America’s reluctance to get involved with WW1, in what it saw as Europeans destroying themselves, allowed the war to spiral out of control from 1914 to 1917. It wasn’t until America intervened in August 1918 that German Forces were pushed back, leading to an armistice later that year. In the current global climate, with brutal civil wars and bloody disputes being fought all over the world, it would seem that failing to act decisively when it comes to war is still an issue that plagues international diplomacy today.
This is especially important in modern times were examples of diplomatic and militaristic feet dragging are so common place. The conflict in Syria has been raging since 2012 and is becoming one of the worst humanitarian and refugee crises in recent history. While there is no simple situation by any means, a unilateral response has been thwarted by China’s veto of the Unite Nations’ action in this matter. Consequently, the lack of any other adequate action has lead to Russia helping to prop up an autocratic regime, guilty of war crimes and a terrible human rights abuses. This solution doesn’t promote a quick or clean solution to the problem and will probably contribute to an increasingly authoritarian future for Syria.
Likewise in Yemen, there has been accusations of a failure to adequately take action or even denounce war crimes that have transpired as a result of the Civil War. Both the UN and suppliers of Saudi arms have been criticised for diplomatic feet dragging, as accusations have gone as far as Saudi chemical weapons attacks. Diplomatic and military solutions should be multilateral and organisations who’s framework leads to prolonged indecision should be dismantled, this should be clear from many historical wars, including World War I.