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Whac-a-Mole

We often get upset about the state of the world, don't we. We wish our world leaders would do more. The Head of the World Food Program, David Beasley, for example , recently summed up what a lot of us think: " I am very upset with world leaders. They 're all running around playing Whac-a-Mole and not solving serious problems. Slow down, solve Yemen, solve Ethiopia, solve Ukraine - just solve one of them!". But that point overlooks the (for some reason unspoken) reality - there are no world leaders. There is no body or body politic that has the job of making a decision that is in the best interests of the world. There is no such position. The UN (with an annual budget totaling less than the wealth many individual businesspeople) has no jurisdiction, no power and no mandate to make any decision for the best interests of the world, just recommendations. The only people in the UN with a right to make a binding decision are the countries on the Security Council, and it turns out they will not make any binding decision unless it is in their own national interest. The world can't whac any problem, unless it fixes this one problem - the lack of any institution, organization or person that has a mandate to hold rogue people or countries to account.
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