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Q: Should the U.S. Become Involved in Foreign Disputes?


“The United States would have ceased to exist without the help of a foreign power. In the 1770s, it was the French who helped America get up on its feet through financial and armed means. In the present day, the United States should look back at the past and, with no doubt, become involved in foreign disputes. By becoming involved in foreign disputes, America gains economically. Involvement is the very thing that pushes trade to and from countries. By becoming isolationist, America loses money that could be invested into the general population to create a better tomorrow. Through asserting influence, America opens itself to new markets in areas such as the Middle East and Asia. Doing so, it creates jobs, promotes assimilation, and creates alliances. This is seen throughout history. In World War II, the United States GDP grew 17%. During the Korean War, it increased by a whopping 11.4% at its peak as well. Even in the Vietnam War, the GDP grew 7.3% in 1966. Keep in mind, a fantastic GDP tends to grow 2-3% each year. Numbers such as these show that the United States does more than grow; it booms. Through such booms, the lives of every American improve. Not only is it economically beneficial for the United States to become involved in foreign disputes, but it is also morally right. As previously stated, the United States would not be where it is today without foreign aid. Often, countries need help from larger powers to grow, whether it be politically or economically. In the present day, the US nurtures an international community through its aid to developing areas. At the moment, it aids over 150 countries. This helps promote peace and allows people to live their lives where, without the help of the US, it would not be possible. One example could be seen in Germany, a war-torn country that was destroyed both physically and mentally through World War II. Rather than allow a reemergence of hate and suffering within the population, the United States helped them grow and carefully fostered them to become an inclusive and prospering place. Since the involvement of the US, Germany has never looked back at its evil past. Another example can be seen with Northern Ireland, where there was extensive violence in the 1990s. When the United States got involved, they not only assured a peaceful transition of power between parties that hated each other, but they also promoted unity. To this day, Northern Ireland has remained peaceful; none of that would be possible without the United States’ involvement. That same growth is seen in an indefinite amount of other places. The United States is built on the ideas of fostering unity, democracy, and collective growth, To continue such ideological and economic growth on an international scale, the United States must continue to become involved in foreign conflicts. Some might argue that the problems of another country are not ours. Such a thought is false because America is built on the idea of activism and doing what is right. People have a tendency to be reactionary and complacent. Often a spark is needed to help a country go on the right path. Through consistent involvement, a spark can become a fire, one that creates a peaceful, prospering democracy. Whether it be accepting refugees or aiding the citizens of Syria, America allows those countries to have a chance at growing. When the majority of people suffer, either indirectly or directly, it is not “bullying” but in fact doing what is right. By becoming involved in foreign disputes, the United States does what is good and, more importantly, what is right.”

Patrick from Massachusetts


“In 1823, the United States of America issued the Monroe Doctrine, stating that no foreign power, especially European, could intervene in the affairs of smaller nations in the Western Hemisphere. In essence, America stated that other nations could not police the world. Even by her own standards, this US should not intervene in foreign powers. In nearly every instance when the US has intervened in the conflicts or democracy of a foreign power, (Vietnam, Iran, Nicaragua), the people of the home country have suffered. While sometimes the citizens merely overthrow the unpopular ruler put in place by the US, it more often results in the deaths of thousands. And while some may say that the US should intervene in disputes that involve genocide and other atrocities, America should never be unilaterally policing the world. In instances of genocide, like in Syria, the US not only has the right to, but absolutely should intervene. However, in these instances, the US can be deemed “morally correct,” because it has the backing of most of the rest of the world. As the world’s greatest power, it should lead other nations to stop forces of real evil. But, when the US is acting unilaterally, without the full support of organizations such as the UN, it is abundantly clear that she is only looking out for her own self interest, and therefore has no right to steal and pillage from weaker countries. Should the US, with the support of other nations, lead war-torn countries and their citizens to safety and out of poverty? Absolutely. Should the US police and bully other nations, bending them to their will? As a nation based on the principle that it was the right of the people, not other governments, to overthrow a tyrannical rule, the US should hold true to its values and uphold democracy everywhere – by focusing on its own affairs and allowing the people to choose.”

José from Massachusetts

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