A 6 page argumentative essay that supports the argument for UN peacekeeping. The writer reviews the stated function, peacekeeping failures, successes and lessons learned in support of the argument for. Bibliography lists 17 sources.
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on a global basis (Taylor 767). There are many who provide good evidence why the peacekeeping missions have not worked, but when considering the fairly recent formation of this
peacekeeping entity and the alternatives to it, it is the most viable entity for keeping peace on the planet. The reasons for a
worldwide peacekeeping task force became apparent to UN framers at the end of World War II. After the destruction witnessed in World War I, it was hoped that no
country would again attempt another expansionist move, but this was strictly voluntary. Under the League of Nations charter, governments were "obliged" to guarantee rights to minorities, but the charter focused
on education and cultural spheres, and the Leagues Council could only take military action under "certain circumstances" (Manzower 49). Intervening in a nation was considered a violation of a
states autonomy. League policies made it clear that "a State was free to persecute its own nationals in its own territory as it saw fit" (Manzower 47).
After the Nazi expansion, however, "a revival and reinvigoration of international law thus emerged as the natural adjunct to liberal concern for world
peace and, in particular, for the safeguarding of human rights" (Manzower 47(17)). The UN charter was upgraded to provide sanctions against "extermination" and other human rights violations. Under the
UN charter, the Security Council can use military force to intervene in such cases (Helms 15A). This came to light during the
1960s and 1970s, when the United States, the Soviet Union and other G-7 states, ever willing to intervene in small conflicts, set up violent puppet regimes, particularly in Central America,