July 26, 2012
By Armenak Minasyants (President of AEGEE-Yerevan, Speaker of International Politics WG of AEGEE-Europe)
“If blue helmeted UN peacekeepers show up in your town or village and offer to protect you, RUN.”
Few days ago in the evening I was making my usual staff in internet: surfing, surfing and again surfing at internet news channels and Facebook/Twitter, when suddenly I noticed this controversial photo which at least for me was both too funny and also a real cold shower late at night.
Yes, the photo maybe is too sarcastic but it has many things inside to say to whole humankind. The UN peacekeeper with his blue helmet just standing nearby the banner of the UN with motto “Involved in Peace”. Once George W. Bush made a great quote which I usually use a lot “The World has changed after September 11!”
As much time is passing from 9/11, as much I understand that Mr. President was totally right. The new grasp of changes is spreading all over the world: the political regimes which have been in charge for decades are tumbling down, the new political elites are being formed, but just another question is getting raised after all this; what would be the next? What shall we expect from the world order which is slightly becoming something like a global chaos!
In the above mentioned context the “Syria Case” is the best one which shows how today the modern international politics work out. No, I am absolutely not a pessimist nor a anti-globalization activist, even more; I am always supporting any globalization initiative as in my personal perception they might be the real key to sustainable development and peace building in the World, but the situation what we see today in the international politics mostly looks like as a global chaos, than a sustainable development and Syria is just a good example of what we have now.
Already for 16 months Syria has been involved in civil war and what has been the reaction of global powers? Just meaningless resolutions and statements which in any case could not stop the war and slaughterous fratricidal war between the Syrian current authorities and rebels. As a result, what do we see? Thousands of Syrians running from their homes to Jordan and Lebanon, big refugee camps on the Syrian-Turkish border, useless diplomatic missions of the Arab League and other international institutions.
In this regard I would like to pay special attention to the position which right now holds the United Nations, as the Organization which is responsible for maintaining peace all over the world. During last decades and particularly the after the collapse of the Soviet Empire many researchers and experts of international politics have expressed positions that the UN shall be reformed in order to be in correspondence with the requirements of the World of 21st Century, but nobody could even think that this powerful and the most important international institution may get to such useless situation in which it is right now.
Sad to say but the word “useless” for this moment totally describes the present situation, as one may easily check that even according to Wikipedia “The United Nations (abbreviated UN in English, and ONU in French and Spanish), is an international organization whose stated aims are facilitating cooperation in international law, international security,economic development, social progress, human rights, and achievement of world peace. The UN was founded in 1945 after World War II to replace the League of Nations, to stop wars between countries, and to provide a platform for dialogue. It contains multiple subsidiary organizations to carry out its missions.”
So enough for Wikipedia, let’s get back to business; so where are international law, security, economic development, social progress, human rights, and achievement of world peace in Syria? A minute break for thinking…
In the beginning of 1990s there were big hopes that the end of US-Soviet rivalry, which in the past had paralyzed the Security Council of the UN, would mostly free the U.N. to become more assertive. But these kind of hopes have been easily collapsed as during that period the humankind got experienced with the horrible acts of genocide in Rwanda, massacres and genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia during which the blue helmeted UN peacekeepers were just following everything as observers and even did not put a finger on finger to stop the violence.
And another even more ironic fact is just coming to depress me even more; when you are getting to the official webpage of the United Nations Organization (http://www.un.org/) you get the following statement while picking the webpage’s language – United Nations: It’s your world!
Taking into account the latest developments in Syria and all over the Arab states during last year and half, as well as the dark stories of 1990’s, do not know how the UN officials think, but I totally do not want to have such world! The world which is full of inequality and double standards, the world in which only the strongest states are just moving forward their political goals and interests, the world in which where is no security, no possibilities for guaranteeing economic development and social progress, the world in which human rights and peace are just some kind of things which could be easily put on the negotiations table and could be exchanged for a barrel of oil! That is whole story of present international politics.
Usually in international affairs and politics of each time period has its name (Cold War, Versailles-Washington and etc.), so after making so many conclusions and remarks I have started to think how the present time period will be called in the future.
Definitely in my opinion it shall be called the age of UNINVOLVEMENT in PEACE, as for common viewer, observer it is obvious that neither the UN, nor any other power wants to get hands in blood and it’s really high time for just RUNNING, when we see blue helmeted peacekeepers somewhere in the world…
Author : ipwg