Tuesday, March 07, 2006

UN Secretary General Annan Proposes Reform

Wait, wait...don't get too excited. Yes, Annan recommended a sweeping reform and overhaul of the UN today. But the things he mentioned included outsourcing translating, streamlining hiring procedures, and upgrading the UN's information networks, along with other bureaucratic and financial matters. No mention was made of actually trying to make the UN a more functional institution. Of course not. Because the veto power of the five permanent members of the Security Council make any substantive reform impossible. It's time to discard the UN as guarantor and guardian of international security and human rights and develop new meaningful institutions based on liberalism, rather than on sovereignty.

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