From the Vault
Dec. 13, 1962.
As you saw in the papers, about 50 nations, headed, of course, by Russia, refuse to pay their dues to the United Nations. It will be a sad thing for the world if the United Nations dies. Not that it is so effective any more, but because a great dream will die – that nations could have an organization where they could help one another and where the force of the combined weight of that nations, would keep troublemakers in line. Or more simply, the great dream was that this organization, dedicated as it was to so many noble ideas and objectives, might maintain the peace.
Perhaps the world just wasn’t ready for it.
One thing, though, eludes me. Nonpayment of dues is cause enough in most any other organization for losing your membership. Yet, Russia, and all these others, don’t pay their fair share or pay nothing at all, but they sit in its councils, take part in the discussions and more importantly in the case of Russia, veto many important decisions.
So unless a way can be found to make Russia and the others divvy up, the U.N. will die. The only question will be one of time. For certainly it would not make sense for us to foot the bills almost alone. For wouldn’t the almost wholesale non-payment of dues indicate the organization isn’t worth preserving? Russia wants nothing to go smoothly. She does better when there is chaos and trouble. But what about all the others?
No one should write off the U.N. as a total failure, and we cannot deny the accomplishments it has made.
– “Up and Down the Street”. Written by Frank Hornstein
Oct. 27, 2015.
I am 100 percent certain that the Russians were doing this as an unfair and manipulative tactic during the Cold War. The Soviet Union was an original member of the U.N., because it had been a member of the Allies during WWII. The U.N. would not be able to kick out the Soviet Union without going against their promise that the Soviet Union would constantly be a member. If the UN took the risk and kicked them out they would most likely be forced to deal with the Soviet Union declaring the UN unfit to do its job, and it would probably meet oppression from the Soviet Union’s allies.
In all honestly I have never heard much about the United Nations. The only significant event I have heard of them doing is the part they played when they attempted to put the Rwandan genocide to an end during the early 1990s, and I only knew about that because of the movie “Hotel Rwanda”. The U.N. has done much more than I had originally thought. From what I gather, it feels that they do most of their work with their voices, since the first time they had been in direct control of armed forces was in March 2013.
The United Nations is mostly a humanitarian organization, and that correlates with the League of Nations. Just like the U.N., the League of Nations started after a world war, and it used its voice instead of its fists to make a change. The League of Nations only lasted from Jan. 10, 1920 (the signing of the Treaty of Versailles) to April 20, 1946. It failed because stronger nations (Germany, Japan, Italy and others) went against it and went on their own to cause the aggression that lead to WWII. After this war, the U.N. was created in order to try to recreate a more successful League of Nations, but if the U.N. wants to continue it must learn from the League of Nations’ mistakes.
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