America: self proclaimed world police

@manong05 (5030)
Philippines
January 26, 2007 9:49am CST
I just borrowed this word from someone. It caught my attention because I've always thought that America is doing the world a favor, maybe I just haven't looked at the issues deeper. What are your thoughts on this?
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@lauriefnp (5113)
• United States
26 Jan 07
I am an American, and I am proud to say that. I think that the U.S. is in a position to help the rest of the world in many ways, and it does so through financial relationships, political means, and military operations. In many cases the citizens of the world do not understand or agree with the methods that the U.S. uses to help, but I honestly believe that the only goal of our Government is to help to unify the world and to ensure safety and freedom for all. Americans do not all agree on what is right and what is wrong as far as foreign policies go, so it is understandable that the rest of the world would also have differing opinions.
@manong05 (5030)
• Philippines
26 Jan 07
I wonder what will the scenario be if America will give up her efforts to help other countries. Who else is in a much better position to offer assistance if it's needed? If we believe in what the media is saying about proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, genocide in some countries, violation of human rights in great magnitude, the more we need a super power that can address these problems. Anyway, people will always have differing opinions.
• United States
26 Jan 07
Being american myself I have to trust the police but I dont have to agree with what they do. I believe that we try to make peace around the world, but we manage to always "Butt In". The United States is hated by many countries because they dont truly understand what we are doing. I just hope one day all countries can unite to make this world a happier and safer place to live.
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@manong05 (5030)
• Philippines
26 Jan 07
I am not sure whether this "hate" is coming from all the citizens of the whole country (if ever there is) or is just a sentiment of some groups within who are very vocal in expressing it. Yes, I agree and I hope too that one day all countries will unite and make this world a better and safer place.
@coffeechat (1961)
• New Zealand
28 Mar 07
The United Nations is a multinational multilateral organization that has been established and is being maintained by its members for this purpose, among others. Unilateral action by the USA or its block of allied countries is not the desired response to global situations that cause concern. The UN may not be as responsive as a single Executive Branch of a nation state, but that is something that members need to address through changes to Articles and operating policies of the UN. In my humble opinion there is no justification for unilateral action on the part of any member country, including the United States of America. It is true that militarily and economically, America is the largest and most powerful country in the world today. This gives its policy makers perceived strengths, and self appointed responsibility to involve themselves in an unilateral manner in issues that are actually multilateral. The US has through its policies hamstrung the UN quite a bit: e.g. A history of arrears. US arrears to the UN currently exceed US$ one Billion. Use of the Veto powers to block action. I would say, the lessons of Iraq are that the US should not be allowed to involve itself militarily in any situation around the world. It is the role of the UN and if we have to strengthen the UN to do so, then that should be the focus of the leaders of the various member countries.
• New Zealand
28 Mar 07
The information here is five years old but it lists all the US Vetos in the United Nations: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2000.htm The US has been pretty delinquent in honouring its budgetary commitments to the UN http://www.unausa.org/site/apps/s/content.asp?c=fvKRI8MPJpF&b=369041&ct=3573547 See this link for the overview, and the site for details.