UNITED NATIONS: Bend or Break?

The veto in the U.N. Security Council was not exclusively a Russian invention. The U.S. Senate itself would not have ratified the U.N. Charter in 1945 if the veto had been omitted. Last week the U.S. and six other nations (Canada, France, Philippines, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay) submitted to the U.N. General Assembly a plan to bypass the sacred veto. No event in U.N.'s history—not even the decision to defend Korea—had more significance. The new proposal, well received by most of the delegations, meant that even the great powers (Russia excepted) were now willing to submit to the will...

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