Arthur Cyr: Why the UN endures

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  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Sept. 24, 2017 8:20 a.m.

    "The UN endures from my perspective because we've come to realise that if we don't at least try to stand together on some things we'll all fall separately."

    Exactly. I don't know if it's amusing or just plain troubling when you have posters here complaining that a "world" organization is full of tyrants and despots. What do you think the world is made of.

    Where else, except on the battle field are you going to engage these people and work on world problems?

    Should we root out corruption, inefficiencies, and graft, of course, but to see the organization through that lens exclusively is foolish.

    Also it's pure ignorance to think the US can set the terms of the world on it's own. You saw it to some degree with the Paris accord. As soon as Trump said he would withdraw, the rest of the world led by China banded together in accord.

    Get over it nationalists, we are not the only big dog, and plenty of reason to think we won't even be the primary big dog for much longer. You better learn how to play with others..even the ones you don't like.

  • McCarthyist Sacramento, CA
    Sept. 23, 2017 9:52 a.m.

    This opinion piece seems to be a globalist's apologetic, arguing that despite their corruption, we have to embrace the UN because they have everyone in a geo-economic headlock – and supposedly that's a good thing.

    I think that one's love or disdain for the UN is going to be based on their dependence on government or self-reliance, respectively.

  • Rubydo Provo, UT
    Sept. 23, 2017 9:34 a.m.

    Unrepentant progressive,

    So let me guess that you have no problem with the UN putting people like Kadafi or countries like Saudi Arabia in charge or human or women's rights councils who are the antithesis of these positions? Besides if you are looking for a more antisemetic organization you couldn't find a better one with the UN as 75% of their resolutions are anti Israel and aside from that the UN is toothless when it comes to confronting real threats like North Korea or other terrorist regimes like Iran. With all of this said the US pays for the majority of their budget which isn't fair and is a total waste of the US taxpayers money.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Sept. 22, 2017 6:55 p.m.

    All political sides must recognize the problems with the UN--bloated bureaucracies, inefficiencies, corruption. In the UN's effort to appear uninfluenced by US directly, it acts at times in an anti-US direction. And at times, the UN is directly responsible for violence and abuse against the very people it is "helping".

    There truly needs to be reform.

  • 112358 Alpine, UT
    Sept. 22, 2017 3:50 p.m.

    The UN is incurably corrupt – a well of graft, nepotism, and every form of corruption imaginable. Dictators, tyrants, and Communists all love the UN. The Human Rights Council is a rogues gallery of despots.

    Who funds this party? The American taxpayer. The US foots nearly one quarter of the entire UN budget! No other nation even pays half as much! The UN returns the favor by thwarting US international policy at every turn.

    Consider the history: the UN structure was engineered by the Soviet Union to enhance their geopolitical power: the first secretary general – a Soviet Spy; the votes in the assembly – USSR 3 vs. US 1, etc..

    Apologists insist that we avert our gaze from such ugly scenes, and instead gaze upon the rosy picture of what the UN pretends to be instead of what it actually is. Turning a blind eye to the reality of the UN is wrong: we can’t cure the disease if we don’t fully understand it.

    Americans need to be told the truth: the UN is a thoroughly corrupt, anti-American organization, and we are being forced to pay for it. It’s time to root out the corruption at the UN, starting with the budget that burdens US taxpayers more than anyone else in the world.

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    Sept. 22, 2017 3:49 p.m.

    Well, duh, the UN endures. We have no alternative to hash out our differences. And in an increasingly crowded planet with conflicts all over just under the surface, we have no choice.

    However, the extreme right wing part of the GOP loves to talk about getting out of the UN and going it alone. They have done this for as long as I am alive, which is roughly as long as the UN has been so. Talk about lack of reality! This element of the GOP will never be satisfied with anything that might ask the US to cooperate with other nations, and sometimes compromise for the greater good. (Note, this has nothing to do with principles, but actions.)

    But the wacky right seems to think we still live in the wild, wild west like a bunch of cowboys.

    Geez, talk about arrested development.

  • Steve Cottrell Centerville, UT
    Sept. 22, 2017 3:46 p.m.

    We should evaluate the UN. We should also realize that thru the work of UN agencies, measles and polio have essentially been eliminated world wide. There is also considerable refugee relief that is provided by the UN agencies.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 22, 2017 2:39 p.m.

    The UN endures from my perspective because we've come to realise that if we don't at least try to stand together on some things we'll all fall separately.