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Friday, August 27, 2004

Blitz Battle- Pax Americana

In 29 BCE, it was Pax Romana. In 1813, it was Pax Britannica. In 1945, it was time for the rise of Pax Americana.

The latin phrase (literally: American Peace) indicates the American influence in war or peace in the globe, as the dominant party (as Rome and Britain once were) is the United States of America. But what exactly does this mean? What exactly does this give us the right to do, or prohibit us form doing? Are we allowed to defend ourselves at any cost, even when it inflicts innocent casualties upon non-Americans? How did America rise to power? Is the US now a hegemony?

All annoyingly ubiquitous questions in foreign policy to be sure, but necessary nonetheless. In a time where every decision the government of our country makes is scrutinized and criticized for it's global impact, the rights and morals of the dominant power are never satisfactorily defined. What about the UN you say? Well, when they get their moral priorities straight in reference to their ignorance of the Sudan and Congo conflicts, and instead focusing their attention to Israel's wall and creating useless and unenforceable resolutions, we can consider them a source, but for this debate, the UN is nothing more than a collection of idiots in NYC who all have their agenda.

That is not to say that the US does not have it's own agenda however, and that remains the issue: Should America be allowed to pursue its interests unchecked, and are they just in their decision to dominate the world economy and military to the extent that the world is essentially under US control?

or are we all living in Amerika already?

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