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Should the United States take military action without the approval from the United Nations?

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Started: 10/21/2013 Category: Politics
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bprovostNHS

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America should have the ability to take military action with or without the consent of the United Nations because time means everything when it comes to preventing aggressive acts against America, or another nation. The United Nations has not been effective in their actions to reduce violence in the world mainly because the UN does not act quickly enough. Should a threat to national or international security become present, the United Nations must go through the proper steps in order to secure safety by force ("Fact Sheet: A Comprehensive Strategy and New Tools to Prevent..." 1). Fortunately the world has not yet faced this crisis, but waiting for the United Nations to become officially involved on a topic could mean the burning of nations and chaos across the globe in the future. Should the United States ever feel threatened by an enemy, it would be much faster for the country to decide to invade foreign countries on its own, rather than consult with the United Nations, and wait for their approval and support. Time is a valuable thing, and it could potentially mean a strike against Americans, therefore it is key to act swiftly and logically when a threat manifests itself.
The United States should have the ability to take military action with or without the consent of the United Nations due to the fact that many innocent lives may be at stake should the UN not approve of action upon an issue. Thousands of Tutsis were killed during the Rwanda genocide of 1994, primarily due to the fact that the United Nations did not take part in the defense of the Tutsis during this horrific attack against humanity. "Bill Clinton often says his greatest regret as president is that he didn't do more to stop the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. There were signs that trouble was brewing long before the killing started, but when it did begin, Mr. Clinton and the international community did not act decisively" (Dave and Pendergast 1). The United States did not respond for a multitude of reasons, but one of the main reasons was the fact that the United Nations did not approve military action against the violent genocides that were occurring in Rwanda. Rwanda presents a perfect example of what happens when the United States, the beacon of freedom and morality, does not respond to the call of justice. Had the United States gone against the United Nations, the amount of human lives that would have been spared would have been astronomical. Furthermore , in order to prevent violence and genocide around the world, the United States should make their own decisions to take military action with or without the approval of the United Nations.

"Fact Sheet: A Comprehensive Strategy and New Tools to Prevent..." Humanrights.gov. 23 Apr 2012: n.p. SIRS Government Reporter. Web. 16 Oct 2013.
Eggers, Dave, and John Prendergast. "In Sudan, War Is Around the Corner." New York Times. 13 Jul 2010: A.25. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 15 Oct 2013.
aperryNHS

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The United States should not get involved in conflict without approval of the United Nations. Military intervention is an incredibly violent and drastic measure that should be taken only if completely necessary in order to protect a nation that is threatened (History and Debate of Military Intervention). Often times, the powerful nations, like the United States, don't think about the ways a conflict could end peacefully through compromise and because of the usual jump into violence, the United Nations should be able to regulate which conflicts the United States get involved with. Along with the idea that the United States does not always think about possible peaceful options to end a feud, getting involved in disputes that are not "important" overall, or a serious threat to the country itself, hurts the country more than helps. Billions of dollars are piled into a war effort, as well as thousands of lives. Thousands of soldiers will loose their lives negatively affecting the country that went in (History and Debate of Military Intervention). For this reason, the United States should not be able to get involved in conflict without the approval of the United Nations.

History and Debate of Military Intervention. Debate.org. 2013. Web. 18 October 2013.
Debate Round No. 1
bprovostNHS

Pro

The 9/11 proved to be one of the most trying times in our nation’s history, but it helped show both Americans , and the world that we will not go quietly. After the 9/11 President Bush made a speech to both explain to the confused country what happened, and also raise moral for what was surely to come. “’America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining’” (Bush). Overtime Americans have forgotten what an impact these words had on them, and at the time of the attack, many people were confused, angry, scared, and overall feeling insecure. At the time of the attack many Americans, like President Bush, were seeking justice for those who had seemingly lost everything. At the time of these attacks people wanted actions to be taken, and justice served, but we couldn’t do that without deploying our troops, which many
understood. Congress then passed the House Joint Resolution 64, which instilled military action against those behind the 9/11 attacks; Congress women voted
420 Ayes, 1 Nay and 10 Not Voting (“Bill Text 107th Congress (2001-2002) H.J.RES.64.ATH”). The majority of the American, public wanted the war, and if the UN totally shut down our efforts to move into the middle-east, Americans would have likely pushed for it anyway. This event showed us what we were made of as a country and how we reacted in times of struggle, and also proved that we cannot rely on the UN to hold our hand every time we go to war, because although we received some help from our allies who are members of the UN, we did not get much support from the blue helmets due to the diverse opinions in the war.

Bush, George. “Text of Bush's Address”. Cable News Network LP. 11 September 2001. Web. 17 October 2013.

“Bill Text 107th Congress (2001-2002) H.J.RES.64.ATH.” Congressional Document. (2001): 1. The Library of Congress. Web. 17 October 2013.

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