For all the ranting about democratic processes that I hear from the left, I'm a little baffled by the inconsistent cry for more authority being placed in the hands of the United Nations. This is perhaps the most undemocratic international body history has ever seen.
The newest developments to surface from the UN regarding scandal and rampant corruption is nothing the American right (and yes, even the extreme right) has not already talked about for more than a decade. Funny how some conspiracy "theories," given enough time and space, finally take flight on the wings of fact. The Clinton years (and the Bush Sr. years) were, I think, one long string of efforts to lend credibility to this body as something which has authority over any individual sovereign state. This does, in fact, cause many problems--both practically and philosophically!
Hear my rant:
First, the whole corruption problem is an outgrowth of the practicality issue. As soon as someone like Kofi Annan deems that he has legitimate authority over every country in the planet (just think of that!), he has set himself above all recognizable law (in his eyes). Who can possibly question someone if they recognize this kind of authority? Thankfully it was only in his own eyes he was above law.
Before we go totally philosophical just yet, let me just in summary say that this makes for incredible corruption and bureaucratic inefficiency (Iraq), tragic mistakes (Rwanda), and ridiculous policies regarding membership of dictatorial countries (need I provide examples?).
The philosophical (even theological) issues are disconcerting in my humble opinion. The issues of what makes a just war, the sovereignty of nation states and the lessons of history all come to bear when we take but a shallow peak at the UN.
A recognized world government would lead to the demise of freedom as we know it. There is nothing more damaging to independence than the destruction of government restraint. The United States is so free, in part, because our government is severely restricted--unlike most countries of the world. To think that we could maintain this kind of restraint, or even get it, in a world setting is foolish and short-sighted in the extreme!
To meddle with the sovereignty of a nation-state is, in and of itself, a breach of God's Law. Governments have been instituted by Him for the purpose of keeping peace and tranquility and administering justice to the citizenry.
So the question presents itself: if governments and nations are equally sanctioned by God, how than can there be a just war? The answer lies in recognizing that some acts of government are contrary to the reasons government was instituted. Just as a citizen of one society might commit a crime against God and his fellow man, forfeiting his rights as a member of society, so a government may “delegitimize" itself, for example, by committing acts of gratuitous violence among its citizenry. In such cases, the people of that country have a responsibility (love they neighbor) to depose such government from rule. If, as in many cases, this is not possible, then other nations ought to consider their own positions with regard to that government. They have a just right in not recognizing that government; it is only without recognition that there is room for just war. Likewise, it is only another nation with a legitimate governing body that can declare war and justly subdue the rogue government.
Now imagine... If the United Nations is recognized as superior to the nation-state, all ability to even declare war is cut off. The very body which God instituted to carry such responsibility has been negated and shattered. In light of the UN's inglorious history of saving people from genocide or stopping terrorism, it would be a titanic blunder to abandon all consistent, orderly and historical methods of justice and rule and to place our faith in a bureaucracy of unprecedented and incomprehensible potential! To do so is not your simple jump over the cliff. No, my friends, this is more akin to loading all of mankind onto the U.N
.S. Enterprise and sailing off the edge of a flattened earth.