The annual clambake for the UN has come around again. It isn’t pushed as much in schools these days as it was in the past. At least that is my observation of my children and grandkids and their school experience. The media and bureaucracy have long pushed for what they perceive to be institutions that are progressive and forward looking. That was the UN back in the old days. As schoolchildren my generation was spoon fed platitudes about the value of the UN for all mankind. It was going to make the world a safe place and wars a thing of the past.
As a small child I remember the special presentations we had to sit through in the auditorium with films and the UN flag on display during UN month. We were told that this organization was a celebration of all the people of the world and was there to assure a peaceful and progressive world. In class this was further explained with details about the formation and operation of the UN and the Security Council. We even had tests on these subjects. We were taught to look beyond the shores of the US and find worth in all the peoples of the world.
Of course there was little mention of the Soviet influence at the UN. Don’t remember that there was ever any condemnation of the Soviets or Stalin. Likewise there was silence about the Chi Comms and Mao. These special assemblies and classroom work started about third grade or so and we were still having special events honoring UN day all the way through High School. I don’t remember any mention of the UN with regard to the Korean War. We only got any help from the Aussies, Kiwis and I think some Indians and maybe a small British contingent to help out.
I don’t remember my Dad talking about the UN one way or the other to influence my thinking but I was even at a very young age very leery of this organization. I was old enough and aware enough to know that Stalin was a truly evil man and the commies were set on world domination. They openly declared that was their goal. They were not shy about it. They fostered active and violent local commie organizations in Britain, France and Italy and of course East Germany was under their thumb. Those organizations were large in each country and totally controlled from Moscow.
The UN was flawed from the git go with allowing all those “independent” Soviet territories to have separate membership and voting rights in the general assembly of the UN. Also the Security Council was stacked with the Soviets and the Chi Coms having a veto power there. What were Roosevelt and Truman thinking? I am pretty old now and honestly can’t think of a single instance when the UN really did any good any where in the world. The Berlin Airlift, the Balkans (with the replete stories and rape and pillage by UN forces), not Korea, the Middle East, anywhere in latin America, the corrupt African countries they have been sent to like the Congo which is the very definition of a failed State.
I could never work up any pride at all in the UN even as a youngster, indeed I viewed it as an impediment to the interests of the US. Hey I am all for world peace but believe various bi-lateral or even multi-lateral treaties are and will be more effective toward that end. I never wanted to live in the United Nations of America, I liked the United States. Today it is a bloated and expensive bureaucracy and pinnacle of elitism run rampant and openly hostile to the US.
Remember Governments don’t earn or make money, they only spend it after taking it from the people.