Arab League Succeeds Where UN Failed?

The Arab League has today announced that it has agreed to create a military force. It should be recognised that this is a significant watershed in the world of international organisations, considering the failure of the United Nations in establishing this.

Chapter VII of the UN Charter sought to create a standing army. In the context of the Cold War tension, nations were not ready to give up the extent of sovereignty that giving an international organisation an army composed of their troops. The ambition of the UN Security Council being the international referee with its own military force, was never realised.

Whilst praise should be slow to be heaped for such an action, until the purpose for which it is used is determined, it is of interest to note that the catalyst was a common threat. It is bracing that a higher purpose (read the preamble to the UN charter) cannot bring people together as much as a practical concern.

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