Importance of the UN Security Council
In the UN, the Security Council is an exclusive "club" --a small group that can impose its will on 192 member nations of the UN.
The chief power holders of the Security Council are its permanent members: USA, China, Russia, France, Britain. 10 other members are elected by the 192 nations.
On Oct. 12, 2011 votes were cast and Canada was not selected for Security Council membership, while India, South Africa, and Colombia, and earlier, Germany, were.
News media, especially in Canada, are debating why this happened. The article below says,
THE REAL REASON FOR THE SNUB IS CANADA'S UNWAVERING SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL.
photo ref. Globe and Mail Oct. 12, 2010 http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/canada-abandons-un-bid-in-embarrassing-turn-for-harper/article1753222/
So let us not miss this opportunity to praise the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper. He cost Canada a coveted seat on the UN Security Council, by refusing to sell out Israel. He withdrew our candidacy when it became apparent that the bloc vote of Arab and Islamic states (about a third of the UN membership) had been turned against us; thereby conceding the seat to Portugal, with her more flexible policy of moral appeasement.
Among all western nations -- not excluding the United States -- Canada has taken the clearest stand in defence of Israel's legitimate rights and interests. We have paid, and we will continue to pay for this. And we should take genuine pride in paying for our defiance of efforts by the Arab and Muslim bloc at the UN to isolate Israel, and make her a pariah.
....Our government is rather maintaining a policy that has been consistent for more than six decades, since the state of Israel was created by the same United Nations after the Second World War.