USA has adapted the foreign policy of persuading, pressuring, and sometimes forcing other nations to adopt democratic systems of government. It has waged wars against countries with dictators in the name of Democracy. But is it a system that we really need.
Most of the Advanced Civilizations that existed before the Industrial Revolution weren’t even remotely democratic. Prophet Mohammed and his successors swept through the Mediterranean world and ruled for a thousand years without allowing the people a chance to vote on anything. Genghis Khan didn’t set up voting booths in conquered territory. The Tsars of Russia conquered half of Asia without the need of conducting any polls. Not one Chinese dynasty ever consulted with the people on anything.
So why should we think that being a democracy is any part of the reason for our success on the world stage?
What do you guys think, do we need Democracy?
Thought the United Nations has declared the use of nuclear power as a sovereign right it seems that joining the global nuclear power club is not a matter of sovereignty but one of popularity. The journey of Iran, in its quest to attain nuclear power has been a long and arduous one. From the very beginning the United States has been determined to ensure that Iran fails in its attempts to achieve nuclear independence thereby solidifying its power in the Middle East.
Since the launch of its nuclear program Iran has claimed nuclear development in the name of energy medicine, agriculture and other technological advances. The world fears that Iran is going to use its nuclear power to arm its self with nuclear weapons. However, despite much investigation into the matter, the global community has failed to find any evidence to support the claim that Iran wishes to create nuclear weapons. The United States has called to Iran with alternatives of uranium trade through which the uranium grade can be monitored to ensure the use of only non-weapons grade nuclear material. Iran has declined on the basis that being on a nuclear life line to from America, would put it in an unfavorable situation where its entire nuclear industry will be dependent on trade with the United States. Further the world has called to Iran for greater transparency. Though the request may seem reasonable, calling for a sovereign state for complete transparency is like calling for the United States to reveal all CIA operations to world. It is a violation of a country’s sovereignty to be demanding such actions. As time passes the sanctions on Iran become more and more severe, and with each new sanction, the economy of Iran takes another severe hit. Never the less, Iran endures the hardships its faces, all in the name of nuclear power.
As the arms debate intensifies in Europe, the civil solution seems to become extinct. France and Britain have already exerted their interest in lifting the embargo to allow military support for the Free Syrian army and co. The US has also apparently started providing ‘tactical and technical’ help to the Free Syrian army soldiers in Jordan.
Russian and China however continue to reiterate their policy of non-interference in state matters. With a successful recent meeting between the new Chinese President and Putin, the two countries seem united once again to balance western foreign policies.
This political disunity among world powers is not helping the Syrian people and refugee numbers are increasing. The Syrian opposition seems divided. The Syrian National Coalition (SNC) saw its leader resign and this is why the arms debate has intensified. The arms could end up in the hands of radical Islamists who have a bigger agenda.
It seems so that Greece and Germany are stuck in a bad marriage. Greece being the spend- thrifty spouse and Germany being the responsible one financing the excess spending for the sake of keeping the EU family together. There have been many talks of Greece being a failed state as its spending seems to be outgrowing its earnings and three was even some talk in the early stages about its being thrown out of the EU.
It seems that though Greece does have problem, it is not one that can be easily corrected. Generally when a country seems to be performing poorly, its currency begins to lose value, making its exports cheaper and hence more competitive. Thus a country can pull its economy back up with export lead growth. However, since the EU has a uniform currency, the failing economy of Greece finds itself having to use the strong Euro currency during international transactions. Thus Greece will find it difficult to use export lead growth to its advantage, as its trading partners will not find their goods to be any cheaper.
The main problem that Cyprus faces in terms of the EU bailout is the 25% levy on all deposits in Cypriot banks that exceed 100,000 euros. As a country that provides a tax haven for Russian elite and Mafia finances, Cyprus has been unwilling to accept this condition for the bailout, as it would mean reduced if not diminished confidence of current deposit holders. This in turn could lead to fewer new deposits and a slow withdrawal of existing deposits, which could be the end of Cypriot banking.
Though it may seem unreasonable for the EU to be placing such a condition on Cyprus, there is some justification to it. Cyprus’ bailout amount of 10 billion euros (roughly $13 billion) is equivalent to over half of its annual GDP. A substantial bailout such as this would take Cyprus too long to long to repay, as they would get buried under the interest payments alone. It seems fair thus that Cyprus and its people, (citizens and deposit holders alike) to play a part in saving their country from a complete economic meltdown.