The US Manifesto of Dominance and Power

Power is alcohol. It can be subjective or objective, it can be soft or hard; either way power is power and when one becomes intoxicated there is the need to control.

Dominance and power; these two concepts have ruled the international system for decades. State behaviour is centred on survival, power acquisition and development of interests. While realist scholars like Machiavelli and Hobbes recognized the cynical nature of humans, they also identified that relations among states go beyond the boundary of human relations.

The twentieth century witnessed two wars that invariably shaped the international system. It went beyond destruction; it created a new sphere, a new image of power, incorporating it with dominance, its acquisition and control. As a consequence, the end of World War One in 1918 led to the League of Nations as an intergovernmental organization. The move appealed liberalists who pride themselves in supporting an egalitarian international system. Akin to this, the formation of the United Nations in 1945 — also a welcomed consequence of World War Two — promoted an egalitarian and inclusive community of states and world powers.

But this narrative, in our somewhat liberal world is dying. In as much as the UN tries to quell a series of conflicts and a World War Three that looks imminent, their efforts are futile. Within the UN there are five permanent members of the Security Council of which the United States of America, Russia, France, China and the United Kingdom occupy. This position, solely based on power, grants the occupants veto to cancel a resolution if it does not tally with the interests of their country.

World War Two completely changed the balance of power at the time, that after many years of rising to ranks, the USA and Russia emerged as the most dominant powers.

Power is alcohol. It can be subjective or objective, it can be soft or hard; either way power is power and when one becomes intoxicated there is the need to control. When states are intoxicated with power, they want to insatiably dominate. Power leads to domination. While China steadily enters into a realm of economic dominance, USA and Russia have had their fair share in competing against each other in military and political terms.

The cold war started as a race between capitalists and communists; who could incorporate the largest number of states into their conclave? With the USA spearheading the capitalist side and Russia (then Soviet Union) spearheading the communist side, each had a simple and succinct objective, to spread their influence, let the world know them, to let the world support them, then proceed to coax them and then stylishly dominate. First, it swiftly drifted to the involvement of USA and Soviet Union in African politics. Then it flew up to space — satellites were launched, there was a race to the moon — and eventually settled on the creation of nuclear armoury. The UN was only able to resolve this deadly yet strategic contest when both parties, who happen to be permanent members of the Security Council and prominent members of the UN, absolved their aims to a reasonable degree, making efforts to assuage a potential war.

But like the death of Soleimani, the USA justifies their actions by painting black the activities of these men while disregarding the part they played in causing their up rise.

Regardless, the advent of North Korean nuclear weapons did not make things better. Each year the world is always on the brink of capsizing into a full blown war, each time, the USA tries to coax future threats into their bosom. Once the threat established itself, they either sanction it, or make peace with it, or engage themselves in an unnecessary war. Anything that threatens their existence and domination must be eliminated. Thus, their involvement in the Middle East comes as a strategy of accruing power. They are indirectly stating that they have power and weapons and all those things that enable a modern conquest. They are stating that they have these things, as such, no one can do anything about it.

Their involvement in the Middle Eastern region has been used as a source of propaganda and an influx of unnecessary deaths. America powered the Afghanistan government to go against its people, supplied them with arms to fight a Taliban group that resulted from their actions. Similarly, participated in the Israeli-Palestine conflict. They have reduced Iraq, Libya and Syria to ruins.

On 7th October, 2001, President Bush announced the invasion of Afghanistan from the White House treaty room. On 2nd May, 2011, Osama bin Laden was killed by President Obama. On 3rd January, 2020 Qasem Soleimani was killed by President Trump. But like the death of Soleimani, the USA justifies their actions by painting black the activities of these men while disregarding the part they played in causing their up rise. And the presidents use this unfair advantage as a method of campaign and re-election.

In essence, the USA have established themselves as a dominant contender in the international system. They cause wars, by any means necessary, they incite insurrections against governments and vice versa. They are drunk members of this crumbling community and they will be the bane of it.