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Shvoong Home>Internet & Technology>Naked Imperialism Review

Naked Imperialism

Website Review   by:Cooldude20    
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During the Cold War years it was maintained that United States is no more an imperialist power. Evenafter the U.S.interventions in Iran,Guatemala, or Congo,and the war with Vietnam,the U.S. wasconsidered as a non-imperialist country. The global actions of the United States since September 11, 2001, are often seen as constituting a “newmilitarism” and a “new imperialism”. But neither militarism nor imperialism isnew to the United States.But what has changed is the nakedness with which this is being done.ManyForeign Relations experts believe that the United States war on Iraq was its desire for MiddleEastern Oil and U.S. can be described as anexpansionist power too. For Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay, senior fellows atthe Brookings Institution- “ the real debate is not whether to have an empire,but what kind.” Michael Ignatieff, director of Harvard University’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy atthe John F.Kennedy School of Government, states: “this new imperialism ishumanitarian in theory but imperial in practice. The reason Americans are in Afghanistan, or the Balkans, after all,is to maintain imperial order in zones essential to the interest of the United States. They are there to maintainorder against a barbarian threat.”All of this reflects the realities of U.S.imperial power. The National Security Strategy of the United States, releasedin 2002, described by the U.S. President George W. Bush declared that- sincethe fall of the Soviet Union there was now “a single sustainable model of nationalsuccess: freedom, democracy and free enterprise, and any society that rejectedthe guidance of that model was destined to fail and would be declared as asecurity thereat to United States. This showed U.S.intentions of waging war against those nations that threatened or in futurecould threaten U.S.dominance directly or indirectly. The new National Security Strategy alsostated that no power would be allowed to rise to the level of the United States in terms of military capabilities. OnApril 13, 2004, PresidentBush proclaimed that the United Statesneeded to go on the offensive and stay on the offensive, waging an unrelentingwar against all those it considered its enemies. Since September 11, 2001 the United Stateshas waged wars in Afghanistanand Iraq, andin the near future it can wage a war on North Korea as North Korea has also entered the nuclear clubdespite of several warnings from United States.The U.S.government under the Bush administration has been taken over by aneo-conservativeness that has imposed a new policy of militarism andimperialism.
It has been found out that U.S.militarism and imperialism have deep roots in U.S.history and politics of capitalism. Throughout the 19th century U.S.has conquered and colonized lands. During the cold war years neocolonialreality of the U.S.was hidden, but after the cold war U.S.emerged out as a neo imperialist power. Some theorists argued that the age ofimperialism was over with the end of the Vietnam War. Yet today imperialism ismore openly associated with the U.S.,due to the historical changes that took place in the last three decades sincethe end of the Vietnam War.The waging of wars by the U.S.on many countries like Iraq,Afghanistan andthe U.S.military intervention in the Middle Eastand Persian Gulf lead directly to the terrorist attacksof September 11, 2001. The United Statesis seeking to exercise sovereign authority over the World during a time ofwidening global crisis like economic stagnation, nuclear threats, weakening of U.S.economic hegemony. Due to increased instability in the World many potentialforces are emerging such as European Community and China,which could challenge the U.S.power globally. Also the third World Revolution is beginning to gain momentum. U.S.attempts to tighten its imperial grip on the Middle Eastand its oil, have to face strong Iraqi resistance. With the United Statesincreasing its nuclear arsenal and refusing to support international agreements(like CTBTand Kyoto Protocol) on the control of such weapons, nuclearproliferation is continuing. New nations such as North Korea are entering to the nuclear club. Alsothe fear of further terrorist attacks in New York,London and elsewhere is rising. Thecourse on which U.S.and world capitalism is heading will result in global war. This new worlddisorder will take the world in the new phase of imperialism that will be thedangerous period of this new naked imperialism.
Published: February 08, 2007   
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