The United Nations security council has sent a chilling warning to The Taliban as the militant group takes full control of Afghanistan. UN Secretary General António Guterres warned that if civilians are harmed in any way, the UN will not hesitate to wag their fingers disapprovingly at the Taliban while tutting repeatedly and shaking their heads.
The last time the United Nations launched a major finger wagging was in 1995 after Serbian soldiers murdered more than 8,000 men and boys in the town of Srebrenica while UN troops stood back and let them get on with it. The EU has pleaded with the UN to show restraint and here at home an anti-finger wagging march has been organised by the United Left Alliance Against Profit Says No To Everything Party.
So what action could the UN take if provoked? We asked international relations expert John Reynolds what might happen in the coming days.
“It depends on how serious things get. The UN have a lot more than just finger wagging at their disposal. If they feel it’s warranted, they could escalate things by frowning angrily at the Taliban. Nobody wants that of course but it could well happen if things get out of hand. War is hell after all. If the situation were to deteriorate even further and they felt they had exhausted all other options, UN leaders could call an emergency meeting of the war cabinet who would then, only as a last resort, gather on the roof of the United Nations building and shake their fists furiously in the direction of Kabul. These are dangerous times.”