The Soviets and their Arab allies treated the UN cynically. They were going to conquer the world by virtue of their superior ideologies and the force of their arms. The UN was nothing but a Western bourgeois talking shop, susceptible to corruption by bloc voting and what is now called "gaming the system." The Soviet Union collapsed, the West found other ways to coordinate, ways that exclude Arabs, and now it's the Arabs that cry boo-hoo-hooo for their rights---and they want the UN to vouchsafe for them. It's like a comedy, only it isn't funny.
Egypt says verdict in Al-Jazeera case expected Saturday (AP)
from the article: A still-stained UN