I Vote Yes!

Posted on by Rabbi Barbara Symons

Should Germany have a permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council?

So what does the Security Council do? Per www.un.org:

The Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. It has 15 Members, and each Member has one vote. Under the Charter of the United Nations, all Member States are obligated to comply with Council decisions.

The Security Council takes the lead in determining the existence of a threat to the peace or act of aggression. It calls upon the parties to a dispute to settle it by peaceful means and recommends methods of adjustment or terms of settlement. In some cases, the Security Council can resort to imposing sanctions or even authorize the use of force to maintain or restore international peace and security.

The Torah teaches, “Seek peace and pursue it.” In order to actively seek peace, one must know what peace is; what peace looks and feels like. After World War I, Germany did not seek peace; Germany sought vengeance. After World War II and the Shoah, Germany sought peace and continues to do so through law, reparations, memorials, curricula. It welcomes refugees when once it murdered its own citizens. It has a strong economy and is an important member of the EU meaning that Germany has proven itself to be a strong international partner. Germany, quite simply and completely non-simply, recreated itself.

That is why I vote “Yes.” I believe it would serve the United Nations Security Council with integrity based on the strength of experience and the compassion of repentance.

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