Effectiveness of the United Nations in International Conflicts

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The United Nations emerged from flame and destruction, from bombs and debris. Six years and one day was how long the most terrible war in all of human history lasted, a war meant to stop the spread of tyrannical fascism and cruelty that had taken root in the hearts of the Axis nations of Germany, Japan and Italy. Over sixty million left dead and a world of divided nations left after in its dark wake, per statistics given by Emily Owen. From this pain and death the world community finally realized that they could not continue to act so divided if the world and human civilization were to survive. Something needed to be done to prevent this, something stronger than the failed League of Nations. On October 24, 1945 the Allied powers, victors of the war, decided to form a new, stronger international union and thus the United Nations was formed as historical accounts of Emily Owens state. Since its infancy after WWII the United Nations has been successful and has made copious steps forward in many of their goals through working with the international community such as aid efforts in natural disasters, environmental agreements and ultimately to avoid another World War. However, when it comes to international diplomatic affairs and conflicts, the United Nations has not acted as responsively as necessary in certain situations in order to fulfill their international peacekeeping obligations. This opinion is based upon past UN international engagements and actions such as the 1956 Turkish rebellion, the 1980-88 Iraq and Iran war and the 1966-80 Rhodesian civil war. Through past experience, it is possible to hypothesize that the United Nations most likely will not act as necessary in overseeing and containing current international conflicts... ... middle of paper ... ...ning Site. History Learning Site, 17 Mar. 2010. Web. 12 Apr. 2014. "Backing Ukraine’s Territorial Integrity, UN Assembly Declares Crimea Referendum Invalid."UN News Center. UN, 27 Mar. 2014. Web. 13 Apr. 2014. "Independence of Zimbabwe." National Archive of Australia. National Archive of Australia, May 2010. Web. 19 Apr. 2014. "Syria Profile." BBC News- Middle East. BBC, 19 Mar. 2014. Web. 18 Apr. 2014. "Global Issues at the United Nations." UN News Center. UN, 4 July 2013. Web. 20 Apr. 2014. "Zimbabwe Profile." BBC News Africa. British Broadcasting Company, Feb. 2014. Web. 04 May 2014. "Timeline: Ukraine's Political Crisis." Online posting. Aljazeera America. Aljazeera America, 25 Apr. 2014. Web. 4 May 2014. "Russia Calls for Emergency UN Security Council Meeting on Ukraine as Tensions Soar." Online Posting. Fox News. Fox News, 2 May 2014. Web. 4 May 2014.

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