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Liberals and Conservatives Agree: UN Needs Reform

By November 26, 2005

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In case you hadn't noticed, About.com presently has a guest guide, Susan Heathfield, at its US Conservatives site. Susan is the About.com guide to Human Resources, which is a hands-down dynamite site. I recommend that all my readers visit (and bookmark) her site for first-rate advice on everything from job interviews to handling stress to job hunting info.

But.....some things she says at US Conservatives get under my skin. They make me see red...as in Republican red-state red. Susan and I could be good friends, but we'll never discuss politics over a friendly cup of Starbucks.

But .....she makes a great point in her post today about the UN when she writes:

" Periodically, the United Nations is pushed into a corner and asked to make reforms. That time is upon us again. I love the spirit of the United Nations. The spirit stands for all that is dear to me: world-wide peace and understanding, no wars, nations allowed to live free and choose their governance, and a truly international body in the U.N., unsullied by scandals and favoritism, that promotes world cooperation. Unfortunately, that spirit is not here now nor will it be in the predictable future."

Susan is correct. The UN is rife with scandal, politics and time-wasting shenanigans, and the US is willing particpant in this unproductive, expensive mess. (I disagree with Susan that Ambassador John Bolton, and his strong-arm tactics, are the proper approach to resolving UN problems. But that's another subject for another day....)

Reforming the UN is an incomprehensibly huge task. Liberals and conservatives alike need more info before we can evaluate either the problems or solutions. The place to start here at About.com is at Keith Porter's site on Globalization, particularly his site's section on United Nations Reform/A UN for the 21st Century.

I heartily agree with Susan's words when she exudes, "I love the spirit of the United Nations. The spirit stands for all that is dear to me: world-wide peace and understanding, no wars, nations allowed to live free and choose their governance, and a truly international body in the U.N...."

With the tragedy and failure of the Iraq War, liberals have demonized all conservatives as frightening Dick Cheney/Donald Rumsfeld-types who get a scary kick out of war, savor profiteering at the expense of US soldiers and Iraqis, and wholeheartedly support torture.

As I mull Susan's words again, I realize that maybe we can talk politics over a cup of Starbucks. Just one cup though.....a short one. :)
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