Exactly what is the UN good for?

UN rights probe takes Sudan to task: "A top UN human rights investigator released a scathing report yesterday that blames the Sudanese government for atrocities against its civilians in the Darfur region and says 'millions of civilians' could die."

This report came out yesterday, after a visit in June. I started reading about the Darfur genocide months ago. This is the same as what happened in Bosnia, Rwanda, Kosovo, Kurdistan - so someone please explain why we need the UN. To let us know months after the fact that there's another atrocity? To write papers decrying the nadir of humanity? To suggest that perhaps the government needs to stop? To sit around doing nothing while people are killed around them?

Someone needs to act. And NOW.

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