After reading the headline in the Herald Sun, “Panel Calls for Sweeping U.N. Reform,” I have to admit, I was a little excited. For years I have been wary of the United Nation’s structure and international goals. Since its formation ? in my opinion simply a beefed-up League of Nations ? the U.N. has done nothing but create a somewhat civilized front on which to perform some political Vaudeville performance. Behind desks and advisors, the U.N. has only provided the mere semblance of peaceful world-wide negotiations which many see as the only way to lead to world peace. I had hoped that things might begin to change. I was wrong.

What the article reveals, somewhat indirectly, is that the U.N. is itself just some tyrannical power, divided amongst a council, whose goal it is to slowly glean the power of the nation-state and deposit it into their collective hands. A report newly released by the Security Council explains the U.N.’s need to take “collective action to tackle threats to global security and to make the Security Council “‘more proactive’.”

This new approach entails limiting the ability of a nation-state to take military preemptive action against threats; redefining when a “threat” actually is a threat; addressing the possibility of creating permanent seats for other countries; and it reaffirms the importance of long, drawn out debates as a precursor to military action.

I fear that if we pass on the responsibility of such weighty decisions as war to a world council, we may see ourselves on the losing side of a war on terror.