Bloomfreld, Lincoln P.
July 1958
Foreign Affairs;Jul58, Vol. 36 Issue 4, p597
Academic Journal
This article focuses on the role of the United Nations in promoting national security. The Korean War threw a new light on the capabilities of the U.N. as a political mechanism for organizing and demonstrating world-wide resistance to limited Communist aggression. But the disproportionately large contribution which the United States had to make to that fight strengthened the doubt whether the U.N. could play a central role in the short-run protection of American national security. It continued to exercise a powerful attraction for the American people, since it exemplified their great will for peace. But as the custodian of the peace it seemed to be in a fiduciary relationship not to the U.S. but to an unborn generation of men who might have a capacity for managing their affairs rather more harmoniously. Reasons for the American public to favor continued participation in the U.N. were, besides the moral attraction of the Charter ideal, the possibility of using the organization selectively in the settlement of disputes within the free world, and its "secondary" activities involving dependent areas, technical assistance and the humanitarian achievements of the Specialized Agencies.


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