• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Justification for Oppression

Extracts from this document...


Justification of Oppression Noor Sharif November 19, 2008 HUMR2001A Margret Denike T.A: Dale Clark Citation Style: MLA Word Count: 2,491 What truly motivates imperialism is a question for the ages. Many would argue that greed is the culprit; others would argue that nationalism or something as simple as intolerance is what motivates one to amass enormous military forces in order to conquer lands. Whatever the case may be and whatever perspective one holds as to what in particular motivates certain individual to partake in imperialism, no one can deny the mind of an imperialist is an arrogant one. In the mind of an imperialist, his culture, cause or reasoning is superior to that of those he seeks to conquer. In the mind of an imperialist, no matter how inhumane his deeds, he is not a criminal nor is he a violator of human rights; he is a hero. Using the articles of Makau, Mosse, Grewal, Stoler, and Arendt and various other documents, this essay will explore and determine the reasons imperialists use to excuse their actions relating these to imperialistic actions of today. All past and present leaders of imperialist states have, in some way, attempted to justify their endeavors . Some have tried to insert some type of noble, honorable and beneficial reasoning for their ambition; others have simply attempted to change the colors of the picture into black and white for their populace, to make the people believe that :the other is evil in one way or another. ...read more.


Hannah Arendt makes us realize the mentality of the European conquerors when she says"...Race was the Boers' answer to the overwhelming monstrosity of Africa-a whole continent populated and over populated by savages-an explanation of the madness which grasped and illuminated them like 'A flash of lightning in a serene sky: 'Exterminate the brutes'" (Arendt 14). Again, the justification of the invader for neglecting the basic human rights of a people is simply because they are "inferior". When one speaks of the atrocities of the Nazis, one cannot neglect to speak of the Jewish population in Europe at that time, since they are believed to have suffered the most at the time of Hitler's' reign. A thorough analysis of Hitler's rise to power and the eventual annexation of most of Europe into his empire will clearly show the superiority mentality of imperialist leaders (Hilter 154). The atrocities that took place in Europe are a clear example of how the mentality of imperialists to cleanse the inferior people plays out. Hitler needed to give the downtrodden German people an enemy to focus on, therefore uniting them to rebuild the nation (Hitler 98) and to eventually put Hitler into power. George Mosse gave a clear perspective on Hitler's mentality towards the Jews: "The stereotype of the so-called inferior race filled with lust was a staple of racism, part of the inversion of accepted values characteristic of the 'outsider' who at one time threatened society and by his very existence confirmed its standards of behavior. ...read more.


Although this money is not free is it simply a loan with high interest rates attached to it (Elich 374). In this way, Western countries can maintain control of other less wealthy countries. Since these developing nations are unable to pay back the enormous amount they owe in debt, the wealthy countries who are in charge of such organizations like the IMF impose strict regulations and sanctions for the country to help pay back the debt (Elich 375). Using this method, Elich says that historically imperial countries use a different technique, less obvious then in history, to control, maintain and violate human rights in certain areas and to certain populations (Elich 376). In order to properly prevent imperialistic actions to continue which further the development of human rights abuses we must understand the roots of the actions itself and the very history of the people who commit these actions to help prevent them from furthering. To stop the current wave of imperialistic actions, it is necessary to put into perspective how this terrible cycle of power itself began and why it is being carried on. We must look at the political motivations of the world leaders now and historically pushing for this type of domination and carelessness for human life to continue and we must question their motivations. If the evidence, as clearly shown throughout this essay conveys that more innocent people are being harmed rather than helped why should the world sit by and let this continue? It is up to each of us to seek out the appropriate answers and to motivate others all around us to put a stop to these abuses. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our University Degree International Politics section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related University Degree International Politics essays

  1. 2nd Draft Dissertation - The invasion of Afghanistan, The Iraq conflict, and The dubious ...

    In Bush' National Security Strategy of 200012 singled out Afghanistan and Iraq as threats to national security but it was 9/11 that provided the perfect pretext for the United States to reassert its authority within the world order and exploit the large quantities of oil and gas resources of the two countries.

  2. In what ways does Colonialism still have an impact today?

    This is primarily discussed by Edward Said in relation to the Orient, but the issue of stereotyping, when he states that "All knowledge that is about human society...is historical knowledge, and therefore rests upon judgment and interpretation." (1979) which he later backed up with the point that "So far as

  1. Does 'hyperpluralism' have a negative or positive influence upon democracy in the U.S.?

    2008, telecommunications providers, including AT&T, Verizon and Comcast spent approximately $13 million on lobbying fees, seeking protection from surveillance lawsuits tied to illegal wire-tapping implemented after the September 11, 2001 attacks. After affective lobbying, significant amendments were made through congress in which greatly benefited the named telecommunications businesses in this area.

  2. Threat of Nuclear Terrorism and its implication for Western Security

    a terrorist group placing a nuclear weapon in a container on a freighter entering a major port, such as the Los Angeles/ Long Beach port complex, by far the largest in the United States. Terrorists could place such a bomb in one of the many containers entering U.S.

  1. Why was nothing done to stop the majority of the killings during the Rwandan ...

    You often ignore the enemy army to go after the people that you have decided to call the enemy"11 Gourevitch goes on to explain that calling the crisis a civil war was a way of ignoring that, in fact, what was happening was a systematic attempt to eliminate the Tutsi bloodline.

  2. For Europe, like any other nation, to be successful it must possess an identity ...

    However for it to continue its path along expansion and integration, it first needs to resolve certain issues that have been neglected or overlooked in its past. One increasingly important aspect of the European Union that has been little focused upon is the identity of Europe, the idea of solidarity

  1. Syria's Development Towards Democracy

    This is partly similar to England in 1215, when King John fought unsuccessful, costly war and then taxed the citizens (nobles specifically). It is also similar to France in Louis XVI?s reign when Louis accumulated debt due to participation in the American Revolution and forced it on the 3rd Estate.

  2. Integrated but not Assimilated - Many have argued that the Kurds should have their ...

    were sent to Kurdistan, ostensibly to help fight these terrorist groups. However, Author Michael Lortz observes that ??the true mission of the CIA was to acquire intelligence about the Iraqi government and military? (Lortz, 66). These clandestine operatives worked with the Peshmerga to drastically weaken Ansar al-Islam, and then turned their focus to disrupting Iraqi military infrastructure.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work