Officer Sam Should the U.S. be the World's Police Force?

Whether you like it or not, the world is becoming smaller every day. When the global village becomes a global city, who will keep its citizens safe? One nation in particular has taken it upon itself to ostensibly fulfill this task. Could the United States possibly be justified in seeking the role of an international ‘police force’?

By Berend Pot

In 2004, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, better known as the creators of the renowned animation series South Park, released a movie named Team America: World Police. The movie involves a team of string puppet super soldiers who are tasked with neutralizing the then leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-Il. Now, I am not going to tell you whether or not they succeeded, nor am I going to review the film. Instead I will use the film to introduce a criticism that is often leveled at the general aim of United States foreign policy during the last century. For the most part, Stone and Parker’s film is a satire about the position the United States has taken within the international community, which has often been described as one comparable to that of a police force. Interestingly, such comparisons have been made in the spirit of heavy criticism as well as praise and advocacy.

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