I’ve heard a lot of people say “the United Nations is incompetent” and “it’s gets nothing done.” To some degree that is true, and one major component of the UN that holds the organization back is the United Nations Security Council. As someone who has worked with international organizations like the United Nations, I’ll explain why credible action is never truly taken at this prestigious organization.
A good majority of the power at the UN resides in the United Nations Security Council, which is comprised of 5 permanent member states that have veto power to override all resolutions that other member states and the UN push to the floor. These countries are the United States, England, France, China, and Russia. These countries didn’t become permanent members accidentally, randomly, or coincidentally. Immediately after World War II, the term ‘world police’ became a well-known phrase around the world and the victors of the spoils (the U.S, Russia, China, and England, which later lobbied in France) became the permanent states of the Security Council, having overhead authority in their spheres of influence. The USA overlooked the entirety of the Western Hemisphere. France overlooks Western Europe, some areas the Middle East, such as Lebanon and Syria, North Africa, and the Western Sahel of Africa. England overlooks Southwest Asia (their former British Raj), the Middle East, and the Mediterranean, China overlooks Southeast Asia, and Russia overlooks former Soviet Blocs in Eastern Europe.
Effectively these countries had the power to ‘police’ the smaller states as they pleased which ultimately gave them a green light for imperialist expansion and exploitation. France has ciphered minerals and oil out of Africa. The United States destabilized and propped up dictators and drug runners in Latin America, such as Bautista, Pinochet, and Noriega. Russia through military dominance put Eastern Europe in a communist bloc. China has been constructing man made islands in the South China Sea and annexed Taiwan. England plundered wealth from the Balkans, slaughtered millions in the British Raj exploited Africa for diamonds and minerals (Sierra Leone aka Blood Diamond) and rewrote the boundaries in the Middle East which led to very violent sectarian conflicts you see today.
All 5 permanent Security Council members are the highest weapons exporters around the world today. There is not a conflict today in which the weapons of origin didn’t originate from America, England, France, China, or Russia. Almost all dictators and rogue nations are backed by either 5 members of the ‘world police.’ For example, the House of Saud is a puppet regime of the west, along with the premiers of Turkey, the gulf Kings of UAE, Qatar, Oman, and Saddam and Gaddafi until they fulfilled their usefulness and went rogue. Syria, Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, Cuba, and Nicaragua are backed by Russia and China. Every time those states have a resolution against them, it is blocked by one of the UNSC members that looks after their own interest instead of the world’s interest and the people oppressed by the. Security Council states have openly allowed genocide and mass killings to happen, by supplying their aggressive side as long as it suits their interest: Rwanda, Syria, Cyprus, Venezuela, and Sudan. Lebanon, Yemen and many others should immediately come to mind.
If you want to see true change at the United Nations, the United Nations Security Council must be retconned or revamped, and a new and effective security council must be made.