Date: 2003-04-30 00:38:02
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As many comments have noted, the UN does some good work and the world certainly needs a body like it. But unlike private corporations which renew themselves under competitve pressure or governments which renew themselves under electoral pressure, the UN has no mechanism for renewal and revitalization. Recall the UN was itself a rejuvenation of the League of Nations. Its decline is the just the natural decay of time. The stream of failures of its Security Council to act in a timely fashion over the last decade is the most visible signal that now is the time to dismantle and rebuild a fresh organization. Canada and the world should exploit the non-payment situation to pressure non-paying countries like the US to help rebuild an organization that they would be too embarrassed not to be part of and not to support by paying on time. Tapping our creativity to actually do this would be a dialogue exercise in itself and a suitable follow-on for DFAIT to sponsor when this discussion forum ends tomorrow.
To everyone, thank you for the opportunity to participate. And to the odd US citizen lurking out there, we Canadians don't really want to come across as whining about big brother South of us all the time, but we would rather you regard us as a trustworthy constructive conscience whose advice is hopefully worth listening to.