I welcome this piece by Vasily Bubnov Thus Spoke George II but I think it misses out a central part which is central to the point he is making.
The biggest problem for UNO and for all initiatives to reduce armaments is that, since 1997, no-one can be confident in the future that arms inspections will be honest and impartial and not indulge in out-of-remit intelligence for the benefit of one member country. The challenge to UNO to remedy this by having an impartial team this time is a bigger challenge even than the need to do something about Hussein, in terms of how important it is for the future peace of the world.
In my humble opinion
A year after the constitutional referendum of December 4th, 2016 that saw the victory of the NAY and the blatant defeat of the government front that had proposed the referendum, it can be said with certainty that the trauma for the defeated is now past. But there is still fear in them, not so hidden either...
On December 10, 1948 the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, its thirty articles enshrining basic and fundamental rights guaranteeing dignity of the human person and equality for all, regardless of race, color, creed or gender. A pipe dream?
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