Re: This is Syria right now
That's not a wacky guide. Look at how many countries contribute financially to the UN... then look at the events that have required international intervention, and look and see which entities acted first.
Depending on how you look at it, the U.S. has put their nose into others' businesses instead of waiting on the final decision from the U.N.
And LN... look back at history... the U.S. was involved in the Korean war long before the U.N. was. Debating on whether the U.S. should have been though... that's a different debate.