Those of us who saw the creation of the United Nations were lead to believe at the time that it could be the institution that could “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war” through the force of internationally organised determination to avoid future wars. This hope was destroyed from the very start by the crippling of the Security Council by granting to them the power of frustrating world opinion by the use of the crippling Veto.
It is time the United Nations established laws governing the behaviour of its constituents backed up by legal and enforceable sanctions. The citizens of the world cannot continue to tolerate exposure to the immanent threat of mutual destruction by nuclear or chemical weapons. The time-honoured but discredited balance-of-power method for securing international peace is no longer applicable. Russia and China are working desperately to establish themselves as world powers to counterbalance the dominance of the USA. In the meantime the balance of terror is the only security available.
The question is: how can the moral majority mobilise in order to exert its influence on the major world powers to reform the United Nations and forge it into an effective implement of peace?
I have come to the realisation that the greatest implement of mass influence in the world is religion. Given the right motivation the combined religions of the world, in spite of their chequered past, could be the catalyst that is necessary to stiffen the moral backbone of the nations of the earth and lead the demand for a just global society.
If they can’t do it, nothing else can.