Invasion of Ukraine: the failure of the United Nations

It is a total failure of the UN system that has been ransomed by Western countries led by the United States

The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the denial of the Security Council resolution gave world watchers an opportunity to assess the role of the United Nations and its relevance today in policing the civilized world.

The Charter of the United Nations “empowers the United Nations and its Member States to maintain international peace and security, to uphold international law, to achieve higher standards of living” for their citizens, to resolve economic, social, health and related problems” and to promote “universal respect for, and respect for, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion”.

However, the world is not run by peace-loving philosophers and philanthropists, but by political and military leaders. US President Franklin D. Roosevelt coined the word United States and since then the United States and its Western allies have practically dictated the terms of the operation of the UN and behaved like the so-called policemen of the world. The result was an intense cold war between the US-led NATO and the Soviet Union and a frantic race between adversary countries for missiles and weapons and the deployment of atomic weapons. The Cold War ended with the breakup of the Soviet Union.

If we analyze the current Russian invasion of Ukraine, it becomes clear how this small country with good resources has been used as a pawn by America and its Western allies. Since Ukraine became independent and showed a fondness for the United States and its European allies, Russian President Vladimir Putin, a former KGB officer, has pledged to bring back the past glory of the Soviet era to the Russians. After coming to power, his popularity rose from 2% to 45% following his role in the annexation of Chechnya – which is now known as Chechnya, a constituent republic of Russia. In 2014, Russia invaded and annexed the Crimean Peninsula and on March 18, 2014, it became a constituent republic of Russia when President Vladimir Putin signed membership. In retaliation, the United States and its European partners signed several agreements with Ukraine and encouraged it to join NATO. The United States attempted to encircle Russia and bring nuclear and weapon arsenals to Russian doorsteps.

Russian President Putin has warned the West and Ukraine not to join NATO and cited it as the violation of the 2015 Minsk Treaty between Russia and Ukraine brokered by the French president.

Now let’s look at the scenario. America and its partners have a habit of bombing the world everywhere as they did in Iraq, Vietnam and Afghanistan, citing a threat to international peace, but withdrawing without giving confidence to countries and peoples affected. America has bombed more than 30 countries so far and is responsible for the bloodshed and ruining the lives of millions of people. The way they withdrew and left their weapons in Afghanistan makes a mockery of the Charter of the United Nations. So far, the United States has exercised the right of veto more than 80 times. The Indian government’s response to the US-backed resolution at the UN Security Council on February 26, 2022 has been widely accepted by the people of India, as Russia has been a tried friend and exercised veto power to the United Nations four times in favor of India during the crucial moments and especially in 1948 and 1971.

Putin may be a dictator in the eyes of the West by violating the UN Charter and he has threatened to use nuclear energy if the US and NATO come to the rescue of Ukraine. But in this war, it is reimbursing the Americans in the same style in which they have bombed other countries by piggybacking on the United Nations system. It is a total failure of the United Nations system that has been ransomed by Western countries led by the United States. We see that the West has two value systems, one for them and one for other countries. There is a whole ecosystem in the United States and Europe that is ragingly promoting anti-national elements in India with the aim of Balkanizing it like the Soviet Union.

Take the case of the farmers’ unrest last year, the New York era was full of abusive offensive writing in league with anti-Indian forces. Similarly, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau has been highly critical of India’s handling of this unrest and now the whole world is noticing how harshly Canada is dealing with the farmers’ unrest and the New York Times is silent. It is for this reason that China is now emerging as another international tyrant.

(The author is the president of the Center for Resource Management and the Environment. Opinions expressed are personal.)

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