Let us, for just a few moments, imagine that as of January 1, 2001 the United States of America was, for whatever reason, no more.
Gone are U.S. leadership, economic power, and its force of arms, diplomatic influence, global balance of power and (often-unappreciated) generosity.
►Now many have come to loathe America’s assumed position as global police officer, but whether one likes it or not, this inherited function plays an imperative and pivotal role in upholding the international order and predictable permanence of nations. For example, without the U.S. assuming the role of “cop”, India and Pakistan may well have provided us with history’s first nuclear exchange or in the least, come menacingly close.
►China would either haven taken, or be well advanced in planning to take Taiwan consequentially compelling Japan to enter the nuclear club.
►The two Korea’s may have fought a new war resulting in the deaths of hundreds of thousands, if not millions.
►Russia’s resurgence would see it eye off its, ‘near abroad’ neighbours.
►Sudan would not have a peace agreement.
►Freedom of the oceans and seas for commerce would be lost – something America provides free of charge.
►North Korea would be nuclear and Libya may not have turned friendly.
►Over 20% of the U.N’s funding would have vanished including most of the world’s food program; an arrangement one that feeds tens of millions.
►Gone too, would be nearly 20% of UNICEF’s costs to ‘feed, vaccinate, educate and protect children in’ nearly 160 countries as well as $28 billion in foreign aid, an amount that more than doubles that of the next highest donor, Japan.
►The U.N. High Commission for Refugees would have lost over 30% of its funding, putting at risk its assistance program to nearly 20 million ‘refugees across the globe’.
►The spread of aids would have been endemic with the world's largest commitment for relief ($15 billion) no longer available.
►The U.S. is the global ATM ‘providing 17 percent of the International Monetary Fund's resources for nations in fiscal crisis, and funding 13 percent of World Bank programs that dole out billions in development assistance to needy countries’.
►We would have also missed-out on 40 percent of the world's budget on R&D, driving innovation in areas like information technology, defense and medicine.
A few points the hordes of anti – Americans should at least mull over before shouting ‘Death to America’ or ‘America go home’. So never-mind the unprecedented achievements and contributions of the past century instead, lets reflect on and consider, the picture of achievement and contribution formed over the past seven (7) or so years – since 1/1/2001.
The U.S. may not be perfect but Lord knows, we need a strong and caring America, we need a leading economic engine and its ‘public goods’.
Now there will be some, who may accuse me of knowledgeable ignorance arguing that in absolute terms, as a percentage of GDP, America is down the table in terms of aid. This is true, but figures are figures, impressive in this case and should not to be downplayed; they are far from superfluous.
Incidentally, a poll released earlier this year showed that the world public rejects the U.S. role as a world leader, but still wants the United States to do its share in multilateral efforts and does not support a U.S. withdrawal from international affairs.
So there you have it friends, if you know of any America basher's, haters, cynics and detractors perhaps you can refer them to this post.
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