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Opinion on Imperialism Essay

Imperialism can be and is a very strong tool of the trade. But also can be a weapon that can back fire at any moment in the users face. With the right leader in position I believe that imperialism is a good thing but only to a certain point.

If imperialism is used to move toward globalization I believe that it is an evil but if it used to play the role of a police man it can be justified. Britain for example used it to increase their personal welfare, an excellent strategy on their part but not for others exspecially those in Africa. Although if they wouldnt have had as much competetion with country such as France and other european countrys may have slowy moved toward globilization and today they just might have been in control of 3/4 of the world. Another reason too much territory control is a negitve is because it makes it hard for the leader of the dominate country to control all of their land and the people living in that land. Because of this difficulty countrys have been know to resort to abuse and unfair treatment of the newly aquired lands inhabitants, just as Britain did with India. They did this just to intimidate the poeple and keep them under their control.

A great use of imperialism I think is using it to set up influental areas to increase trade. I believe we should have followed along with the actions of Britain when they set up a sphere of influence in China. Other good use is use it to police and to protect your own boarders. For example Hawyi. Hawyi was an excellent imperialistic move on the United states part. It set up a great location and harbors for protection of the western coast. Moving into Cuba was a neccisary police like move to possibly protect the main land from missle attacks.

I think a excellent strategic move but not nessisary if the world were not the way that it is and had guarented peace would be to set up key locations around the world in order to be able to insert troops faster and more effiecent. This would allow to a country protect it self faster and to possibly dictate the area.

If I were a leader of a country today I would try using my powers much like the United State however I would increase boarder patrol and not allow any more non born united states citizens to enter or to become citizens. I would never have gone into Iraq and would remove all my miltary from peace keeping operations. I would only interveine if for example if the middle east refused to sell its oil or if i was threatend by another country.

I would end all my miltary treatys and alliances and only have trade alliances. I believe that if I stayed out of other countrys problems they would stay out of mine. My miltary cost would greatly decrease and I would become a richer country because I would be trying to police and protect everything. These Ideas i dont believe these ideas are right ethically, but the ones I would think make a strong country thats self centered and greedy.


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