Letter: World needs the U.N.

Published: 9/10/2018 12:00:39 AM

At a time when we need the United Nations more than ever, I was distressed to see the Epsom Trojan Horse called a “proud state landmark” (Monitor front page, Sept. 3).

I thought the horse was just a local curiosity until I learned what its owners intended it to signify, namely (their view) that the United Nations is a Trojan horse that threatens the sovereignty of the United States from its headquarters in New York.

With a president who is so unremittingly hostile to multilateralism, it is easy to forget that the U.S. was the prime mover behind the creation of the U.N. in 1945. The U.N. Charter makes it crystal clear that it is an organization of sovereign states, set up with the aim of maintaining international peace and security, developing relations among nations and fostering cooperation to solve economic, social, cultural or humanitarian problems.

Over the past 73 years the U.N. has worked tirelessly to resolve conflicts, reduce poverty, feed the hungry, help refugees, promote human rights, eradicate disease, encourage arms control, safeguard the environment and so much more. Of course, the U.N. is only as effective as its member states allow it to be, and there are good arguments for reforming the Security Council so that it can be more effective. But to imagine a world without the U.N. is to imagine a world without rules, without a forum for co-operation between states, and where might makes right. I, for one, don’t want to live in such a world.



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