“Let us boldly state that aggression…wherever it occurs…is an international crime, that it is the duty of every peace-loving state…to employ whatever force is necessary to crush it…I venture to impress upon my hearers that the great work of peace is resting not only on the narrow interest of our own nations. The League is dead. Long Live the United Nations.”
These words were uttered by Nobel Peace Prize winner Sir Robert Cecil at the closing ceremonies of the toothless League of Nations, where he expressed his hopes and dreams for the new international body: the United Nations.
The Charter of the UN states in its preamble:
WE THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS DETERMINED
· To save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and
· To reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and
· To establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and
· To promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
AND FOR THESE ENDS
· To practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors, and
· To unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and
· To ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and
· To employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples,
HAVE RESOLVED TO COMBINED OUR EFFORTS TO ACCOMPLISH THESE AIMS
Accordingly, our respective Governments, through representatives assembled in the city of San Francisco, who have exhibited their full powers found to be in good and due form, have agreed to the present Charter of the United Nations and do hereby establish an international organization to be known as the United Nations.
The Charter continues:
1. Membership in the United Nations is open to all other peace-loving states which accept the obligations continued in the present Charter and, in the judgment of the Organization, are able and willing to carry out these obligations.
2. The admission of any such state to membership in the United Nations will be effected by the decision of the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council.
Iran has violated both the letter and spirit of the United Nations charter. And the United Nations debases itself by not only continuing its membership but providing a forum at its General Assembly for its leaders to espouse hatred and vitriol.
More on this in my next blog.