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Seeds Planted for a New UN Army

from the July 05, 2006 eNews issue
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Among his recommendations for future UN reforms, Secretary General Kofi Annan has called for the creation of a rapid-response peacekeeping force. Now various organizations including Global Action to Prevent War, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and the World Federalist Movement have collaborated on a detailed proposal for a UN rapid deployment force called the UN Emergency Peace Service (UNEPS). They envision a standing UN army that could "take action to prevent war and dire threats to human security and human rights" within a period of 48 hours.

Unlike previous proposals for a UN army, this latest proposal calls for troops that would not be accountable to any individual nation or state, but would remain completely under the auspices of the United Nations. Furthermore, some proponents of the plan would like to greatly increase the powers of the Secretary General by granting him the ability to deploy the force without first seeking the approval of the Security Council or the General Assembly. If successfully implemented, the proposal would greatly increase the power of the United Nations.

The United Nations is an organization plagued by scandal, corruption, favoritism, and financial mismanagement. The United Nations was created to maintain international peace and help solve the worlds economic and humanitarian troubles, but the UN has failed time and time again to achieve its primary objectives.

The ongoing investigation into the UNs oil-for-food program has exposed an organization rife with corruption. The intent of the UN oil-for-food program was to help get much needed medical supplies and humanitarian aid to the people of Iraq. However, Saddam siphoned off more than $10 billion from the program in illegal oil sales and inflated contracts. The beneficiaries of these deals included some 270 prominent individuals, political parties and corporations in 47 countries, many of whom where outspoken opponents of the war in Iraq. At the center of the oil-for-food scandal are key members of the UN itself, several of whom have been accused of taking bribes from Saddam's regime.

The oil-for-food scandal is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Last year, UN peacekeepers were accused of the widespread and on-going rape and forced prostitution of women and young girls in the Congo. Sadly, it was not the first reported instance of misconduct on the part of UN troops. As evidence is uncovered, the more apparent it becomes that UN lacks accountability.

It should come as no surprise, that amidst the scandals that have engulfed the UN, the organization has announced plans for a massive overhaul. The huge reforms will be unlike any changes made since the organization was founded in 1945. Historically, government never downsizes voluntarily; it always increases its power and minimizes accountability to its citizens. Government reinvention is frequently an effort to avoid the consequences of failed policies in the past, or to justify a government's continued expansion by posing solutions to the problems it has created.

Over the last decade, the United Nations has unabashedly pushed for what it calls "global governance." The UN is positioning itself for global power and it has become evident that they will use the scandal and the ensuing "reforms" to advance closer to that goal.

Related Links:

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