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Bolivia the Champion of Peace and Security at the United Nations Security Council

Bolivia the Champion of Peace and Security at the United Nations Security Council

As a skeptical individual, I often find it very difficult to be moved by the words of diplomats and politicians. This skepticism in part caused by the underlying political agenda of these individuals, which is overlooked by mainstream media. However, today marked one of the few occasions where the words of a world leader genuinely humbled me. During the highly anticipated United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting, chaired by President Donald Trump, the incumbent president of the council, one world leader truly stood out as a champion of peace and security. This UNSC meeting delved into the topic of non-nuclear proliferation. One of the high stake issues was the Iran Nuclear Deal. On this topic, there is an overwhelming consensus on the implementation of this deal. The United States's opinions and comments about this deal caused it to be isolated, even by its closest allies such as France and the United Kingdom. Though in following the common diplomatic procedures, relics of the 20th century, no leader confronted the controversial and hypocritical actions of the incumbent United States administration. The lack of meaningful and ambiguous statements continued until the President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, was granted the floor to address all other 14 members of the UNSC. It was during this speech, where a significantly weaker country took the courage to call out one of the world's most powerful nations, that we truly saw the purpose of the united nations. The spineless and self-centered diplomats of the permanent members of the UNSC have failed in the past century erogenous failure to uphold the goals of this institution.

In his address to the UNSC, President Morales was the only leader to bring to light the facade of American diplomats who champion themselves as protectors of democracy and human rights. President Morales delved into the historical acts of neo-colonialism conducted by former American administrations, in the name of peace and security, which contradict the foundational philosophies of democracy. Morales conveyed his grave concerns about the covert tactics implemented by the United States government, currently and in the past, to undermine governments in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. He noted the CIA's involvement in the 1953 Coup of Iran's democratically elected Prime Minister. He went over how the United State's attack on multilateralism is equivalent to an attack on the global democratic values. The Bolivian President also made clear that the ambitions of the United States are not in favor of the international community. He cites the United States continued violations of international laws and their institutions, as well as continued covert military operations that violate state sovereignty as evidence of American evil intent.

The comments of President Morales should evoke strength in informed global citizens who understand how development policies of the west are merely new tools of contemporary colonialism. This issue should be discussed, in the most significant venue of global politics, if we genuinely want to tackle these issues. Therefore, if we seek to change and long-lasting peace we should hold the leaders of powerful countries accountable to their duty to elaborate on these concerns, as opposed to merely mentioning their opinions.

It is moments such as these, where hope shines in intergovernmental institutions, such as the United Nations, which have come under a lot of scrutinies by nationalist and xenophobic politicians.

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