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American Dominance

When the cold war ended many people thought that tension between nations would go down. People thought wars were over for a while and no one needed to worry; they were right in some cases. Eric Schlosser, Amy Chua, and Mary Kaldor all bring up very good points in the subject. In Eric Schlosser’s book “Fast Food Nation”, he talks about how some countries eat lots of fast food to become more like Americans. Amy Chua argues differently in her book, “They Hate Us: America as a Global Market-Dominate Minority”; she says some people from other countries won’t eat fast food because they do not want to support American business. Others do eat American food because not everyone in the world does hate America. Mary Kaldor argues completely differently in her book, Beyond Militarism, Arms Races, and Arms Control, she talks about how globalization has completely changed how wars are fought. Some can agree that people in other countries not wanting to eat American is a war against our food. Some countries do not like the way America goes about things because they believe our country is become too powerful and more countries are relying on us. Other countries are become jealous of our success. The tension around the world is still here, and so are the boundaries, some countries believes The United States does cross the boundaries at times and many countries do not like it.

The United States of America has been the most dominate country in the world for a very long time. We have had the best economy, (until late), the best business, and we overall have been making a lot of money. Some countries have started becoming jealous of that and have started doing things about it. Amy Chua stated “ but for most of the world today there is no question that Nike, Gap, Reebok, Starbucks, Ben and Jerry’s, Wal-Mart, Coca Cola, Disney, Levi Strauss, and Toys R Us are American. It is precisely the American-ness of these brands that makes them irresistible to so many—and despicable to so many others.” (Chua 233)This is saying that we as United States Citizens love all of our brands and are used to shopping there, but when it comes to other countries they refuse to shop there out of hatred of the US. Some countries despise our brands because they do not want to support anything American. Most people do not like America because they feel we have made bad decisions in the past. Eric Schlosser talked about this after the US bombed the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia. A lot of people in china hated America after that happened, and to get some sort of revenge they decided to target their fast food. “At least a dozen McDonalds and four Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants were damaged by Chinese protesters. For some reason, no Pizza Huts were harmed. Maybe they think its Italian.” (Schlosser 540) So what happened is the Chinese decided to show their rage and anger towards America by attacking our fast food. Kaldor sees the United States dominance in a different way. She argues that our military is too advanced for other countries to compete with. Kaldor states “The U.S. no longer has what is known in the jargon as a (peer competitor) and other armed forces are too varied to be compared.”(Kaldor 394) Kaldor sees our armed forces as so far ahead that other countries would get destroyed by The United States. Our military is too advanced. This is another huge reason why we have been such a world power for so long. Another reason we are so dominate is because we have explored globalization…

The United States has become such a world power because they have put their companies all over the world. If a person goes to any country in the world the chances are they will see a McDonalds or another type of American company. This has even happened in places that do not like the idea of capitalism. Eric Schlosser said almost the same thing “In town after town statues of Lenin have gone down and statues of Ronald McDonald have gone up” (Schlosser 545). Lenin was one of the leaders and creators of communism and by stating this is showing how far globalization has come. Forty years ago when Russia and Germany were still communists there would of be a chance of United States companies being put up there. Some counties try to resist having American companies come to their countries by telling everyone that it’s not helping their own economy, just ours. Chua had some of the slogans as “Mexico for Mexicans and Chile for Chileans.” (Chua 250-251) Chua was saying that foreign countries do not like the United States making a lot of money off their country. Most countries can’t turn it down at the same time though. The country gets offered a huge amount of jobs by a company’s factory being put up. Chua used an interesting statistic about globalization when saying this “ In Argentina, laissez- faire economic policies in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries led to the humiliating domination of Argentina’s economy by American companies like Swift, Armour, Wilson, Good year, and ITT. By 1935 roughly 50 percent of the country’s industrial capital was owned or controlled by American or other western investors.” (Chua 250) This is a huge way of America crossing what is called the “borders or boundaries.” Other countries do not like being controlled by another country. This is one reason why so many other countries hate us. Some places no longer even want foreigners in their countries.

When there is a war or just when it has to do with tourists most countries don’t want you to come inside. After World War two many cities in Germany did not and still do not want American in their cities. They still have a grudge on their shoulder for what happened in and after the war. Some people living in Germany even go to very far measures to make sure Americans and foreigners do not feel wanted. “Right wing extremists have declared large parts of the easts to be foreigner- free zones, where immigrants are not welcome.” (Schlosser 547) The tension between most countries has died down since World War Two but in some cities they are still mad. Other countries don’t want Americans or other countries in for a more specific reason. When there is a war going on and some countries try to help but what normally happens is they leave before helping at all. They ended up doing more bad then good. Kaldor states this by talking about the United Nations. She says “In Rwanda, UN forces were withdrawn just as the genocide of 800,000 Tutsis began, despite the impassioned plea of the Canadian UN commander, General Dallaire, to establish safe havens.” (Kaldor 393) When the UN came it gave everyone a sense of false hope. The people there thought they would have been saved from the war, but little did they know the UN left when they were needed most. Sometimes it is better to not get involved before you give people false hopes. This is another huge reason for tension around the world. There is hatred for the country that left them in their time of need.

If I would have been asked three years ago if some countries crossed certain lines that caused world tension I would have said no. There are many things that the US does that offends other counties. Weather it is foreign advertising, being to dominate in the global market place, or getting involved in things and not finishing it out. The tension is not what it once was but it is still there. Some countries cross lines but for certain reasons things do not escalade. Some say the United States does not get punished because of our great military. That is a positive and a negative. If a country did decide to declare war on the US many other countries might want to join their side, but for the time being everything is safe. We are a dominate country but we try to help others at the same time. The lines might get crossed but half of the times the country is trying to help.


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