In 1945, a horrific war had ended and the United Nations was born with a pledge to build a world of peace.
In 2015, seventy years later, the dreams of peace have been replaced by the night-mares of war. It reminds of the foresight of the Mexican delegate to the signing of the UN Charter in San Francisco in June 1945 when he said: “We have created an institution in which the mice will be controlled but the tigers will roam around freely.” Wars and conflicts prevail. Not all but much can be explained by irresponsible power politics, despicable double-standards and a frightening disregard of international law. The Middle East has become a geo-political laboratory with Iraq as a major involuntary testing chamber. Civil society around the world will not relent until impunity is replaced by accountability.
Hans-C. von Sponeck, Former UN Assistant Secretary-General and UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, living in Germany.