National Sovereignty, Oppressive Government, and the US Role in the World

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National Sovereignty, Oppressive Government, and the US Role in the World

Introduction

The American attack against Afghanistan that was triggered by the September 11th tragedy once again raised the question of US role in the world. The current military intervention also touched the issue of the major factors, defining the course of US international policy. In the globalized world today the ratio of “soft power” (the ability to attract through cultural and ideological appeal) to “hard power” (a country’s economic and military ability to buy and coerce) used in solving international conflicts is constantly increasing (Nye 2). However, military campaigns still provide a way out of deepening international crises. Should
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Since one could argue what US end goals actually are, I will assume that peace, democracy, and freedom are absolute values and always better than war and oppression. They should, therefore, be the final targets of every international act. Unfortunately, so far, as I will show by examples, this target has rarely been reached.

Second, the US government and the entire nation, seem less and less eager to risk the lives of American soldiers as well as billions of dollars for causes that are not directly related to America’s national security or its geo-political and economic interests. This fact is particularly important, having in mind the dependence in every democratic country of policy-makers on the public opinion.

Finally, the US interventions are likely to create a climate of animosity against America and its allies among states whose sovereignty has been violated by US military campaigns. The costs of such a negative climate might eventually fall upon future American generations and bring forth real threats to the world peace.

With all these factors in mind, I argue that USA’s violation of a state’s sovereignty could be justified only by an extremely blatant and absolutely intolerable violation of human rights or hostile actions, endangering US sovereignty. Likewise, oppressive government’s policies, unless overtly anti-human or directed against US vital interests, should not be a reason for military intervention.
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