Humans are emotional beings and the single thing that can help us to coexist in a civilized manner, despite our emotions, is the rule of law. Sadly, in our day and age such a thing does not exist. The very institution that was created to establish laws and orders to prevent any repetition of the horrors of WWII -- the UN -- stands impotently by as genocides continue and illegal wars abound -- not least by the very nation of people whose plight prompted the urgent need for such an institution.
It was shamelessly ironic to witness this week how Israel cited the failure to enact UN resolution 1559 as a primary reason for its killing of over 600 Lebanese civilians and 150 Palestinian civilians. Not to mention the abhorrent amount of damage to infrastucture and the condemnation to a lifetime of terror for the young innocents who had to witness their lives and their familes being torn apart -- literally. It was ironic because Israel is itself in violation of countless UN resolutions and has been for a very long time, proving time and again that a system of laws is as useless as the paper it is written on if those laws are not enforced.
What should have been created 60 years ago with the establishment of the UN but which has so far failed to exist is an authentic and authorative world governing body whose laws actually demand submission. It is only then when war criminals like Ariel Sharon, Condoleezza Rice, Madeleine Albright, George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush, Tony Blair, Ehud Olmert, Dickless Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Paul Wolfowitz, Henry Kissinger, Ali Khamenei, Ali Akbar Rafsanjani, and Haji Rezaii, to name a very few who come immediately to mind, will be put behind the bars of international human rights violations and governments like Israel, the United States, Saudi Arabia and others will be forced to think twice before they recklessly and shamelessly destroy innocent peoples' lives.
We need a world governing body that actually governs and enforces laws that the majority of the world -- meaning, the people of the world or those who have been democratically elected by the people precisely for the role of representing them at such a body -- have passed and demanded to be followed. And we need it urgently.