You may be right about the UN bureaucracy, but most of the world outside of the U.S. is frightened by the idea of the U.S.A. taking another grip in their current "conquering-imperial" policy.
Well I'm outside the US (in Ireland). What the USG has done is maintain the status quo and not hand over administration of the root zone file to ICANN or indeed anyone else.
What I don't understand is why the fear? The U.S.A. have a full right to control the root servers on its soil.
A lot of it seems to be based on extrapolating US foreign policy (Iraq etc) to control over the root zone file. Most of the journalists writing about this (if indeed any did write about it beyond the technical press) would not necessarily understand what is going on.
If you don't like it, ok, switch to the another ones. As I already said, there are lot of other options available, all being compatible and in sync with current 13 servers (btw 10 being in the U.S.).
Yep but once nameservers drop out of synch, the problems happen. With the current situation, the addition of new nameservers to the rz have to be approved. This means for example that China cannot knock the nameservers for Taiwan out of the rz.
I work on domain name analysis - producing statistics on the hosting industries of a number of countries. I've seen what happens when things go wrong on a national basis (a cctld server coming up without its cctld zone file) and on a larger scale (when a .com zonefile was missing over half its entries as happened a few years ago). Like most system administrators, I have a very conservative view point when it comes to changing anything that works.