In anticipation of a political post later this week, I'd like to post the following description of the United Nations that I found to be the best available:
The U.N. consists of two main bodies:Dave Barry, Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States, p. 122
The General Assembly, which is, in the generous spirit of the U.N. Charter, open to just about every little dirtbag nation in the world. It has no power. Its functions are to: (1) Have formal receptions; (2) Listen to the Grateful Dead on headphones; and (3) Denounce Israel for everything, including sunspots.
The Security Council, which is limited to nations that have mastered the concept of plumbing. It is very powerful. Its funcations are to: (1) Pass sweeping resolutions to end bloody conflicts; and then (2) Veto, ignore, or walk out on these resolutions.