Evaluating the Ineffectiveness of the League of Nations and the United Nations

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After World War I, Woodrow Wilson presented his Fourteen Points to achieve world peace. Among these points was the suggestion of forming the League of Nations. This organization was to help member countries discuss with one another about pressing issues. At the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, the League of Nations was created. The organization is made up of the secretariat, council, and the assembly (League of Nations). The Disarmament Commission was by far the most important commission for peace. The League had a few successes but many more losses before its end when no members wished to meet any longer. World War II began shortly after. The war was a great tragedy to all of the nations involved. A feeling of a need of peace, …show more content…
There is no use of an organization that cannot come up with a resolution that could change the state of areas in concern. It was impossible for it to make a decision, thus giving the ability to label it as unproductive and unnecessary. Members of the League of Nations always wanted to "protect their own national interests" (League of Nations). Many events in history illustrated how the League of Nations was a failure. The conflict over the town of Cieszyn, between Poland and Czechoslovakia is a good example. The League made the mistake by giving the town to Poland but gives the suburbs to Czechoslovakia. Within these suburbs were important coalmines. The dispute lasted for twenty years longer due to this mistake. (League of Nations). The League was unable to end the dispute for good, but let it continue on for twenty years more. An evaluation to decide which nation to give the city to was necessary. After WWI, Lithuania decided to name the city of Vilna its capital. Poland has a shared history with Lithuania, so Poland felt as though the city belonged to it. Poland then seized Vilna and incorporated it into Poland as Wilno Voivodship. The League asked Poland to recede, but the plea was unsuccessful. Britain and France also decided to back off of this dispute, so the power behind the League of Nations lacked. To top it all off, the organization recognized Wilno. The League of

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