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Monroe Doctrine: Endangering America Essay

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There would be no America if America had stuck to the Monroe doctrine. The first necessary action is to define the Monroe doctrine and examine what it states. The Monroe doctrine was composed of four main points.
“1)The United States would not get involved in European affairs. 2) The United States would not interfere with existing European colonies in the Western Hemisphere. 3) No other nation could form a new colony in the Western Hemisphere. 4) If a European nation tried to control or interfere with a nation in the Western Hemisphere, the United States would view it as a hostile act against this nation. In his Monroe Doctrine, he said that the peoples of the West "are henceforth ...view middle of the document...

He was even known as the president who “kept us out of the war” (PBS) He believed the US should be a neutral nation and stay uninvolved in Europe's affairs, as the Monroe Doctrine states. Under threatening circumstances against his country however, Wilson had to choose to dismiss the doctrine and join in the Great War. (PBS)
Peace as Woodrow Wilson recognized, is always worth the fight. If one looks at Wilson closely, there is no question he was a great man who only desiderated the absolute best for his country. He was a very peaceful man who believed war should be and could be avoided. (PBS) Wilson decided to join the war, not for the sake of war and bloodshed but for the battle of peace. (PBS) Wilson wrote a plan called the Fourteen Points. It was in the fourteen points that he planned to establish world peace permanently. (history.state.gov)
“Wilson presented a program of fourteen points to a joint session of Congress on January 8, 1918. Eight of the fourteen points treated specific territorial issues among the combatant nations. Five of the other six concerned general principles for a peaceful world: open covenants (i.e. treaties or agreements), openly arrived at; freedom of the seas; free trade; reduction of armaments; and adjustment of colonial claims based on the principles of self determination. The fourteenth point proposed what was to become the League of Nations to guarantee the “political independence and territorial integrity [of] great and small states alike. Wilson’s idealism pervades the fourteen points, but he also had more practical objectives in mind: keeping Russia in the war by convincing the Bolsheviks that they would receive a better peace from the Allies; bolstering Allied morale; and undermining German war support. The address was immediately hailed in the United States.” (history.state.gov)
Everything that Wilson set into practice was all essential to obtaining peace in our country and on our earth.
The concept of war itself is all for a greater cause. War- a state or period of fighting between countries or groups: a situation in which people or groups compete with or fight against each other: an organized effort by a government or other large organization to stop or defeat something that is viewed as dangerous or bad. (Miriam Webster) Yes, war is a fight between people and yes it causes bloodshed but it is for a greater cause. In Woodrow Wilson's case, one of the main reasons he got into the war was for peace. War is even a Biblical thing that God allows and even encourages in the right time.“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” (New International Version,Matthew 10:34) “A time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.” (New International Version, Ecclesiastes 3:8)
Another main cause of breaking the monroe doctrine was the issue of safety. Before America joined in the fight of WWI, their merchant ships started...

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