With all due respect, I will proceed with my argument by revisiting my esteemed opponent’s opening remarks.
The great super power known as the United States of America in the past few decades has become known as the "World Police", and I will argue
why this nickname given to us is for the greater good of man kind. ... I will also defend why we must take necessary precautions to ensure humanity
that we never relive the days that got America to this position in the first place. ... the United States didn't ask for this title of authority, we
inherited this power.
I understand that we are often eager to accept an idea that aggrandizes our patriotic self-esteem. And I won’t go as so far as to say that I
completely disagree that over the past few decades we [as in America] have ‘acquired’ an image along the lines of “World Police.”
Unfortunately I would have to point out that this reputation is not necessarily appreciated in the positive sense. I maintain that people around the
planet would contend that the United States “THINKS
of themselves as the World Police;” but they consider the perception neither
legitimate nor deserved; and are not inclined to accept the ostensibly ‘benevolent’ intent of the position.
Assuming any organization such as the Federal entity currently exerting executive authority over matters of state is dedicated to maintaining law and
order on the planet is a difficult assumption to make, given what we know about history and those influencing global affairs. Nearly every action
this nation hails as exemplary of its’ good-hearted intent for all mankind can be realistically questioned. Our efforts to ‘cooperate’ with
other nations to secure ‘peace’ in the past have never been accurately reported to us directly. Our good-intent seems to have been taken
advantage of, and in some cases, may not have been so good after all.
For example, we went to extraordinary lengths to provoke Japan, and seem to have deliberately allowed the attack on Pear Harbor. We also seem to have
fabricated the Gulf of Tonkin incident, as well as several other similarly contrived ‘causes’ for our engagement in mass death and destruction.
Why? If we needed to stop the “Hun threat” of Nazi Germany why didn’t we just do it? Why ‘fabricate’ an excuse? Why let good loyal
people die for a lie? Not to mention why did we simply ‘allow’ our ‘noble’ leaders profiteer and conspire to change the nature of the world
afterward? Certainly THAT was not part of being “World Police,” and even if it were, that wasn’t the reason Americans supported the war, they
did it for concepts of loyalty, honor, and patriotic duty, even some wanted to make the world a better place (although once you’ve seen your friends
blown to pieces in the cause, it generally changes your perspective.)
Yes, we weren't seeking to be the dominant force on the globe ... We had no choice but to wake up and become the big giant that we were in the
1940's and currently are in this post 9-11 world that we live in today.
If the role of “World Police” is to be thrust upon us because we believe we HAVE to, then I would have to examine the rationale behind such a
belief. We are not alone on this planet; it does not belong to us. People of other nations are not asking for this, nor is anyone calling for such
an entity as world police, let alone that it should be under the guise of one nation.
After all, there is a lot in the US that is legal and accepted, but not so elsewhere; and vice versa. Should we enforce other people’s laws in
other places? Should we enforce ours in OTHER places? I don’t think that can happen. It will only increase the stress and tension between us and
the rest of the world.
I'll say it again; the nations of the world created this Super Power known as the United States, ... I like to think our power and influence
over the world started in 1945 when we were victorious in WWII.
I have never had the opportunity before to state this, but I think the truth is there are NO winners in world war. We didn’t win World War II, no
one did. 70 million people killed; no one should EVER have the vane pride of stating that there can be winners in such slaughter. And I suspect that
no nation, including ours, would have intended to create this ‘Super Power’ – perhaps their political leaders, perhaps their elite, perhaps
their barons of industry; but certainly not the people – they all, like now, simply want to live peacefully and free from duress.
Has anybody taken the time to analyze what the world would be like if America didn't make the sacrifices it did during the 1940's? What if
Nazi Germany and Japan.... If you asked 100 people on the street this question: "who were the top 5 most evil people in the world?"... I'm willing
to guess that Hitler is going to be just about on every one of those lists, and not only that, probably at the very top...
I think there are many entertaining books describing the ‘what if’ scenarios you mention. It is very easy to point to a name and a face and say
THEY are responsible for the horrors of this or that conflict. What if it isn’t THAT easy after all? What if there were many who took it upon
themselves to think THEY were the best thing for the world and THEIR concept of ORDER was demanded by the current state of the world? History has
been – and likely always will be – written by the winners, that means they teach us their truth, in a way that is pleasant to accept and easy to
propagate…, like all JAPS should be in internment camps…. Does that sound like the “world Police” to you? I’m afraid neither we, nor any
other nation can assume “POLICE” duties on a global scale.
Now the ironic thing about this victory in WWII, is that every nationality in the world has migrated to America. Every race, color, religion
and creed is united in this great country and we defeated a man that came very close to putting an end to the race mixture.
Race ‘mixture’ is still an issue today – in some of our most intimate allies. I suppose we should review this as an element of evil, and
consider it as a function of social-culture. At the risk of being radical I believe Hiltler BELIEVED it was his destiny to do what he did (perhaps he
was even – at least to some degree – encouraged to believe that.) The rise of another “Hitler” and other “Hitler-wannabes” is inevitable
in a world of self-congratulatory hubris and conceit… and among people there seem always to be dens of such-minded people. But no amount of
“policing” can stop that, especially if the “police” ever become those who believe it.
This was only a mere 60 years ago folks, and people living today can still testify to how horrible those times were. This is not ancient
history. So, it is fair to say that America saved the world.
It would be a gross disservice to far too many people to not call this statement misguided. My father fought in that war; he was not considered
“American” by many – even though he wore the uniform – took the vow – and bled profusely in a jungle hell for her benefit. Along side him
were Australians, British, and numerous others fighting Imperialist Japan – as she was reckoned. America did not save the world. She simply did
all she could do in a war against people intent on conquering other nations by deadly force. She was not alone.
Fast foward to today...
Zooom! History skipped.
… the Korean War, The Cold War, The Vietnam War, The fall of the Berlin Wall, We are now presented with the war on terror and a new Axis of
I’m not sure the Berlin Wall belongs on the list, but I get your drift. The Military Industrial Complex, Transnational Financial Cartels, Energy
Moguls, and Barons of Industry have been very successful. All achieved at the cost of millions of lives, and trillions of adjusted dollars. And we
now have another ‘perpetual’ war against ‘invisible’ villains. The gravy train ride goes on and on.
States like these constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of this world.
Actually the threat comes – almost exclusively – as a result of the imposition of values and doctrines they disagree with. Like, “you can’t
have your land”, “obey our laws,” and “accept OUR materialism over your own culture.” Stuff like that. That whole – “They hate us for
our freedom.” is crap. These people only know we exist because of what we have done to them in the name of those we support. American propaganda
doctrine just can’t work in this ‘make-believe’ world the pundits and talking heads weave for us. How we are portrayed around the world is a
clear indicator of that failure.
… Now, after what we've seen happen on 9-11, after what we've seen cheered in Iran during president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speeches (Death to
America, Death to Israel), after what we've seen the infamous Saddam Hussein regime do to his own people, and after what we've seen in North Korea
under Kin Jung Il... is everybody okay with these countries possessing weapons of Mass destruction?
No, but then I don’t think ANYONE can be trusted with that kind of power – including our government.
If this is a threat in your opinion, who's going to stop them if it's not us?
If it calls for it – THE WORLD must stop it, not just one nation. Otherwise we have a problem that goes far beyond one of needing “World
You are either with us, or against us.
That always evokes such a visceral response in me. The question is always “Who’s ‘us’?” People who say such things assume they speak for
everyone…, but do they?
The Police aren't going to be perfect, but it's better than Hitler.
Sometimes, it’s not better. Sometimes, it is the same thing. Who ‘polices’ the ‘police’”
By the way, who pays for all this policing? US?