Speculations on Foreign Policy

Christopher A. Harris 9/13/16

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When it comes to the question of general foreign aid, say to third world countries where the populous is starving to death, the ethical approach and behavior is that we have to help them in any and all ways that we can. Typically foreign aid in this sense is conducted via funding and relief supplies. For this specific situation we’ll be talking about the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. After the earthquakes Haiti was plunged into turmoil and violence, the populous was rioting and pillaging their own nation, destroying their own infrastructure further more than the earthquake had initially. Despite this they received a total of 13 Billion USD in foreign aid. Six years after the fact over 50,000 Haitians are still living in displacement camps, this shows us that a tiny nation receiving a generous donation in foreign aid is still completely incapable of fixing its circumstances. The reasons for this are debatable but the main question that needs to be asked is, what did we gain from helping them? Absolutely nothing, Haiti is not a military power to be feared nor is it an economic powerhouse capable of assisting others the same way we assisted them. The point to be driven home here is that rarely, anything, is ever gained from foreign aid, in fact, all that foreign aid does in the majority of cases is that it drags other nations down with the one that is already suffering. So therefore in the end, preservation of your own nation and her resources is the most ethical approach. .

         From this we can ask ourselves about the circumstances in which it does pay off, or in which the loss of our own resources is truly worth it. This is when we begin the speculation of the foreign policy with our allies or if allies are needed at all which is a pretty easy question to answer. In the modern era there are very few if any isolated nations, North Korea for instance has attempted to be an isolated country but even in their deprived and suffering existence they still wouldn’t exist without the help of Russia and China. If a nation is capable of being self-reliant it’s obvious that they should isolate themselves, with this being said there’s an absence of conversation on foreign aid when there is no foreign activity. So within the context of allied nations, it needs to be understood that a nation should ally themselves with countries of similar political ideologies, (Nationalist allied with nationalist, democracies with democracies, etc etc.) allying with nations of different beliefs is dangerous to the preservation of a nation. Our allies do have an effect on our country, on a smaller scale it’s just the same as befriending someone completely unlike you, in fact that’s exactly what it is. The array of effects that this has goes beyond the foreign aid topic.

         Diving deeper into relations with allies, we should of course help our allies in any way possible as long as it doesn’t mean the compromise of our own nation and people. Now of course sacrifices have to be made in order to help our allies but it should never go to the extent of causing harm to one’s nation, (going back to that simple point of “if possible to help then of course.) by helping our allies that continues to cement the bonds that you have with your allies, unlike with other nations like Haiti where helping them is only a burden, with our allies, we know that they will do the same for us if the occasion arises.

         So simply put, the matter of foreign aid depends solely one whether or not a nation is capable of providing for more than just itself in the first place, if capable of course you should help your allies of which should be of like mindedness, if you don’t have allies and others to assist you then you’re doomed to fail, no one is a one man island. On the matter of helping those who aren’t your allies or are in too poor a situation to be helped, the most ethical approach is the preservation of your own people and not theirs.





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