But there is a broader question as to just what kind of activist role the UN can or should play in the war on terrorism. The UN is ill-suited for a direct enforcement role. UN procedures are very cumbersome and political. Diplomatic niceties and political realities hamper timely and forthright action. The UN has a poor record in coping with controversy or holding its member countries accountable. And few countries have been willing to share sensitive information or intelligence on terrorism to so broad a forum.
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