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The Case Against Manifest Destiny


The Case Against Manifest Destiny

César Chelala

The disastrous consequences of the recent aggressions against Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen and Ukraine, to name just a few, show the urgent need to revive the principle of non-intervention into another state. This principle of international law includes, but is not limited to, the prohibition of the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, according to Article 2.4 of the Charter of the United Nations.


Growth requires constant exploitation of resources everywhere. Manifest Destiny facilitates that. Now that every nation has swallowed the red pill of endless growth, we will have to move to another planet to satisfy growth requirements.


True but such enforcement doesn’t have to be by military means. The US has been using economic and political persuasion for many years with respect to its imperial demands. The uni polar world is fast coming to an end and a multi polar world is in the offing due in great part to American threats, interventions, disrespect for international law and military adventures. Soon the US will meet active opposition when it breaks the rules. This new paradigm can only be good for the world.


I wonder if Cuba will embargo the USA…


A third choice could be “sustainable growth”, like nature meant growth to be. Evolution takes place by death, rebirth and renewal. Conservatives are so scared of dying that they fool themselves into thinking they can grow forever.


According to the record in the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 7, verse 12, Jesus, known to many as the Christ, spoke these immortal words: “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them…" Does this not apply to nations as it does between individual people?


To include Ukraine in the same group of countries as Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Syria, is lazy journalism. The former are Arab nations with cultures vastly different than our own, and a valid case can be made that we have no business interfering in their internal affairs.
Ukraine, however, has had its territory annexed (Crimea) and invaded (Donbass) by the Russians, not the Americans. Many Ukrainians welcome American support in their efforts to become part of Europe and the West, rather than returning to the days of the USSR, when, like most of Eastern Europe, they were a Soviet (Russian) backwater.
In his zeal to condemn “manifest destiny”- which originally referred to the North American continent, not the entire planet- the author reveals a bias against American engagement anywhere, at any time. He should keep in mind that the United States does not have a corner on predatory, over-reaching nationalists.