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The Era of Colonialism

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The world’ s superpowers have a history of exercising their military and economic power to influence other countries to follow their ideologies. This can be noted from the era of colonialism whereby they seized weaker nations and made them their protectorates. After these states were allowed independence amid chaos and rebellions, the superpowers left a lot of strings attached such that these countries had to maintain links with their former protectorates. They adopted the same form of governance, constitutions, education systems and religion as that of their colonial masters. On the other hand, the superpowers had already established their constitutions meaning that their governments were already running smoothly and had already stemmed out barbaric cases of civil wars and conflicts.

Major discoveries in science were already in place and the citizens were working day and night to generate wealth. In fact, it is during this time that these countries were fighting battles of supremacy to showcase their military power. On the contrary, colonies on attaining independence failed to focus on development but concentrated more on sharing political positions and accumulating wealth on individuals thereby creating a foundation for enmity between local tribes, hence tribal conflicts and civil wars (Kuperman 2001 p 10).

Corruption became a monster that has haunted these countries for as long as their independence and instead of gaining wealth to assist other needy countries, they have continued to rely on the international community to assist them. It, therefore, goes without saying that countries such as the US, Britain, Germany, Russia among others can do as they wish to protect their own interests on the basis of humanitarian intervention.

The US, for example, is adamant about the need to suppress activities in any country that exhibit the development of nuclear weapons, which it considers to be a great threat to world peace. This is believed to be the major pretext for invading Iraq though the efforts can be justified by the positive results that the country has managed to achieve (Chomsky 2007 p 57).

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