8/08/2006

 

It Makes You Wonder

This recent conflict in Lebanon, a single, but meaningful front in the West's War on Terror, introduced me to UN Security Council Resolution 1559. Passed on September 2nd, 2004, it called for the "disbanding and disarmament of all Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias" within the context of a greater push to free Lebanon from Syria and Iran's grip. This language sounds great, except that Israel's recent military incursion has been the only attempt by any free power to undermine Hezbollah's terrorist machinery and restore territorial sovereignty to Lebanon.

It made me wonder: what other resolutions has the UN Security Council passed but not implemented? Are 'empty promises' a common theme? And what have been the consequences? Here's the UN website archives, with what appears to be the complete list.

Maybe I've reached the upper limit of the UN's purpose: to bring nations together, decide on an international course of action, and wait for someone responsible or desperate enough to enforce the will of the Security Council.

I'll take a look these next few days and see what there is to see.

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