REPLACING THE UN? The Weekly Standard’s David Gelernter offers his ideas on building a successor organization. (Thanks to Occam’s Toothbrush for the link.)

While I find Gelernter’s piece interesting, I don’t find his organization to solve any problems. Sure, it would be easier to work with an organization consisting of only countries the US and UK invited in. But what would be the point of that? We already have the cooperation of the UK and others who see the world as we do. Why would we need to create yet another inter-governmental organization to do that? The whole point of the UN is to create a forum where wildly disparate states can come together in a formal setting to hash out their differences. It often doesn’t work, but that’s to be expected.

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