Polly Toynbee writes about the galvanising of European public opinion against a war in Iraq. She argues that that opposition has united Europe like little else. Except of course for Britain. She goes on to say that without the UN a war is illegitimate:
Without a UN resolution, the rightness of the cause is clear cut. Only the UN confers legitimacy on any invasion and afterwards the UN will be essential during a long and difficult occupation.
If only the UN were a fair and unbiased body – then we might have progress, rather than the main powers using it as a puppet for their policies.