TheU.S. as The Policeman of the World
TheU.S. as The Policeman of the World
Aworld with no peace and order would be characterized by violence andscenarios in which belligerents and outlaws harm the innocent.However, assuming the role of the world policemen is a toughchallenge that very few countries would be willing and able to do.The U.S. has made a significant contribution towards theestablishment of the peaceful world where different nations andgovernments respect each other. This has mainly been achieved bycontrolling the production, supply of weapons of mass destruction andtoppling of oppressive governments (Rizopoulos, 1990). Although it isgenerally perceived that the U.S. have been trying to show itseconomic and political might in the world, its primary objective hasbeen the protection human rights and the promotion of democraticleadership and governance in the world. This paper will evaluate theU.S. as the policemen of the world. The paper will focus on the keyinternal events, aspects, and incidents that depict the U.S. as theworld’s policemen and the driving forces influencing the U.S.policy decisions.
Thecivil war taught Americans several lessons that helped them makesignificant policies that created a platform for the national growthand prosperity. The foreign policies made by the government ofAmerican were aimed at liberty, equality, respect for human rights,and democratic leadership (Hubbard, 2011). In pursuant to theseforeign policies, the U.S. got involved in the Syrian affairs andstated its intention to prevent Syria from acquiring nuclear weaponsin 2013 (Hubbard, 2011). Moreover, the U.S. has been supportingpolitical reforms in Syria with the objective of exchangingautocratic leadership with a democratic government. Similarly, theU.S. has stated its position with regard to the position of nuclearweapons by North Korea. The U.S. believes that nuclear weapons can beeasily accessed by terror groups or be misused by the leadership ofthe North Korea (Hubbard, 2011). The two events confirm that the U.S.has expressed its intentions to bring democracy and preventaggression in the world.
TheU.S. is one of the countries that has unique aspects that distinguishit from other nations of the world and enhances its significance as aglobal policeman since 1865. First, the U.S. is the leading countryin the list of nations that has developed serious anti-terroristpolicies that goes beyond its borders. The anti-terrorist policieshave helped the United States to handle acts of terrorism within itsboarders and fight terrorist groups in other countries (Stephens,2014). For example, the U.S. has been fighting the largest terroristgrouped, Al-Qaeda in Arab countries (including Afghanistan) since theyear 2001 (American Immigration Council, 2015). The extensiveengagement in the war on terror outside its borders has helped itestablish the foundation towards becoming a global policeman. Thesecond aspects are the U.S. policy on immigration where it assupported the freedom of movement of people at the global level. Themigration policy is in the pursuit of the concepts of globalizationand free trade. Consequently, the U.S. has registered the highestrate of immigration in the world (AIC, 2015). Lastly, the U.S. hasexpressed its dissatisfaction with the production of nuclear weapons,especially in countries that are believed to have terror groups. Thishas given the U.S. an opportunity to remain the most powerfulcountries and with the highest influence in the world.
Thereare several international incidents that show that the U.S. hasassumed the policing role after the Second World War. First, the ColdWar has been attributed by the U.S. decision to sideline thecommunist countries that formed the USSR. The U.S. government fearedthat the rise of communist countries would allow them to acquire thepower to produce and misuse atomic bombs (Rizopoulos, 1990). Thissuggests that the driving force towards the U.S. decision to sidelinethe communist countries the U.S. desire to control the use of nuclearenergy and weapons with the sole objective of ensuring that the worldis a peaceful place for everyone.
Secondly,the U.S. played a key role in the establishment of internationalsecurity agencies, including the NATO. The driving force towards theestablishment of the NATO was the North Atlantic Treaty, while theprimary objective of the military organization was to protect thewestern countries from the Soviet Union (Schultz, 2014).
Third,the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty between the Soviet Union and theU.S. was intended to regulate the use of weapons that can destroymasses. The U.S. intention to contain the USSR indicates that theU.S. has been determined to ensure that any international bloc isformed accomplish peaceful missions and not to create a platform foranother world war or to oppress other countries, which are part ofthe U.S. policing role.
Theeconomic and political prosperity that the U.S. has experienced since1865 has given it an opportunity to play the role of the world’spoliceman. The U.S. has expressed its intention to sere as the worldpoliceman in different fields, such as the regulation of productionas well as the use of nuclear weapons, migration of people across theglobe, and the fight against terrorist groups. In addition, the U.S.has played a key role in containing the menace of drug trafficking inthe world. Moreover, the U.S. involvement in the formation of NATOand emergence of the Cold War depicts its policing role.
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