Greenpeace Calls For General Assembly Of The UN To Step In To Stop War

Let the voices of the WORLD be heard
Greenpeace has blocked ships carrying weapons to the Gulf region using their illustrious “Rainbow Warrior”. I agree with Emily Jones: we should pelt them with baby seals marinated in petrol and scream “Get a job you goddamn hippies!!”. It seems like the most reasonable approach.

Isn’t Greenpeace supposed to be an environmental organization? Shouldn’t they be tormenting us over GM foods?

Even if the General Assembly did as they’re requesting, the chance of us being deterred is nil. It’s a waste of effort on their part.

The leaders of the most powerful nations on Earth have failed us. The Security Council has failed us. The world stands on the brink of war. The UN has one last chance to stand up for peace.

If ever there was a need for the United Nations to rise to the challenge it was conceived to meet, now is that time.

When the majority of world opinion stands opposed to war, who should represent those voices in the halls of the United Nations? The Security Council was built on the premise that the strongest nations, those with nuclear weapons, should have an unequal say in what’s right and what’s wrong. The five permanent members of the UN all hold vetoes, and while they may have been deadlocked over a motion to authorise force against Iraq, they would be equally deadlocked should anyone introduce a resolution condemning the US for acting without that authorisation.

Not so the General Assembly, in which all nations participate equally. Through a little-used mechanism known as Resolution 377A, the “Uniting for Peace” resolution, the General Assembly may be the last hope for disarming Iraq peaceably and stopping the US war machine.

The Uniting for Peace resolution empowers the General Assembly to meet in emergency session to address acts of aggression or a breach of the peace when the Security Council has been unable to act. Its was first used to bring about a cease-fire in the Suez crisis of 1950, forcing Britain and France to withdraw from Egypt within a week, even after they had vetoed calls for a cease-fire in the Security Council. It has been used ten times since then, most often at the request of the United States.

The General Assembly can meet immediately and recommend collective measures to UN members to “maintain or restore international peace and security,” including the deployment of peace-keeping forces. But more importantly, the General Assembly can give political shape to the world-wide outcry against this war. A war that has until now simply not been authorised by the gathered nations of the world should now be forestalled and condemned.

The United States Congress authorized this war last fall. No further authorization is needed.

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