Pax Americana

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"Pax Americana: The Lost Empire"

Like a cathedral, peace must be constructed patiently and with unshakable faith . Peace that can only be creating based in the common good and participation of all societies. But is it possible to impose peace?

In September 2000 the right-wing US think-tank "The Project for a New American Century" (PNAC) produced a report entitled "Rebuilding America's Defenses - Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century". This document visualizes the creation of "Pax Americana" or American Peace. However the community around the world suggested that it is a peace for Americans not a peace for all peoples and all the nations of the earth.

After September 11, The United States justifies war as a means to create a Pax Americana. It appears that United States is not looking for American Peace but instead the creation of an "Empire" where there is only one universal order that accepts no boundaries or limits.

U.S. still believes this universal mission. "This is a dangerous condition because it leads Americans to act as if America's presumed destiny confers upon it the right to supervise and judge what other nations do and, when necessary, to intervene to punish miscreants or troublemakers"

For almost 200 years the U.S. has dominated the hemisphere and the results are third world countries with poor economic and politic policies. Today Unites States wants to extend this empire to the rest of the world.

Is this a "Pax Americana" or a "Lost Empire"? I believe that Latin America is an example of an American Empire where U.S. controlled the destinies of societies. It is not an American Peace, instead is a doctrine based in national interest and exploitation. "In the Americas, Pax American is no dream of...