The Ethics of World Domination The Ethics of World Domination Throughout the past 70 years the U.S. has been involved in hundreds of conflicts all around the globe. Every time the United States troops are deployed to a foreign country, citizens of the U.S. want to know why. People begin to ask questions like, “what is the purpose of this?” or “what is the nature of our involvement?” Nobody wants to see the strong youth of our nation shipped of to a foreign country to get slaughtered without good cause. Millions of American men and women have devoted their lives to the service and protection of the freedoms that we as citizens of the United States hold dear.
These people deserve the utmost respect from all citizens of the United States. When the government of our country see fit, our troops are sent to fight often in places that they have never even heard of. When they return they are heroes to be revered, or are they? All to often things go wrong in these foreign countries and the soldiers often end up taking the brunt of the nation’s frustration. When the government makes mistakes and things do go wrong it causes the citizen of the U.S. to closer analyze the situation.
The citizens of the United States want some answers and the government often fails in its attempts to satisfy the publics’ need to know. Ever since the beginning of the U.S. the government have come up with one reason or another to start or get involved in conflicts that should have otherwise been left alone. One of the first and most prominent examples of this is the almost total enialation of the Native American population in this country. Is the destruction of a culture and a society as vast as that of the Native Americans really morally and ethically permissable? The United States government thought that it was.
According to them it was God’s own destiny for them to conquer the entire continent to bring it under the U.S. control. This just shows that difference in ethical value strongly affects what a country will accept as good cause for fighting. More recent conflicts like the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the invasion of Grenada, and the Gulf war have made people analyze the ethicality behind the fighting. They look for the true reason behind the involvement of the U.S., in an attempt to find justification for the use of U.S.
troops in foreign affairs. This paper is an attempt to look at the ethicality of some of the major conflict that the U.S. has been involved since the end of WW II. It will also attempt to analyze what has come to be known as the “World Police” mentality and the actions that the United States has taken to display this. During the period of 1946-1950 a forty-year period began called the Cold War.
The Cold War was a period of aggression in the name of democracy. During this time the United States did some questionable activities under the guise that they were protecting against the spread of communism. On June 25, 1950 North Korea, using Chinese training and Soviet military equipment, attacked South Korea. The United States believed that Stalin and the USSR were ultimately behind the invasion. The South Korean defenses crumbled and the United States sent ground troops on June 30.
The United Nations endorsed the deployment of troops because the USSR was boycotting the United Nations. It would seem a bit unfair that the United States would receive UN endorsement based solely on the premises that the USSR had chosen not to be a part of the UN. This become even more apparent when you take into account that the United States was not even certain that the USSR was even involved in the dispute. On September 15, 1950, after a daring amphibious attack 150 miles behind enemy line the US was able to push the North Koreans back into North Korea. This is where the war should have stopped.
The North Koreans were in North Korea and the South Koreans had control over South Korea. Furthermore, China was threatening that if the US tried to unite Korea by force then they would enter the war on the side of the North Koreans. Despite both of these facts, the United States pushed further into North Korea. Knowing that it would cost thousands of American lives and thousands more Korean lives to unite a country that wanted to be separated, General Mc arthur and President Truman, with United Nation’s support, pushed on. A two-year war ensued that would ultimately cost the lives of 140,000 American service men and women. In the end the country ended up just as it was before. Nothing lost, nothing gained.
The United States’ attack of Korea is considered to be one of the worst failures of intelligence and strategic leadership in the history of the United States military. In Washington, the excitement of victory on the battlefield on September 15, 1950 obscured the real objective of the war, which was to protect the freedom of the South Korean people and reinstall a South Korean government. In a shallow attempt to win seats in congress for the democrats, Truman pushed General Mc Arthur to continue the attack and try to roll back communism. A willing Mc Arthur was glad to oblige as he let his wish for military success and a heroic reputation get in the way of his competent operation of the United States military troops in Korea. The Korean War was a very political war with both the president and chief general directing the US forces looking for large victories to help bolster their careers.
Truman was looking for democratic votes and Mc Arthur was looking for glory, but unfortunately there was no one looking out for the US troops or the desires of the South Korean people. The Korean War was a good example of ethical egoism. It was a war in which all the involved parties were looking out for their themselves and ignoring the effects that they had on everyone else involved. The utility on a more global scale was not considered because politicians were blinded by the attractiveness of glory and an opportunity to push their own political agendas. At 2am on February 7, the Viet Cong attacked the United States base at Pleiku, two hundred and forty miles north of Saigon, killing 8 Americans and Injuring 100 as well as destroying ten US aircraft.
A reltaliatory strike was immediately recommended and operation Flaming Dart went into action. Flaming Dart was an air strike were bombers took off from United States aircraft carriers in the area and bombed “supposed” strategic military sights in North Vietnam. The “supposed” strategic military sights included a number of intentional bombings of civilian installments. A month later operation Rolling Thunder began which was a full-scale offensive air attack. By doing this the United States crossed the line from being a supporter of the South Vietnamese to becoming the main leader of the entire offensive in South Vietnam.
Shortly after, the American people began to become divided over the war and antiwar protests fostered violence all over the country. The government that was supposed to be of the people and for the people was ignoring the concerns of the people and often responding to there protests with extreme violence. Protests continued and became ever more intense. The selective service system that was intended to strengthen the military, was often a focal point for the protests. In 1967 Martin Luther King Jr called the war a moral disaster pointing to the fact that black people made up only eleven percent of the population of the US but they made up 23 percents of the people killed in the war.
He also pointed …