At the end of the Second World War, the leaders of the Allies recognized the need for a strong, authoritative international body to resolve interstate disputes. From the ashes of the world these men rose the United Nations, an organization more revered than the name suggests. The United Nations was created for the express purpose of stopping the annihilation of life. In that sense it has succeeded. Credit should be given for the successes of this institution and to the men and women who every day labor to create a more peaceful world.
Franklin Roosevelt proposed the four freedoms, akin to Wilson’s fourteen points they strove to lay the goals for an international organization. They are as follows: The freedom from want, the freedom from fear, and the freedom of speech and freedom of worship. The are lofty in their objects as they are difficult to obtain in any meaningful way.
These United Nations were the common thread throughout the cold war and surrounding conflicts. It is an institution endowed with more concentrated power than our forefathers could have imagined. They have however fallen far short of their potential. Despite ‘uniting’ the most bitter of enemies and providing a venue for civil discussion these discussions have far too often been revealed to be lacking in substance and conviction.