It's a tragic fact that the U.N. is hamstrung by the fact that some members of the Security Council are the very ones with the longest running track records for aggression, including war OF Aggression--deemed by the Geneva Conventions as THE supreme crime against humanity.
Evidence is compelling.
What was the result of U.S. military forces entering, occupying, and destroying Iraq?
What is the state of Afghanistan today?
How about Libya?
How about Yemen and Somalia?
With a track record of this nature, there ought to be an international force that genuinely keeps the peace and genuinely metes out justice.
If that were the case, no neo-cons would dare to make the case for yet more wars of aggression based on phony evidence and/or cases fixed FOR war.
Putin's reach-out to Obama reminds me of the way JFK and Khrushchev communicated in secret channels in order to avoid major war over Cuba.
Of course those committed-for-life haters of all things Democratic tar JFK and never bothered to read the Douglass book: "JFK & The Unspeakable: Why he Died and Why it Matters."
This book confirms JFK's use of diplomacy to avoid war. His critics pretend he was the aggressor--by choice--both in Cuba and Vietnam.
Incidentally, Putin is a Libra and it's the sign that opposes Aries: the sign OF war. Libra is the Zodiac's master negotiator and due to its inherent logic, often a very smart chess player. John Dean (who exposed the right wing goals of the Christian Coalition) and Jimmy Carter are both Libras. While Carter was likely forced into a military posture while serving as President, he's committed himself to far more peace-oriented goals since.