woodrow Wilson, its western cheerleaders drew up a charter, put together in extraordinarily clear detail, to which every member nation, signed up and ratified.
The UN Charter, which I have lifted, below, from Wikipedia, states the following:
The preamble consists of two principal parts. The first part contains a general call for the maintenance of peace and international security and respect for human rights. The second part of the preamble is a declaration in a contractual style that the governments of the peoples of the United Nations have agreed to the Charter and it is the first international document regarding human rights.
- Chapter I sets forth the purposes of the United Nations, including the important provisions of the maintenance of international peace and security.
- Chapter II defines the criteria for membership in the United Nations.
- Chapters III–XV, the bulk of the document, describe the organs and institutions of the UN and their respective powers.
- Chapters XVI and Chapter XVII describe arrangements for integrating the UN with established international law.
- Chapters XVIII and Chapter XIX provide for amendment and…