US Manipulation of the War on Terror
Globalization engenders a new world order. Some of its characteristics are privatization, financial transparency, liberalized trade, and independency of the banking sector. These are the most favored themes in the process of globalization. These sectors are dependent on the individual culture and tradition of every nation; and no commonality has been discerned in these areas, till now. Therefore, they are not culture – neutral, and changes to the existing systems in these sectors would influence the traditional culture of the nations involved. There is no exception in respect of Islam, whose traditional practices would be drastically changed by the tenets of globalization. The principles of globalization would definitely destabilize the status and authority of several leaders, like the village elders, shamans, tribal sheikhs, princes and potentates. At present, the intellectual elite act as the curators of tradition, heritage and culture; their status is also undermined by globalization (Zoakos, 2006).
The United States waged war against Iraq, ostensibly to establish democracy and end Saddam Hussein’s tyrannical regime. However, several scholars and academicians have contended that the US waged war, merely to protect its trade interests in the region. With this war, the US has commenced to invade other sovereign nations, in the name of democracy and antiterrorism. In this manner, the US aims to dominate the globalization process throughout the world. According to P.M. Barnett, the US initiated the first step in uniting all the nations of the world. It wanted them to become members of a globalised world, whose rules are enacted by the US (The Economics of the War on Terror: Prosperity the American way, 2006).
The US has now a new weapon, namely war on terror. It can use this device to promote its interests around the world, and intervene in the internal affairs of any nation. In addition, it can unilaterally enact laws and declare any nation as a haven for terrorists. Sudan is the best example of this trend. The US deliberately ignored the requirements of the Sudanese, and their condition, after the US intervention worsened. Although the people in Sudan had been experiencing similar difficulties as the Iraqis under Saddam Hussein, the US did not initiate military action in Sudan. The US desisted from doing so, because there were no resources of benefit to it, in Sudan. The latter has no information or economic infrastructure and no financial establishments. In addition, it not in a strategic position in the global market, and the US has no interest in Sudanese products (The Economics of the War on Terror: Prosperity the American way, 2006).
The latest version of US international policy is based on corporate imperialism. Its military response to the strikes of the emerging pan – nationalistic guerilla groups, is extremely likely to generate more terrorist attacks. Subsequently, these attacks elicit a response from the US, this serves to improve the status and market share of its multinational corporations and defense contractors. These entities are the principal beneficiaries of the administrative and reconstruction measures adopted after the military intervention. The US has a near monopoly in countering terrorism, and it utilizes this fact to further its interests (The Economics of the War on Terror: Prosperity the American way, 2006).
The dominant position of the US ensures international peace. The US had failed to fully utilize its military prowess in Vietnam and Somalia, and consequently, these operations failed. Thereupon, the enemies of the US thought that the latter’s power had diminished. This perception emboldened them to strike against the US. One such attempt was the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. As such, the US must fight with might and main to eliminate terrorism from the world (Frías & Anderson, 2003).
Although, globalization and cultural dominance by the developed nations are some of the reasons for the growth of terrorism, there are other reasons behind terrorist attacks. Some of these are terrorists are: chiefly those who subscribe to Islamic thought and they are fanatical about their religion. In their opinion, any opposition to their religion warrants Jihad. Another reason is the cultural backwardness and poverty of these terrorists. This engenders considerable envy towards the developed countries, especially the US, which is a paragon of freedom. In addition, women are treated on par with men in the developed countries, whereas in Islam, this is not permitted. Hence, these people fear the various changes that could take place in their rigid ideologies; and such fear results in terrorist attacks. Therefore, it can be surmised that globalization is not the only reason for terrorist attacks.
List of References
Frías, G. A., & Anderson, S. (2003). What is the Role of the United States of America in the World? Retrieved December 15, 2008, from http://clas.georgetown.edu/entre2003/USAinworld.html
The Economics of the War on Terror: Prosperity the American way. (2006, February 27). Retrieved December 15, 2008, from http://nmcouncil.com/WordPress/?p=12
Zoakos, C. M. (2006). Rising Muslim Schizophrenia. Retrieved December 15, 2008, from http://www.international-economy.com/TIE_F06_Zoakos.pdf