October 17, 2003

An American "Success" Sure, Colin

An American "Success"

Sure, Colin Powell did well getting the resolution passed and deserves a cheer or two. But it really doesn't make much of a difference as this article makes clear.

The real lessons of all this U.N. rigamarole?

All these unanimous Iraq resolutions (Res 1441, of course, the one before) bespeak how increasingly chimerical the U.N. as guarantor of international stability etc etc really is.

Resolution 1441 basically showcased how, to make nice, a bunch of countries will vote for a resolution with no real intent of following it precepts should the going get rough and real action be necessitated.

And yesterday's resolution shows that, for a variety of domestic/foreign policy reasons (Syria appearing like a 'good' citizen over at Turtle Bay to, among other things, help stave off IDF air runs over its airspace; France/Germany to patch up with the U.S., Russia to stress that they (not the Germans) are the real middleman between Washington and Old Europe; and so on) countries will support a resolution they don't really believe in.

Why do I say that? Because, at the end of the day, the likes of France, Russia and/or Germany are barely going to lift a finger to contribute positively towards accomplishing the goals of the resolution.

No, the UNSC is just too often an extension of national interests (often clumsily and crudely) played out on the world stage. Not much more, and not much less (note I'm not talking here of excellent branches of the UN like the UNHCR, UNESCO, WHO etc).

Oh, take a look at Le Monde's editorial on the American "success".

"Mme si les apparences sont sauves gr‰ce ˆ un communiquŽ conjoint France-Allemagne-Russie, celle-ci privilŽgiera toujours sa relation avec les Etats-Unis sur ses liens avec les moyennes puissances europŽennes. Cette rŽalitŽ-lˆ souligne l'inanitŽ de l'axe Berlin-Moscou-Paris : Poutine a choisi Washington, et rŽciproquement."

Translation:

"Even if appearances are saved thanks to a joint communique among France-Germany-Russia, Russia will always privilege relations with the U.S. over its links to the middle European powers. This reality underlines the inanity of the Berlin-Moscow-Paris axis: Putin chose Washington..."

Well of course. But my point here is, really, that it's all more about keeping score than the actual content of the various resolutions, as this frank analysis showcases.

I hope to have more soon on the absurdities of the seeming Franco-German love in. That's a chimera too.

Posted by Gregory at October 17, 2003 01:42 PM
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