The League of Nations, established after World War I to maintain peace among countries, formally dissolved in 1946 after failing to stop World War II and numerous earlier conflagrations. Historians recognize that its de facto demise occurred long before its official death certificate was issued.
The United Nations, established after World War II to maintain peace among countries, has not formally dissolved. Historians of the future will recognize, however, that it is already de facto dead.
Last month, just prior to the referendum in Crimea that would lead to its secession from Ukraine, the UN Security Council voted on a resolution to reaffirm Ukraine’s “sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity.” It declared that the coming referendum “can have no validity.”
Lawrence Solomon: The UN is de facto dead | Financial Post