Machiavelli And War On Terror Essay

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In both The Prince and The Discourses, Machiavelli presents very specific advice on how a ruler can maintain stability and control over his newly acquired state. Machiavelli lived in a time when a ruler could come to possess another kingdom through the simple act of war. Yet, in our modernity, a ruler cannot simply declare war and occupy a territory. He must also face repercussions from the other world powers that are in existence today. Our time has evolved and a ruler now has to take into consideration the opinions of other world powers along with the opinion of other global organizations such as NATO and the United Nations. In terms of the United States and their policies towards Afghanistan and Iraq, Machiavelli would disagree in the stance that the United States has taken towards the war on terror because the US has failed to create stability in spite of the time that the military forces have spent in these states. However, Machiavelli’s advice cannot be realistically taken into consideration because it is no longer applicable in our modernity. Therefore, the US has correctly chosen to not follow Machiavelli’s advice.
The US relationship between Afghanistan and Iraq has been a severely complicated one since its beginning. Although the U.S. and other western countries had originally supported the mujahideen movement in the 1980’s, the formation of Al-Qaeda and the search for jihads by its members eventually led to the declaration of a fatwa against the United States in 1998. After many terrorist attempts believed to be caused by Al-Qaeda, the conflict culminated with the attacks on the Twin Towers and pentagon on September 11, 2001. The attacks against the United States caused an international domino effect of support. President Bush declared war on September 12, NATO pledged its full support by October 2 and the U.N. condemned the attacks and called for international support against the perpetrators. Finally, on October 7, 2001, the United States and Britain began airstrikes against Taliban government buildings and training camps. After continued fighting in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Operation New Dawn began in 2010. Operation New Dawn hoped to create a new face and government for the Iraqi and Afghani people.
The policies that the United States has implement towards the War on Terror both conform and diverge from Machiavellian ideals in regards to foreign policy. Machiavelli states that to obtain and maintain power in a newly acquired state a ruler must “give offense…by imposing troops upon them”. The U.S. immediately acted towards this goal after the terrorist attacks in September 2001. The immediate action of the U.S. also correlate with the advice Machiavelli gives about the swiftness that must be taken to avoid war; “one should never allow a problem to develop in order to avoid war, for you end up not avoiding war, but deferring it to a time that will be less favorable”. By taking immediate action, the U.S. was able to take...

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