posted on Aug, 16 2005 @ 08:07 AM
The roles and responsibilities of the "American Empire" are very eloquently made in the book "Colossus" by Niall Fergurson.
If a nation is going to play at being an imperial power it should accept the responsibilities that come with it. Surely the best and the brightest
graduates of American universities should be jumping at the opportunity to rebuild countries like Iraq, but for some reason they're content to slip
away into the private sector and make a fat pile of cash!
Unfortunately, if you accept that the US is an empire, it is a rather pointless one. Yes, Empires have caused much suffering throughout history, but
then again so has every other form of government from the petty tyrants and republics of the ancient world to the dictatorships of the last century.
The utter failure to protect private property, civilians and even the basic vestiges of law and order in Iraq is shameful. I was very much against the
conflict, but now that Britain and the US are there they simply must finish the job no matter how long it takes. Empires can be capable of gargantuan
undertakings, a vigorous, liberal, far-sighted empire could change the world for the better. Franklin D. Roosevelt made a canny observation in regards
"Imperialists don't realize what they can do, what they can create! They've robbed Africa of billions, and all because they are too short sighted
to understand that their billions were pennies, compared to the possibilities! Possibilities that must include a better life for the people who
inhabit this land."
A statement that I feel is appropriate today in the Middle East today as well as Africa.