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Monday: January 1, 2007

Simple Logic

Filed under: — site admin @ 6:26 PM UTC
  • The League of Nations is universally considered a pathetic failure.
  • Italy and Japan left the League when criticized for invading Ethiopia and Manchuria, and Nazi Germany left in a dispute over rearmament (Hitler was in favor). Whether nations have become more shameless, or the criticism less stinging, no nation has ever quit the United Nations except as a result of division (Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, the Soviet Union) or unification (North Yemen and South Yemen).
  • The League of Nations expelled the Soviet Union in 1939 for invading Finland. The United Nations has never expelled a member country for invading (or even for seriously threatening to obliterate) another member, though it did expel Taiwan for no good reason.
  • Ergo, the United Nations is a more pathetic failure than the League of Nations ever was. Q.E.D.

1 Comment

  1. Indonesia did quit the UN, or at least purported to do so, in 1965, as a protest over Malaysia’s being given a non-permanent seat on the Security Council. After a coup in Indonesia and termination of hostilities with Malaysia, the new government announced in 1966 that it would resume cooperation with the UN and the UN treated Indonesia more or less as though it had never left.

    Comment by Joshua — Monday: January 29, 2007 @ 3:19 AM UTC

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