The UN Security Council at the Age of 70:
Civilizationally Immature and Morally Retarded
The Second World War – a consequence of the increasing divergence between technological advance and civilizational thinking in the evolution of mankind, was the biggest, so far, human tragedy in our history. Destruction of material and cultural values was immeasurable, and total loss of human life: military deaths from all causes, civilian deaths due to military activity and crimes against humanity, and civilian deaths due to war related famine and disease, is estimated between 70 to 85 million people.
1940: London bombed
Fortunately, the good guys prevailed, and the war ended in 1945. Those who survived, with eyes still full of tears, crawled out of the ruins, and in bursts of hope for a peaceful future greeted the establishment of the United Nation Organization. And the great heroes of the war – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States, without whom the victory would be unthinkable, were entrusted with the highest status – Permanent Members of the Security Council– to protect world security and peace. The Guardians.
The above makes all current events commemorating 70th anniversary of the End of WWII unconditionally justified. It also makes all discussions about the role of the United Nations in the contemporary world order and in maintaining international security crucially important, because we cannot afford to neglect one essential update: if in the course of WWII about 3 percent of the then world population was destroyed, the now existing global military weaponry provides more than enough capacity for annihilating the entire life on the planet.
In other words, for the last 70 years, the physical potential of real danger for us and for the future generations has increased in orders of magnitude.
There should be no doubt that, in aggregate, the “Big Five”, as China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States are often referred to, have always had all the necessary resources: political influence, economic tools, and military power, to ensure materialization of any of the Security Council resolutions, and to quickly and uncompromisingly resolve any disturbance of security character anywhere in the world. They had this capacity 70 years ago, and they have this capacity now.
If this is the case, why are we still having the Middle East violence, bombs, explosions, savage head cutting? Or how was genocide in Rwanda, with close to one million humans killed, possible? To mention just some of the major nightmares of 21st century human civilization.
2014: The Middle East
The answer is simple:
The special status, given by the international community to the Security Council Permanent Members – to protect world security and peace, was accepted by those five countries and misused by their governments as an extended instrument to expand their own national interests
The political priorities and national agendas of those countries were prevailingly designed by hypertrophied egos of ideologically obsessed politicians, determined to dominate at the expense of the security and prosperity of the world. That reality, contrary to the expectations of the international community, made the Security Council fully dysfunctional practically from the very beginning. Instead of promptly reacting to prevent or discontinue every emerging security problem in the world, these five countries practiced taking sides, and gradually built blocks of satellite countries to balance confronting each other. Instead of prosecuting the perpetrators like five big sheriffs, the Security Council permanent members split the global village into gangs shooting at each other. Cases of protecting “own” dictators and proxy governments encouraged massive murder of political opponents in Chile, in some of the former communist countries, in Cambodia, to mention just a few, and that severely weakened the fragile democratic processes that started gaining popularity in many of the countries after the war. The international organizations were turned into battlefields, where through special wrapped in secrecy “like-minded” technologies incomplete, inaccurate, fake or fabricated evidence were presented to the public as argumentation for decisions serving hidden agenda of political or military action. With the permanent members permanently fighting each other, vetoing became frequent. Obviously unacceptable draft resolutions were submitted to the Security Council with the only objective to capitalise on the propaganda consequences of the veto. Criteria for international legal processes and justice were in numerous cases based on answers to the question: Is he, or is he not, one of us? As a result of the acutely sensed absence of basic principles for regulating the international political environment, the atmosphere of growing insecurity in the world pushed the global cost of violence in 2014 to the unprecedented $15 trillion, depriving thus numerous humanitarian projects of the needed financial resources.
In order to preserve the status quo: “whatever we do is not illegal”, many motions and initiatives to formulate and adopt important and urgently needed international legal norms were largely impeded. It is frustrating to note that still there are no universally recognised legal definitions for the highest dangers to peace and security, such as “international terrorism”, or clear cut legal procedures to resolve collisions of basic United Nations concepts like “territorial integrity” versus “right of self-determination”, or “national sovereignty” versus “responsibility to protect”.
In effect, it was the long-term deficiency of civilizational thinking in the foreign policy making of the Big Five that degraded the political morality of humanity back to the standards of darkest medieval ages.
21st century: The human civilization
The United Nations cannot reform if China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States do not denationalize their policy making in the Security Council.
Otherwise, this organization may fade away into history just like the League of Nations did. And most probably, with the same consequences.