What the founders of the UN intended

Michael Hoover hoov at SPAMfreenet.tlh.fl.us
Sat Sep 25 08:29:48 MDT 1999

> Phyllis Bennis, "Calling the Shots", (Olive Branch, 1996):
> U.S. government controlled the bottom line, and its representatives, had not
> traveled to Dumbarton Oaks, and later to San Francisco, only to talk about
> peace and justice and internationalism; Washington’s agenda was power.
> By the end of the conference, the U.S. delegation had won support
> for structural, economic, and mandate decisions that effectively guaranteed
> Washington’s domination of the UN for years to come.
> stated aims for the new United Nations organization were wide-ranging
> and socially ambitious.
> the founding document acknowledged the integral links between the political,
> socio-economic, and military aspects of peace,
> That meant creating a complex system responsive to a wide variety of
> political, economic, cultural, and human needs. On paper, the new UN system
> did just that. As noted UN scholar Erskine Childers de- scribes it:
> "Taken together, the constitutions of the System gave humanity a
> comprehensive international social contract for the first time. The
> constitution of the new Food and Agriculture Organization of the United
> Nations (FAO) committed governments "to contribute to the expansion of the
> world economy and to liberate humanity from hunger."
> Louis Proyect

US intent can be seen in its attitude towards United Nations Relief and
Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA).  A precursor of sorts to UN
agencies such as FAO & UNESCO, WWW2 Allied Powers created in UNRRA in
1943 to provide food, build hospitals and roads, and renew industrial
production in war-torn areas.  About US $4 billion of aid was
distributed between 1943-1947 (almost 75% of which was from US).
Recipients included Austria, Byelorussia, China, Czecholsovakia, Greece,
Italy, Poland, Ukraine, Yugoslavia.

US opposition to UNRRA became pronounced after WW2 ended in 1945.  Truman
Administration criticized aid sent to pro-Soviet countries, complained
that UNRRA did not employ sufficient number of US administrators and
technicians, and even suggested that food aid was not needed.  UN General
Assembly rejected 1946 US proposal to eliminate program.

Above example how show US support for international cooperation/efforts/
organizations is determined by goals of US imperial power.  As true to
today as it was then, irrespective of folks (including some policymakers)
who may be motivated by humanitarian concerns.    Michael Hoover

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