By Jim Yardley April 11, 2015 | Comments| Print friendly |
To answer the title question as succinctly as possible only requires two words – Not Much.
Founded in 1945 as a reaction to the incredible destruction the entire world suffered because of World War II, the main goal of the newly created United Nations was clearly as a tool to be used to prevent a sequel. Particularly after the way the United States brought the war in Asia to an abrupt halt after dropping nuclear weapons on the two Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Was the United Nations successful in preventing an exchange of nuclear weapons ever since? In reality, even though there have been no further nuclear weapons actually used, the United Nations really hasn’t helped. Sovereign nations that, in fact, possessed the Bomb, and had enemies that clearly also had military weapons of the same type, certainly didn’t need to rely on the U.N. to deter their enemy from using a first strike capability. The United States and the U.S.S.R. certainly had their tense moments, but no one reached out to push their launch buttons. Neither did India or Pakistan, although they are nearly always at a high state of alert in both nations and,,,,,,,,,,,,,,