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The United Nations is a long way away from the Cold War

After the latest demonstration of Syria thumbing its nose at the Annan plan, Walter Russell Mead  decided to go on a rhetorical bender against the United Nations:  The reality is that the UN today is less prestigious and influential than it was in the 1940s and 1950s. There used to be a time when General Assembly votes actually meant something. Newspapers used to report its resolutions on the front page.
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