Scholars of international law have applauded the United Nations’ response to restoring peace and security after the Iraqi suppression that led to the Gulf War. This paper focuses on the powers of the Security Council of the United Nations in bringing nations to conform to principles of international law. The paper also explores examples of the Security Council using the theories of interpretation of the principles enshrined in the U.N. Charter to maintain the peace and security of countries such as Congo, Rhodesia, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, and East Jerusalem. The paper concludes with admonishment of the reduced efficacy of the Security Council in recent years as a result of the lack of funds and lack of cooperation among the permanent members of the Security Council.