Does each country have an equal say in what happens? It would be nice to think that it was true but sadly it’s the opposite. The super powers of today are the G8, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Britain, The United States and China. There may be 8 countries in the G8 but there is just one that has the most power, this country is AMERICA. A day cannot go by without the news featuring a story of how A Erica has interfered in the problems of other countries. This is not a recent thing, it has been happening for a lot longer than you may think.
America’s interference can be traced back to the Vietnam War or even further. Today we associate Afghanistan with the Al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden. But during the 1970’s and 1980’s things in Afghanistan were very different. In June 1978, the Afghan Guerrilla movement the Mujahideen was born. At the time the government of the country was communist. Even though America is a long way away from Afghanistan they thought they’d stick their noses in. Due to their enmity with the Soviet Union, the Americans would do anything to get rid of the communists, this meant arming the Mujahideen with weapons.
This group were nothing more than a group of bandits and fundamentalist Muslims. These men even killed an US ambassador. The result of getting rid of the communist government was mass killings of innocent people in Afghanistan. The problems caused did not stop there. Since the group had been given weapons by the US they were able to take over Kabul, there they formed an Islamic state and had the Islamic Jihad Council. It was not only the Americans who interfered with Afghanistan, there was Pakistani and Iranian interference. This was all to make a sure there was no communist threat to America.
By 1995, most people had had enough of the Mujahideen and were looking for alternatives. The Taliban gained a massive support during 1995 and 1996. The Taliban although they were oppressive and theocratic, they brought stability to Afghanistan. After September 11th 2001, America armed and trained the various warlords and bandits whom the Taliban had protected the people of Afghanistan from so that they could oust the Taliban. This force named “the northern alliance” were the same group who had indulged in all of the most hideous crimes imaginable before the Taliban had taken over.
The northern alliance was a mixture of bandits and warlords who were always trying to compete with each other and was in no way friends. After they had defeated the Taliban they began to fight amongst themselves over territory. This did not create a united Afghanistan; instead the country became split between feuding warlords. The “democratic government” that the USA installed in Afghanistan is widely ignored by the northern alliance. Iraq seems to be the number one enemy of America today but a lot of the threat that they face from Iraq was created by America itself. Sadam Hussein was helped into power by America to fight against Iran.
Sadam Hussein and his men were given weapons by the USA; these same armaments were then used against America in the Gulf War. America got annoyed when Sadam invaded Kuwait because it threatened their oil supply. To solve this America sent their armed forces into Kuwait to fight off the Iraqis. Again, the Iraqis were using weapons provided by America, to fight America. The terrorist attacks across the world,, particularly against America and its allies, made by Iranian terrorists can be seen as a direct result of America’s interference during the 1970’s which established an unpopular, strict Muslim government in Iran.
America’s motive for helping to establish this government was that any government was favourable to a soviet sympathising government. During the late 1970’s in chilli a socialist government was elected with mass support from the people. This government was ousted by an army coup led by general Algusto Pinochet. Pinochet’s government executed hundreds of thousands of innocent Chillians. The majority of the bodies of these people have yet to be found. Since the coup it has become apparent that the CIA (the central intelligence agency) had a significant part in aiding Pinochet’s.
American intervened because it would rather have a pro-American mass murderer in government than a popular government who had made significant reforms to help the impoverished people of chilli but who had socialist leanings. America was not thinking about the people of chilli, it was concentrating on making sure there was not going to be any threat towards America itself. Conclusion Cold war politics as well as economic interests have prompted America particularly to intervene in the affairs of other countries for its own benefits.
America has created a lot of problems for itself, as in the examples I have given. If America could focus more on its own problems such as poor literacy rates and the tremendous amount of poverty amongst its citizens rather than interfering in other countries, then maybe they would not have such a large amount of hostility directed towards it. Be it from terrorists, intellectuals, or just ordinary people around the world. Before the attacks on the world trade centres and the pentagon, America was warned about the threat of Osama Bin Laden and the Al Qaeda.
Several of Clinton’s anti-terrorism experts repeatedly briefed Bush’s experts of the dangerous nature of the terrorist threat presented by Osama Bin Laden and the Al Qaeda. Further more they even gave Bush’s people an effected battle plan to address the threat. Bush took no notice of these threats until the towers fell. Bush was not only told about the threats of Osama from the previous government but also by many other countries such as Egypt, Germany, Israel, and Russia. These countries gave pointed descriptions of terrorist threats involving commercial airplanes and landmark buildings.
Still, nothing was done until the towers had fallen. Now America’s focus has moved away from Osama Bin Laden and more towards Iraq and Sadam Hussein. Virtually no proof of any threat to America from Iraq has been presented by the Bush administration. When Bush did have the warnings about an attack, he did nothing, and America lost thousands of civilians. This as all because the government was not focusing on the problems of its own country but was more interested in getting involved in the problems of other countries.