I read this article today and start to think about how chaotic international leadership and poor execution of international laws have resulted devastated consequences. From crimes that some UN peacekeeping soldiers have committed (recommend the movie The Whistleblower), increasing conflicts at Middle East, inefficient aids for countries at Africa, to reaction to global epidemics, and so on. In solving many problems, some individual countries might have done much better job than the international collaborative force.
International collaborations might have put a lot of efforts into solving world issues, and there have been indeed tremendous improvement of global welfare, but it is just simply not enough, not enough at all. There is hard data showing extreme poverty, famine, disease transmission, and so on in countries that have been helped but yet not improved much compared with the resources that have been put into. Of course, solving problems that have been existing in the system for decades is not easy, but progresses could have been made much faster if countries can put down their prides and hostility to others.
Does GPD really matter when there are 9 million people dying every year because of hunger ? Does who takes the oil matter when "early 1/2 of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty — less than $1.25 a day" ? World wealth distribution is overly skewed and the amount of people suffering from poverty exceeds everyone's imagination. Medias do not cover it everyday, but it doesn't mean the problems have been solved. Those issues should always be the top priority of every single world leader. Nothing is more valuable than human lives, and no politics should stand in the way for universal human union.