Much has been said lately, and rightly so about the role of America in the world as a leader. We condemn politicians for "Getting involved" in foreign affairs, Iran,Afghanistan, Crimea, and Iraq are examples of these. Then we condemn our politicians for not getting involved in foreign affairs, Liberia, Somalia,Bangladesh,Darfur, and Mali are examples of these. Ethnic cleansing, child slave labor, Sex slavery, these things often get people upset because they are deeply emotional issues. Terrorism, oil trade, even self defence lack the appeal that human suffering does to our heartstrings.
As Patricia Gillenwater said “We are angered when the US is to be the defacto world police force. We are angered when the US does not respond to trouble around the world. We are angered when the US screws up and it seems they do -- appears more so with O at the helm.”
Should America be the worlds police force? If not us, who then? The UN Peacekeepers have not only proven themselves incapable of being a world police force for good, even to the point that peace keepers are causing much of the suffering in the areas that they are supposed to protect. Rape, child sex slavery, looting, and extortion is often considered as a part of the Peacekeepers pay for the militaries of many third world countries. Who guards the guardians?
No the UN has proven itself incapable of being Peacekeepers.
Should America pull itself inside American borders and ignore the world? Isolationism is never an answer, and it causes ignorance of world affairs that will affect America. Isolationism has caused more wars by making the nation look weak. China had the Boar Wars, before that the Mongols attacked China because of isolationism. Appeasement and Isolation caused Both World Wars to be longer than they should have been. Task force Smith and the Chosin Reservoir was caused by American Isolation policies.
Does America need allies? It is dangerous to take a go it alone attitude, But with allies you have the complications of their national interests that conflict with ours. We could take the Russians and Chinese attitudes of having "Satellite States". We could be the "First of equals" among "Friends", all those imply subordinate states that would resent a second place at the discussions.
Rome ruled the world with Pax Romana, a heavy handed peace with second class citizens, slave nations, and power.
America could rule the world with a "Pax Americana", but that would be destructive of Liberty, freedom, and peace. It would make more enemies than friends and it would turn the world against us. It would directly violate the principles of human rights that our founders were looking for when they formed this nation. It would violate the principles of our God given rights as Humans.
As Patricia would say "It's Complicated". Finding the right path through responsibility, Human rights interests, National Sovereignty, justice, and self determination.
The first thing that should be done though is defining; what are our national interests? Should we care about a stable world? How much concern should we have for other Nations and their interests? What is right for the american People and International markets? American Interests should be the first concern of our government; other nations can take care of their own people.
Care of humanity should be the concern of the people of this world, not their Governments.
Just my thoughts for today.