Week 15- 21st Century American Society
Week 15- 21st Century American Society HIST 370
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Date Created: 12/11/15
HIST 370 Notes Week 15 War in 21St Century American Society A US Military and the United Nations In the 1990s the United States military supplied a substantial portion of United Nations detachments to various unstable political situations in Somalia 1993 Serbia and Bosnia 1995 Afghanistan and Sudan 1998 and Yugoslavia 1999 Both before and after 911 the United States was the biggest provider of military force for the United Nations as it remained the sole global superpower following the collapse of the Soviet Union This idea has become controversial both within American society and in the international community as it has painted the United States as the world police for being involved in multiple engagements around the world despite protest from other governments in some cases including America s allies and compatriots in the United Nations Another factor that hinders the proper functioning of the United Nations is the bureaucratic nature of the ordeal contrary to popular conceptions the United Nations is not a governing body but rather a format for negotiation and problem solving for competing nations This results in matters such as nonvoting members ie Palestine Taiwan desiring full membership through recognized sovereignty while established member nations ie Israel China hold much in uence in the political atmosphere of the UN s decision making and have a vested interest in preventing those nonmember states to gaining any sort of authority in the UN s dealings B United States Post911 Akin to how Japan s attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and subsequent US involvement in Europe and the Pacific utterly changing the path of American political in uence in the world alQaeda s attack on New York City in 2001 and subsequent military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan forever changed how the United States approaches the military and foreign intervention Another similarity between the two has to do with the mass in ux of disparate pieces of information both FDR and George W Bush were receiving warnings of a possible attack months before the actual events of Pearl Harbor and 911 This led into an afterperiod of government suspicion of sections of its populace J apanese and MuslimAmericans respectively that resulted in federal action Executive Order 9066 and the USA PATRIOT Act respectively A potent matter of discussion in post911 American society is the use of torture identi ed as enhanced interrogation by the United States government and whether or not it aligns with the values and morality of our nation as well as whether or not it is practical and effective in accomplishing the goals of our nation s war on terrorism This plays into how war in uences American society by taking root in our public discourse over pressing issues of the time in the case of govemmentsanctioned torture of suspected foreign terrorists a discussion over the supposed morality ie values and ethics of the nation have come under scrutiny
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