Love and Hate toward the United Nations

One of the most interesting discussions about the United Nations is to hear others’ thoughts on very existence of the United Nations itself. This debate is especially the case for the people of the United States of America, where American participation is widely requested and wanted by the United Nations and its member states.

According to UN Patch, new research from the bipartisan polling team of Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies and Geoff Garin of Hart Research Associates shows that a strong majority of Americans (59%) are favorably disposed to the United Nations, while only 29% say they have an unfavorable image of the UN. Majorities of Independence, Republicans and Democrats still view the UN as a relevant institution to keep peace around the world, provide humanitarian and disaster relief and so forth. As much as positive views toward the UN are relevant, negative opinions toward the UN are relevant as well. Most of its stated objectives are not yet fulfilled, and commitments asked toward the America by the United Nations do seem to be working against the American interest and its national soverignity. If all these opinions are relevant, is there any way to enhance national interests within the United Nations? Actually, there is a story where Americans have shown their power and will through the United Nations which enhanced her role as the world leader.

Exactly 60 years ago, UN forces, largely composed of U.S Army, landed in a relatively unknown place called Korea. Over three years of the conflict, more than 35000 American soldiers sacrificed their lives for the country they never heard of before, along with many other servicemen from other 15 countries. Through this commitment and sacrifice from members of the United Nations, Republic of Korea was not just saved. It embraced political and economic system which Americans endorsed, and now became a nation that produce Samsung cellphones to Hyundai cars which we often enjoy making fun out of. Its economy is big enough that Korea is also looking for a way to get away for large dues and commitments asked by the United Nations. American sacrifice and commitment became a foundingstone for the country to become developed nation from the poorest nation in the world. Without the Americans’ commitments through the United Nations, what we more know as South Korea would not exist as today (Of course, I would not be in Tufts to write this as well) . Rather than being harmful to American interests, It is now the major ally of the United States of America along with Japan in the Far East while one of its citizen serving as the General Secretary of the United Nations.

Despite of much criticisms that U.S involvement in the UN will not do anything for the World and well as the Americans, the dedicated commitment has shown that positive changes can be achieved. The  American involvement led Koreans to appreciate and value liberal democracy as its way to change themselves and they did so. If we can maybe have our faith toward the United Nations once again, it might be possible that countries like Sudan, Haiti or Lebanon to be developed nations and important friends of the United States of America.

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About unagbtufts

Quinn Connors is a senior at Tufts University majoring in International Relations and concentrating on the Middle East. Seoho Lee is a senior majoring in Political Science and International Relations concentrating on East and Southeast Asia. They are currently serving as Student Ambassadors for the United Nations Association of Greater Boston.
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