Action cures fear, inaction creates terror – Douglas Horton
The members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) were possessed by passivity and inactivity in the initial hours of their discussions, with many crises at hand going unanswered and unresolved. Underlying this – the nation representatives engaging in futile debate leading to no substantive result.
The first crisis update informed the member nations of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a militant group in Uganda who had attacked a church on January 3rd 2012, where the villagers had gathered for a weekly sermon. As a result, 49 casualties had ensued and 85 locals had been locked inside the chapel while the remaining had been kidnapped by Joseph Kony; and his men to be forced to join the LRA. Uganda appealed to the Council to provide it assistance in curbing the attacks of the LRA on civilians. Uselessly, the member nations of the UNSC only made hollow promises and gave false words, failing to exert qualitative measures to rectify the situation. This was an act which reflected the sheer callousness and irrelevant outlook the countries possess even at a time when crucial action is the need of the hour. The ineptness and incompetency of the UNSC was brought further under the lens when the LRA burned down houses and killed more civilians. The Ugandan government subsequently refused any further aid from the UNSC since none had been given till then. Only Iran and Guatemala proved to be successful in giving help owing to their Independent Actions.
Furthermore, the second crisis brought news of more suicide bombings in Allepo and Syria and the emergence of a new group of non-state actors, Jabhat al-Nusra. Tracing the bombs, the Syrian government itself backed the revelation of Russia being the puppeteer behind the scenes.
Again, the UNSC’s discourse proved to be ineffective and creases of partiality begin to show in the fabric usually kept crisp. Since both these crises dealt with militancy and anti-establishment acts along with severe loss for the civilians, action to curtail their influences was expected but not delivered. Even though the Allies supported and attempted to initiate directives towards solving the problems, the western states led by the United States did not show much enthusiasm. This simply reflects the self-preserving ideals and manipulation of the United States inducting the UNSC into an underling for it and operating as a hand in the glove.