You may have heard that the in response to the recent attacks by Israel on it’s neighbors, the UN security council voted on a resolution aimed at calming tensions. However, this was vetoed by the US. They were the only ones who voted against it.
You may also remember that when North Korea launched missiles the other week, many nations thought the UN Security Council should do something about it. “After all”, you may ask, “That’s what they’re there for.”
But you may also remember that China stated that they would veto any such plans from the security council.
So what exactly IS the Security Council achieving? Very little as I can see it. Perhaps they would have some strength if all countries with a permanent seat withheld their veto, but it seems like that could only happen on planet theoretical.
Back here on Earth we have real conflicts that are taking real lives (and the potential for major problems with North Korea). Yet whatever the situation, there is always one or two countries who have enough political and economic connections with the hostile nation to veto anything against them.
It’s a bit of a concern, really it is.