I already responded. But I'll respond again. I don't believe the UN is the moral authority of the world, so why on earth would I want to defend that position? I took this as a deliberately provocative, rhetorical question on the part of whoever originally wrote it, like asking when someone's going to stop beating their wife, so I gave a sarcastic answer.
"John W. Redelfs" wrote: > Marc, > > I'd love to hear your response to the following: > > "When did the United Nations become the supreme moral authority of the world? > One might advance such a proposition if most of the organization were > represented by democratic governments, but that is not the case. Of the 191 > nations in the United Nations only about 40 percent (85 countries) are > democratic societies that enjoy political rights and civil liberties. The > rest are either controlled by dictators or by a one-party government." > > Is it true that most of the member nations are dictatorships and one-party > states? And if so, how might that affect the good or evil done by the > umbrella organization? > You tell me. Your position seems to be that even democracies are in the thrall of Gadianton Robbers. So isn't the question moot? Also, I have never seen the UN as an umbrella organization in the sense of super-national, although I know many do. I see it as a means of international cooperation, possibly secondarily of ensuring that no one country dominates (although it doesn't do that very well, given the strangle-hold the U.S. has on the UN Security Council). Nation states are dying as institutions, and power is flowing up to super-regions, and down to micro-regions, so the question will come to make even less and less sense as the new century unfolds, imo. -- Marc A. Schindler Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland “We do not think that there is an incompatibility between words and deeds; the worst thing is to rush into action before the consequences have been properly debated…To think of the future and wait was merely another way of saying one was a coward; any idea of moderation was just an attempt to disguise one’s unmanly character; ability to understand a question from all sides meant that one was totally unfitted for action.” – Pericles about his fellow-Athenians, as quoted by Thucydides in “The Peloponessian Wars” Note: This communication represents the informal personal views of the author solely; its contents do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s employer, nor those of any organization with which the author may be associated. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ==^^=============================================================== This email was sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org EASY UNSUBSCRIBE click here: http://topica.com/u/?aaP9AU.bWix1n.YXJjaGl2 Or send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] T O P I C A -- Register now to manage your mail! http://www.topica.com/partner/tag02/register ==^^===============================================================