Some fundamental changes would have to be made to the UN before it could be
trusted to control the world's only major military force.
The first of these would be the removal of the veto right of the permanent
members of the Security Council.
If the UN had more power to act militarily when either the General
Assembly or the Security Council saw the need
then there would be little need for
individual nations to have their own military forces. Since WW2 and
formation of UN there have been few wars in which one nation invaded
another; largely because of the UN.
(A notable exception was in 2003 when the US lead a coalition in the
immoral, illegal and unjustified invasion of Iraq.)
The military forces of individual nations could and should be strictly
limited by international law.
The advantages are as obvious as they are huge. Greatly reduced spending
on weapons and savings could go into environment, education, health,
international aid, and other humanitarian or responsible uses.
This would answer the 'rogue states' problem.
Why is so little said about a world military force?
- Atmospheric pollution
- It is often to the short-term advantage of individual nations to
allow atmospheric pollution, while it is disadvantageous to the world
as a whole.
- Fisheries in international waters
- There is no advantage to one nation to try to place controls on
fish catches if other nations do not have restrictions in place.
There must be some sort of international body in charge.
- Nuclear weapons
- Many nations see possession of nuclear weapons as security, but
for the world as a whole the more nations with nuclear weapons the
greater the risk of nuclear war.
- International boundaries
- If the boundary between two nations is in dispute then there
must be a world body to decide the case if justice is to have any
chance of prevailing. Otherwise the decision can be made by
whoever has the most guns.
- Fair sharing of resources
- For example, if a river flows through one nation into another
there is need for some authority above the two nations to resolve
disputes about the equitable sharing of the water.
There seems to be paranoia in the USA about a plot to establish a
single world government. Some Americans see it as the work of Satan.
One wonders whether these crackpot theories are encouraged by some
within the US government. These conspiracy theorists talk about a
plot by the 'Illuminati'; "Those who direct the Illuminati are against
Christ and for Satan".
Also see my notes on this subject under