Middle East

Russia Confirms the UN's Irrelevance

The Security Council watches from the sidelines.

My rules.

Photographer: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The Russian parliament approved the use of force in Syria on Wednesday. This may have been a direct result of President Vladimir Putin's visit to the United Nations General Assembly, but it also is a reminder that the Security Council is being bypassed as a forum for important decisions such as whether to go to war.

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