Greetings ! My question is - Do you think that the UN today is as capable and highly usefull organization as it's supposed to be ? My personal opinion is no. My reasons are: 1. The UN is an organization that attempts to control the world democraticly and this means there are two great problems: 1.1 Many of the member countries are not democratic and thus do not really make discisions for their peoples. 1.2 While democratic representatives in a single country, even if they come from different areas, still work for and respect the country as whole, the same doesn't happen in the UN. The UN member countries care very little about the world as a whole. As a result, this supposedly democratic organization turns into a corrupt organization which is hardly capable of making any viable descisions or offering any real solutions based upon basic constitutional laws accepted by most democaratic societies and respected often in even non-democratic ones. Any descision is thus influenced directly by the primary - local/national intrests of each country while ignoring completely things like the better good and/or basicly accepted moral principles. (Examples of that are middle eastern issues. The oil flowing from the arab countries greatly influences all UN discisions. After all, what should a European country, for example, care about anything or anyone in that region ? The relevant issue for them is to get their oil as cheap and as much of it as possible. Because eventually, why should they actually consider basic laws and human principles outside their borders and make sacrifices to that effect, it's rediculous.) 2. The UN is an organization that wishes to represent mankind. And yet, non-democratic countries don't do that. Further more, by providing equal "weight" to countries with hugely differing amounts of population (and the occasionaly relevant - territory) that, again, doesn't happen. 3. The UN allows some countries to veto descisions and be the supreme countries in the organization thus ignoring its own supposedly democratic basis as well as preventing its own ability of being usefull when these countries are in some type of conflict and could use an arbitrary and basic principle based descision. 4. The UN is basicly funded by all countries but the funding and hence influence are not adequatly regulated and distributed, resulting in yet more corruption and self-intrest based descisions this time influenced by the organization itself. Feel free to add more negative points... And don't forget the positive ones if and when you find'em. Live long and prosper.