rn> re: UN, peace “force”, etc…


Richard Moore

Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2000 13:15:27 -0400
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From: Hans Sinn <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Re: rn: re: Nader's ideas on peace force
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Dear Paul,

I appreciate your concern with bringing armed gangs and
militias of various stripes under control. I am not sure how
your idea of "force" fits into Ralph Nader's statement 
"What we need is to declare as a foreign policy is that
non-violence is the top priority".

It seems, you are supporting the original and as yet
unrealized plan of the UN founders to provide the UN with
its own standing Armed Forces. While I am supporting a new
proposal, which is to provide the UN with its own standing
Non-Violent Peace Force. It remains to be seen if the UN
could have in fact both, a standing armed (peace) force and
standing non-violent peace force.

Best wishes,



Dear Hans,

I think we need to look at the sources of the various
conflicts in the world before it makes sense to talk about
remedies.  Media propaganda blames conflicts on tribal
emnities, demented dictators, and the like -- while
characterizing the West as some kind of good-samaritan who
comes along and saves the day.

This propaganda is of course false.  It is the Western
powers who intentionally create the conditions that lead to
conflict, as a means of maintaining imperial control.  As
long as this continues, it is rather absurd to think the UN
could do anything to alleviate the situation.  Either the UN
would be impotent, as it traditionally has been, or else it
would act as an agent of the imperialist West -- a role it
is being increasingly dragged into.

Before we can talk about a regime of _maintaining peace; we
need to remove the _cause of conflicts.  As for "the
original and as yet unrealized plan of the UN founders to
provide the UN with its own standing Armed Forces"...
consider the citation below.


        Recommendation P-B23 (July, 1941) stated that worldwide
        financial institutions were necessary for the purpose of
        "stabilizing currencies and facilitating programs of capital
        investment for constructive undertakings in backward and
        underdeveloped regions." During the last half of 1941 and in
        the first months of 1942, the Council developed this idea
        for the integration of the world.... Isaiah Bowman first
        suggested a way to solve the problem of maintaining
        effective control over weaker territories while avoiding
        overt imperial conquest. At a Council meeting in May 1942,
        he stated that the United States had to exercise the
        strength needed to assure "security," and at the same time
        "avoid conventional forms of imperialism." The way to do
        this, he argued, was to make the exercise of that power
        international in character through a United Nations body. -
        Laurence Shoup & William Minter, in Holly Sklar's
        Trilateralism (see access), writing about strategic
        recommendations developed during World War II by the Council
        on Foreign Relations.

Richard K Moore
Wexford, Ireland
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