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Opinion | Linda Bilmes

UN funding is a small price for peace

Funding the UN is more cost-effective for the US than going to war

On a peaceful winter day in New England, it’s hard to imagine being terrorized by sniper fire if we venture out to buy food. Yet such is the case for millions of people in Syria, Mali, and other war-torn areas of the world that most of us struggle even to find on the map.

After Iraq and Afghanistan, the US appetite for foreign interventions is about as low as it’s ever been. Many Americans are frustrated that we can’t stop the atrocities and believe that we should just leave other countries to sort themselves out on their own. But before we shrug our shoulders and turn away, let’s consider that there is one thing we can do that is simple, cost-effective, and would help restore some of our battered moral leadership in world affairs — boosting our financial support for international organizations trying to promote peace and help innocent victims. Unfortunately, we are doing just the opposite.

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