Justifying Aggression With Democracy

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Author: Brad Blankenship
The author works with Al Masdar News.

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Throughout the history of colonialism, many policies were enunciated by foreign powers in colonial territories with the pretence of a civilizing mission (such as the so-called white man’s burden and other similar doctrines). In America, one does not have to look very far for any trace of this in history through policies such as the Monroe Doctrine, in which America posited itself to be the prime power in the hemisphere. Another powerful idea in popular discourse was that of Manifest Destiny, where expansion was seen as a fundamental right of Americans. Both drew a great deal of support and approval from the pre-ordained institutions of power, and garnered great popular interest in American society.

Clashing interests following the second World War resulted in the United States and the Soviet Union both undertaking their very own civilizing missions to establish…

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