Hostility To UN Linked To Restraint It Imposes On U.S.

Posted on Wednesday, January 03 at 13:36 by 4Canada
A key goal of the Bush administration, with which the Harper government has co-operated, has been to downplay the significance of the United Nations, where U.S. power is sometimes challenged, and expand the role of NATO, the Western military alliance long dominated by Washington. To justify this move, there's been a concerted effort on the part of the Bush administration and right-wing commentators to undermine the legitimacy of the United Nations. This campaign has involved portraying the UN as hopelessly ineffective, pointing to its inability, for instance, to stop the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. But the UN is only as effective as its members allow it to be. The tiny UN force in Rwanda, led by Canadian general Roméo Dallaire, called out desperately for additional troops and the right to intervene to protect civilians, but the UN Security Council declined to act on the requests. [Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on January 4, 2007]


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