Term Paper: Post War Policies

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[. . .] The Middle East:

Israel Problem: American foreign policy has always supportive to Israel. Middle East is perhaps the most consistent area of conflict since the Second World War. It has experience wars and devastation during the past and one of the major factors is the foundation of Israel in 1948. There are has been relentless hostility and several wars were fought between the Arab states and Israel. This conflict continues till today and although the wars were won by Israel because of its major ally United States, there are deepening hostilities towards both Israel and United States. The United States as the world superpower not only has failed to solve this problem one of the major source of conflict in the world today but has been always supportive of Israel's occupation and its use of military in Palestine. This bias and unbalanced foreign policy is criticized all over the world, many Arab nations argue that Israel has got nuclear and Chemical weapons too, thus why war on Iraq and not on Israel. It is obvious that the Jewish lobby in the United States is very strong, most of the Republicans and Democrats funding is done by the American Jewish community and thus United States have a soft corner for Israel. The U.S. have to come up with some sort of plan or formula to solve the Middle East issue, it should be in the number one list of United States [Tolson, 2003].

The Arab Nations:

The Arab nations have always mistrusted United States and hated for its support of Israel. Although United States is the biggest buyer of the Arab oil and it also has military base in many of the Arab countries, Arab nations do not trust United States. One of the biggest factors is the U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, according to Arabs the United States has systematically targeted Islam and Muslims after the September 11 attacks. To many these attacks were a result of the poor foreign policy of the U.S. If United States after the war in Iraq does not come up with a solution of Middle East the Arab hostilities can turn into a dangerous situation. The Middle East issue is the root of most of the problems in the region and elsewhere once United States comes up with a balancing and lasting solution it can help a long way in creating 'good' and meaningful relations with Arab states and will also help to improve U.S. position in the international community.

Traditional European Allies:

United Kingdom:

Britain has been a close ally of America in the recent decades, it was the only Nation beside Australia who supported U.S. war in Iraq and took active participation in the war. The Prime Minister Tony Blair had to go through severe criticism both within the country and outside the country for supporting the war. Two of the cabinet members resigned to protest the governments involvement in the Iraq war, though Britain participated against the public opinion and opposition from Tony Blair's own government, the prime minister Tony Blair emphasized on two things, one that United Nations will have a great role to play after the war and that after this war all the focus of the allies will be one a peaceful and lasting solution of the Middle East. It is clear that Tony Blair could not ensure the role of United Nations in post-war Iraq; this has made Britain one of the strongest allies of U.S. suspicious of the U.S. policies and it can see that the U.S. is embarking on a unilateral policy in pursuit of self-interest. This can make Britain to reconsider its position regarding its support of the U.S. The U.S. policies if not changed will make it isolated in the world and will find itself facing opposition from bigger nations in the world.

Germany, France and Russia

Germany, France and Russia were strong supporters of the war in Afghanistan, the U.S. foreign policies concerning the war in Iraq and violating the United Nations regulation and international laws. France and Russia had made it clear that it will veto any resolution in the UN which proposes war on Iraq. The three big nations of Europe have been very suspicious of the U.S. foreign policies in the recent years and although President Bush claims that conflicts of big countries are over the U.S. policies of expansionism and unilateralism might trigger something big. These countries have always been supportive of the U.S. policies and it would be mistake if U.S. fails to build a coalition a strong one and take all nations together in building a prosperous world and spreading democracy all around the world.

Conclusion

It is clear that the U.S. foreign policies have greater goals of American expansionism and unilateralism. Preventive wars against possible threats will now be official U.S. foreign policy. If the U.S. does not change its foreign policy the opposition that has been mounting all over the world can soon turn into a dangerous situation. The administration's cynical attempt to use the United Nations for its own ends has failed. The UN stood up to crushing pressure, and said no. So did the millions of citizens of the international community who have turned out in the streets around the world, and the millions of Americans who have joined them. It is high time that we as a nation and as people of United States come together and bring in reasonable leadership and oppose these expansionism policies of our country. United States is one of the greatest nations in the history of human civilization, we as a nation have contributed greatly to the world and its progress and we have become a hub of western civilization. It is important that we should uphold the values of democracy, freedom and of justice, and spread these values.

Sources:

Martin Schwarz, "We're all Americans: Why the Europeans Are Against This War," (Silver City, NM & Washington, DC: Foreign Policy In Focus, March 26, 2003).

Dworkin, Anthony, Iraq and the "Bush doctrine" of Pre-Emptive Self-Defense," August 20, 2002 at http://www.crimesofwar.org/expert/bush-intro.html

Louis Gerber, U.S. foreign policy on Iraq, 2003 at http://www.cosmopolis.ch/english/cosmo34/us_american_foreign_policy_iraq_2.htm

Phyllis Bennis, UNDERSTANDING THE U.S.-IRAQ CRISIS, A pamphlet of the Institute for Policy Studies, January 2003 at http://www.ips-dc.org/iraq/primer1.htm#4

JAY TOLSON, The new American empire? Americans have an enduring aversion to planting the flag on foreign soil. Is that attitude changing?, 2003 at http://www.usnewsclassroom.com/issue/030113/usnews/13empire.htm

Miriam Pemberton, "FPIF Statement on the War," (Silver City, NM & Washington, DC: Foreign Policy In Focus, March 20, 2003).

Michael T. Klare, The Coming War With Iraq: Deciphering the Bush Administration's Motives, 2003 at http://www.fpif.org/commentary/2003/0301warreasons.html

Tom Barry and Jim Lobe, U.S. Foreign Policy -- Attention, Right Face, Forward March, 2003 at http://www.fpif.org/papers/02right/index.html [END OF PREVIEW]

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