International Relations

Topics: United Nations, Rwandan Genocide, Rwanda Pages: 10 (1842 words) Published: April 28, 2014
World Views on Takastand

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” -John F. Kennedy

These words spoken by John F. Kennedy during his inaugural address on January 20, 1961 are the personification of the agenda towards foreign relations for the United States of America and her Western allies. As champions of peace and servants of liberty, the nations of the ideological West have swiftly rationalized the mobilization of peacekeepers, implementation economic trade sanctions, and forcefully removed government regimes that were deemed violators of human rights, tyrannical, and/or agitators of world peace. Yet, as the world becomes a smaller place due to enhanced communication, lowered trade barriers, and mass media; nation-states tend to plan their actions more tactfully than before in the 1960s to maintain their global reputations and popular sovereignty. Takastand`s problematic relations internally and externally symbolize the importance of efficient security, popular sovereignty, political liberties, and human rights functioning completely to acquire a civilized state. By chronicling statehood decisions of the following nation-states; France, Great Britain, Russia, and China, the purpose of this paper will be to highlight political and social factors associated with the Takastand crisis. Additionally, it is imperative to analyze the governmental frameworks of these countries as the influential basis behind responses that impact surrounding communities and the international relations process. This brings the discussion to the young nation-state, Takastan, which after the separation from a large authoritarian empire, began to showcase the symptoms of an oppressive government. These traits are showcased, firstly, by the single-party government in national elections, which are largely symbolic1 because no other party is allowed to have candidates. Much like Takastan, North Korea is ruled by a single party and the recent elections in March of this year, North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, won 100% of the votes because he was the only candidate on the ballot. The 13th Supreme People’s Assembly is a rubber-stamp legislature that gathers 687 delegates from across North Korea to go through the motions of proper election, but it is all merely a show. Every motion, nomination, and inevitably election of individuals are predetermined by the “Upper” house. Thus, the meeting is merely a gathering of puppets to show to the world that North Korea adheres to democratic processes. All delegates must automatically lift up their registration cards and vote in favour of all motions. Western nations, such as the United States, France, and Great Britain, view these actions as a mockery to democracy and its principles. "I will simply say that is not a model for democracy around the world," U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.2 Second trait is shown by the public degradation of the other ethnic groups through police raids and mass graves being found. The world shuddered in 1994, when mass graves containing more than 7,000 bodies were discovered in Rwanda3 from the “ethnic cleansing” of the Tutsi minority by the Hutu majority for political power and ethnic oppression. If Takastan has a world leader like France as ally, then France would help to equip, arm and, according to many, train the Takastanian militia. The same actions happened in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide and those same military officials that France trained were the driving force of the massacre of the Tutsi and even after officially learning of the genocide, France continued to support the Rwandan government of the Hutu majority. Once sanctions were placed on Rwanda and U.N. peacekeepers arrived, the French volunteers still proved inefficient. Many of the perpetrators of the genocide conveniently fled the...

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