The best nothing that money can buy 79

Thomas Sowell writes in part:

On the international stage, the great arena for doing nothing is the United Nations.

We have, for example, been doing nothing to stop Iran from getting nuclear bombs, but it has been elaborate, multifaceted and complexly nuanced nothing.

Had there been no United Nations, it would have been obvious to all and sundry that we were doing nothing– and that could have had dire political consequences at election time.

However, thanks to the United Nations, there is a place where political leaders can go to do nothing, with a flurry of highly visible activity– and the media will cover it in detail, with a straight face, so that people will think that something is actually being done.

There may be televised statements and counter-statements– passionate debate among people wearing exotic apparel from different nations, all in an impressive, photogenic setting. U.N. resolutions may be voted upon and published to the world. It can be some of the best nothing that money can buy.

Even when United Nations resolutions contain lofty and ringing phrases about the “concerns” of “the international community” or invoke “world opinion”– or perhaps even warn of “grave consequences”– none of this is likely to lead any country to do anything that it would not have done otherwise.

Iran, for example, has for years ignored repeated U.N resolutions and warnings against building nuclear facilities that can produce bombs. There is not the slightest reason to believe that they will stop unless they get stopped.

Certainly doing nothing will not stop them– not even elaborate diplomatic nothing or even presidential international speech-making nothing.

Posted under Commentary, Defense, Iran, United Nations, United States by Jillian Becker on Tuesday, June 9, 2009

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