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The Syrian government reportedly killed about 1,000 of its citizens, including about 400 children, by way of chemical weapons. Syria is in the middle of a sort of civil war.
U.S. President Barack Obama has said publicly that the United States would intercede militarily against any foreign government that ever utilized such chemical weapons on its citizens.
Today, President Obama is asking Congress for approval for a limited military action against the Syrian government.
If Congress does not stand with President Obama now, what message will that send to Syria and other countries such as Russia and North Korea? Will those countries view the U.S. as weak?
Clearly, the Syrian situation is an issue for the United Nations and the world, not just the United States. It should not be the U.S. government's role to be judge and jury over international affairs. That should be the role of the United Nations.
The Syrian situation has the potential to create a domino effect, if the U.S. chooses to go it alone. Inaction by the United Nations could have the same negative effect.
The United Nations is an international organization whose stated aims include promoting and facilitating cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress, human rights, civil rights, civil liberties, political freedoms and democracy and the achievement of lasting world peace.
The United Nations was founded in 1945 after World War II to replace the League of Nations, to stop wars between countries, and to provide a platform for dialogue. It contains multiple subsidiary organizations to carry out its missions.
The United Nations operates an International Court of Justice. It was also established in 1945. The court's role is to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it and to give advisory opinions on legal questions.