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September 16, 2002

UN obsolete?

The main problem with the UN at the moment seems to be that most of the member states are not actually democracies. In effect, this means that any action aimed at improving human rights, stopping poverty, avoiding war, ending oppression etc. has to be approved by... dictators, tyrants, warmongers and oppressors. Is it any surprise that most of these efforts are doomed to failure? The most striking example of this is the appointment of Khadaffi as human rights commissioner. Talk about promoting the poacher to game-warden...
So the last days I've been wondering... is there an actual international organization aimed at promoting democracy and freedom in the world? If not, would it help if one was organized? Membership could be based on having free elections, and every member state would have the right to monitor any election in other member states. Refusal to cooperate, or dodgy election practices would result in being banned from the organization. Membership benefits could include mutual assistance, open markets, military co-operation... In other words, all kinds of things that ensure freedom and prosperity, thus making other countries eager to join as well (provided they become democratic).
Would such an organisation work? What do you think?
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