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Part I. Imperial Intentions
In the Third millennium after the birth of Christ
one nation bestrode the world like a Colossus: The
United States of America. Its culture was the world's
culture, and its armies garrisoned the Earth. It truly
was the time of the Pax Americana. Then one perfect
day a small group of shadowy men destroyed the symbol
of American economic might and snuffed out 3,000 souls,
and the people asked - Why do they hate us? We aren't
an occupying empire, are we?
Part II. The American Military
and the World
When America defeated Japan in World War II, then
occupied the country, some Americans who worked there
had a real sense of working for an Imperial power.
In the ensuing years the presence of American troops
has sometimes become a focus of violent anti-American
sentiment, particularly in the Middle East. Today
the U.S. has 247,000 troops and civilians deployed
in 130 countries, from the Balkans to Colombia to
the Philippines. For the first time in history American
troops are garrisoned in the graveyard of empires:
Central Asia: Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan.
Analysts argue that America's expansion of empire
is far from accidental.
Part III. The Cultural and Commercial
Impact of America
It is hard to generalize about the benefits of cultural
empire. American cultural products from films to fashion
are part of everyday life all over the world. Some
would argue that it is the more subtle way in which
American ideas re-shape people's minds that really
demonstrates American power. Whether you think imperial
power is good or bad, it is impossible to deny that
America holds enormous military and commercial sway
in the world today.