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Yes, I do believe that Truman was justified in making the decision as presented in his speech. First, every sovereign state must be willing to protect its economic interests by employing any possible amount of power including the use of the military to mitigate threats. As pointed out by Latouche (2002), venturing into war with perceived enemies across the territorial boundaries, the US did not only protect its economy, but it also succeeded in helping outer countries overridden by enormity. Secondly, the idea of venturing into war has given hope of global security among nations that are constantly under attack because of their physical location and susceptibility to terrorism or spiritual believes. Therefore, Truman’s’ speech is an array of hope to countries such as Greece that have since survived through sympathy to from a free nation.
While Truman’s argument was targeting the cold war that took place between 1945-1991, its presence compares more to the current state of war that commenced in the early 21st century. A typical scenario is the US military invasion in the Middle East where there is constant violation of human rights on the basis of religion by the extremists (Taliaferro, 2004). Though the concept of religion may not be very clear, but the presence of the US army in countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan has positively contributed to bridging of peace in different regions that have since experienced instability. On the other hand, the US is able to maintain economic prosperity. By fighting terrorism, the US does not have to contain with burden of mediation yet it has the highest influence of power. According to Sinkkonen (2015), the US indulgence in war with criminal organized groups such as Isis has led to the establishment of peace and economic stability among countries such as Turkey, Korea, Vietnam and Guatemala among others.
- Latouche, S. (2002). In the wake of the affluent society: An exploration of post-development. London: Zed Books.
- Sinkkonen, V. (2015). A Comparative Appraisal of Normative Power: The European Union, the United States and the January 25th, 2011 Revolution in Egypt. Leiden: BRILL.
- Taliaferro, J. W. (2004). Balancing risks: Great power intervention in the periphery. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.