Sunday, 22 May 2011

US imperialism or opportunism?

Several weeks ago US Navy SEAL Team 6 flew into Pakistani airspace, landed on Pakistani soil and conducted a targeted assasination without consultation with their so-called 'ally'.
This is not to say that the death of Osama bin Laden is a bad thing or that it should not of happened, however a certain question must be asked of America's action in this case especially following President Obama's announcement that he would sanction further unilateral actions in Pakistan to target Al Qaeda leaders.
In such a case surely the sovereign rights of Pakistan to retain control of its borders and look to its own national security are vialated by US unilateral missions within said borders?
While it is of course in Pakistan's interest for Osama bin Laden to be captured or killed, by acting unilaterally and with so little care for its allies feelings or sovereignty, the actions of the US can and will be seen as showing imperialist or hegemonic tendencies.
Indeed, if it is not a trite comparison, it shows similar disregard as the invaision of Iraq did in 2003 in which the US (without UN backing though with allied support) violated the legal sovereign rights of the Iraqi nation. Again this is not to say that the invaision and removal of the Baathist government was not a good thing, this post is simply to point out a woorying trend in American foreign policy. The use of invaision, regime change, extraordinary rendition, occupation and now assasination by the US government seems to demonstrate a hegemonic belief not seen since the fall of the Great Powers half a century earlier.