AP Human Geography 3.3 Political Organization of Space
What CAN'T the UN do? If we had to guess, we'd say...make the Statue of Liberty disappear. Yeah. There's only one David Copperfield.
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Evolution of the Political Map
Ideas of Territoriality and Power
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And here are potential answers:
All right, well, the United Nations was established in 1945 after World War II
in an effort to prevent future conflicts.
It replaced the largely ineffective League of Nations, not to be confused
with the extremely effective Justice League.
Heck, if someone had had the foresight to put the Justice League in charge,
we wouldn’t have even had to have World War II.
So, could our answer be A: "levy economic sanctions on countries”?
Well, remember, we’re looking for something the UN can’t do,
and levying economic sanctions against countries that step out of line?
Well, it's actually one of their favorite things to do.
That, and play really mean pranks on people… sneaky UN.
Anyway, that whole “levy economic sanctions” thing
is a good way to punish countries that violate human rights
or act too aggressively without actually sending in troops.
It’s basically like your mom cutting off your allowance when you get in trouble,
only it's on a global scale here.
Well, A is not our answer. What about B: “send peacekeepers to conflict areas”?
Well, this is actually something else the UN does on a regular basis.
Those soldiers you see on the news with blue helmets?
Yeah, those are peacekeepers,
and they’re sent to different parts of the world
in order to create strife and mayhem.
They actually keep the peace in war-torn areas that need some help
stabilizing and getting back to normal, like—
anyway, we can get get rid of B.
Next up to bat? C: “request military assistance in the form of troops
and equipment from member states.” Well, those peacekeepers
we just mentioned? They aren't actually part of a standing UN army.
When the UN needs troops and supplies,
it calls upon its member states to supply them.
Then, they plop a blue helmet on their heads, and bam: peacekeepers.
It’s like how you’ve got all those different clones and recruits,
but once they put the helmet on, they’re all stormtroopers...
Except, the UN and the Empire have very different mission statements.
So we can cross off C… which brings us to E:
“fund technology grants to any country.”
You know why no one in your neighborhood it attempting to
burn your crops and steal your possessions?
Yeah, well, because everyone’s too busy playing Pokémon GO.
Seriously, though, there’s a lot less to fight about when everyone has access
to the resources they need to live happy lives.
Improving access to technology plays a huge role in that,
and that's why the UN funds tech grants to countries.
So, our answer isn’t E, and that leaves us just with D:
“legally bind members to intervene in genocide, ethnic cleansing,
and crimes against humanity.” See, as much power as the UN wields,
it still can’t force members to intervene in another country’s business,
even if that business is truly despicable.
You might keep your own room clean, but imagine if your parents
then tried to force you to clean your sister’s room.
Well, there’d probably be some backlash there, right? So, the correct answer is D.
The UN are like the hall monitors of the world: They can get you in trouble,
but they also rely on the teachers to step in and enforce their ruling.
You know who wouldn’t require that extra step?
Yeah, the Justice League… We messed up, guys.