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A member of the Russian delegation raises his hand to vote against a resolution at a Security Council meeting on small arms, during the 68th United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, September 26, 2013.
A member of the Russian delegation raises his hand to vote against a resolution at a Security Council meeting on small arms, during the 68th United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, September 26, 2013.
(CARLO ALLEGRI/REUTERS)

Paul Heinbecker

This week proved that the UN-bashers are wrong

You almost have to pity the two-thirds of the world’s leaders who are currently in New York for an intense week of diplomacy at the annual United Nations General Debate. How can they not see that the UN is “dysfunctional beyond belief,” in the words of Canadian UN-bashers? For the perspicacious Canadian right, it must be a perennial puzzle why the great majority of government leaders seem to find it worthwhile to go to the United Nations each fall.