(Sabre-rattling; 02-02; p.2)
The amount of propagandistic pressure on Iraqi
leaders has been raised tremendously: apart from demands to allow
western inspectors into the country for arms control, threats
to invade the country could be heard.
Threats to use force are not new in this situation.
As a matter of fact, British and American fighter-aeroplanes control
the northern and southern no-fly zones in Iraq since 1998 and
by doing so bombard - if regarded necessary - air defences. What
is new, is discussing in public an invasion aiming at overthrowing
the ruling Hussein-clan.
Not debating the questions of if and how plans to invade a country
are adequate to resolve political problems, one can find some
fundamentals about American foreign policy in the Iraq case. Whereas
in accordance with the Monroe-doctrine during the Cold War interventions
of the USA had been restricted to the American continent nowadays
the superpower's area of interest has obviously been enlarged.
Pax americana shall or even has to be guaranteed on a world-wide
scale in the eyes of its supporters.
Different perspectives, new definitions
This shift became most obvious in the debate
about the New World Order at the beginning of the nineties as
well as in the development of specific terms to denote states
with unwanted behaviour (cf. for this: Chauvistré, E.: Das atomare
Dilemma, Berlin 2001, pp. 31-41). That way, the traditional category
"rest of world" has been subdivided to acknowledge the
special relevance of certain states to American foreign policy.
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