It's Debatable: Should the United States withdraw from the United Nations?

In this week’s “It’s Debatable” segment, Rick Rosen and Charles Moster debate whether the United States should withdraw from the United Nations. Rosen retired as a professor from the Texas Tech University School of Law and is a retired U.S. Army colonel. Moster is founder of the Moster Law Firm based in Lubbock with seven offices including Austin, Dallas, and Houston. Rosen – 1 Rick Rosen The United Nations was founded after World War II “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war …” by “maintain[ing] international peace and security ….” Sadly, the UN has never come close to achieving this objective. The world has witnessed countless conflicts since its formation. Today, prospects for world peace are even more remote considering Russia’s war with Ukraine, the Israeli-Hamas conflict, numerous civil wars, China’s pledge to invade Taiwan, Venezuela’s threat to take part of neighboring Guyana, Iran’s vow to eradicate Israel, and North Korea’s warning of nuclear strikes against South Korea and the United States. As observed nearly 40 years ago: “Far from being a help in the effort to ensure peace with freedom and justice, the UN has become the home of a double standard of morals, of a crooked view of world relations.” And last September a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace scholar stated: “The UN has contributed to dramatic failures—often as a result of indecision, either when member states can’t agree, as in the war in Syria; when their agreement falls far short of what’s needed, as in Bosnia or Rwanda; or when they selectively apply, or don’t apply, international norms to suit their interests, as in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.” Moreover, the UN is wholly incompetent in other areas. For example, the UN’s World Health Organization helped China cover-up the seriousness of COVID by falsely asserting […]

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