Why do conservatives dislike the United Nations? As far as I can tell, two reasons. The first is that most evangelicals tend to interpret the book of Revelation to the effect that there will be one world government under the reign of the Antichrist, which makes them paranoid about the UN; second, most nations disagree with the perspective of US conservatives on most issues (i.e. war, Israel, international aid, testing of nuclear weapons,etc) so the UN is quite often the bearer of an agenda the conservatives dislike.
However, as neither of these two is much of an argument against the UN per se, conservatives often tend to get incoherent when discussing the UN. A favorite trick: set a high standard for the U.N. it was never meant to fulfill, and attack it for failing to fulfill it. Watch Joe Scarborough do it:
A million Rwandan citizens were hacked to death in the mid-1990's.This would make sense if the UN, you know, had an army it could send. Indeed, if it were within Kofi Annan's power to instantaneously stop the genocide in Darfur, it would be shocking if he didn't. But the United Nations depends on the member states to volunteer armies, and when none do, it is powerless. During the Rwandan genocide, for example, the UN tried to get troop commitments from the member states to be able to stop the genocide; but none agreed.
But the United Nations did nothing.
A few years later, genocide struck the African continent again in Sudan.
That's right. The same Sudan that is once again in the grip of a brutally efficient killing machine.
The situation got so bad by 1997 that I worked together with human rights groups and former New York Times editor Abe Rosenthal to get the word out across America that millions were being persecuted.
Once again, the United Nations did nothing.
Reports out of Sudan eight years ago told of children as young as eight years old being crucified for their parents' beliefs. Other young boys and girls were sold into slavery for as little as $15.
Things became so bleak that the United Nations and the Clinton Administration did, well, nothing.
In fact, when I tried to pass a resolution through Congress calling for sanctions against the murderous regime, Clinton's State Department fought it with all their might...
Fast forward eight years and you find that little has changed.
President Bush has called the crisis in Sudan genocide, but he has done little to stop it.
The United Nations has muttered about how the Sudan situation is unfortunate, but once again Kofi Annan has refused to do anything that will end the suffering on his home continent.
This is not a flaw in the design; it is the design. The UN is not a global police force, and it does not try to be. It is a forum and a structure through which member states can coordinate actions related to peacekeeping, international law, and aid.
This is a blindingly obvious point, and yet somehow it has managed to escape Scarborough.
P.S. Incidentally, the part about Clinton doing nothing is a lie.