Sunday, December 7, 2014

The United States: Hungry for Deception

           Focused on avoiding international scrutiny, the United States has made its diplomatic goals look like humanitarian assistance. The U.S has donated 1.5 billion dollars to the United Nation's World Food Programme, an organization that travels directly into Syria to provide aid to the millions that are extremely malnourished. Even with its conflict with the Islamic State, the U.S looks to be selfless towards a country where it has developed a history of hostility. Although it’s easy to take these donations as simply charitable, their real purpose is so the United States can maintain Jordan as an ally against the Islamic State.
          Even after escaping a civil war, Syrian refugees still need to cross the desert into Jordan. Over a million have done it, many of them traveling to Jordan with the sole purpose of treating their starvation. All of these Syrian refugees have put a strain on many aspects of Jordanian society, mainly its economy. There are millions of more starving Syrians that aspire to make the trip across the desert into Jordan, which would pose as quite harmful to Jordanian society. That is how the WFP’s involvement in Syria is essential to Jordanian government. It contains Syrians within their country during the civil war. Even in the midst of all the fighting, if starving Syrians are provided with food inside their own country, they are less likely to travel to Jordan to seek food within refugee camps. 
         Although the WFP is crucial to Jordan’s economic state, Jordan does not have the financial ability to fund the United Nations to keep the WFP in Syria. Jordan needs help from an economically powerful country like the U.S. In return for funding the WFP, the U.S acquires Jordan as an ally of their military campaign against the Islamic State. Since Jordan borders Syria, the U.S has many close range advantages, such as training Syrian rebels to fight the regime.
         Donations to the WFP have been exponentially growing as Jordan and the U.S have formed
a mutually beneficial relationship over their affiliation to Syria. Instead of diplomatic intervention with humanitarian goals, the United States is using humanitarian intervention to accomplish diplomatic goals.

1 comment:

  1. A very insightful analysis, Michal. Perhaps using the word "strategic" in place of "diplomatic" might make this a bit sharper. But a bit abrupt in how you introduced the topic and it lacks an important element: HOW does the US supposedly promote itself? A poster or even an analysis of the bag in the photo might strengthen this already bold post.