Any question in anyone's mind? Read it all:
Is the UN a defender of the weak against
aggression by the powerful? Not exactly. Two of this planet's most intractable
conflicts pit small democracies against vastly more populous neighbouring
states. In both cases, the UN treats the democracies – Israel, Taiwan – like
This record may explain why the UN is regarded by so many Americans as neither moral nor authoritative – and why American leaders of both political parties reject UN attempts to control American actions. And indeed, when we talk about UN authority, it is UN
authority over America that we always seem to have in mind. The UN is the stated
topic, but it is American power that is the real subject of concern.