for the United Nations
in the Middle East
HON. ERNEST A. GROSS
The question of the capacity of the membership of the United Nations to make critical choices in the Middle East that are consistent with its founding principles is the question that is under consideration. That organization obviously has suffered severe strains from the moment it took over, with much reluctance, Britain's frustrated responsibilities as mandatory power.
"We have tried for years," the British government announced in 1947, "to solve the problem of Palestine. Having failed so far we now bring it to the United Nations in the hope that it can succeed where we have not." Unfortunately, however, the United Nations in practice has proved that it is not an "it." "It" is a "they"--a diverse and volatile association of sovereign states that in recent times has subverted the processes essential to civilized procedure in the debating forum____________________
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Publication information: Book title: The Middle East:Critical Choices for the United States. Contributors: Eugene V. Rostow - Editor. Publisher: Westview Press. Place of publication: Boulder, CO. Publication year: 1976. Page number: 169.