The Declaration Of The United States Foreign Affairs Essay

1154 Words Sep 9th, 2016 5 Pages
In his Farewell Address, Washington stated, “It is our True policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.” Similarly, Thomas Jefferson said, in his first inaugural address, “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations—entangling alliances with none.” This was quite a surprise to me, since I would say we are doing nearly the opposite of that in our world today, despite the fact that our Founding Fathers suggested that we avoid it. For years, I’ve had mixed feelings on the involvement of the United States in foreign affairs. On one hand, I feel like we have a duty to keep the peace, so to speak, and do what we can as a country to help others. Conversely, it seems like we are sticking our nose into the business of other countries when we may or may not have the right and/or responsibility to do so.
I think a big difference between their world and ours is the advancement of technology. That advance affects how we communicate with other countries and how we can see what’s going on there, as well as share what’s going on in our countries. For example, when I read the news about what is going on with the Syrian refugees, and see pictures of children covered in dust and blood and the number of families who walk hundreds of miles to escape the war or risk death by loading their family onto a raft and taking to the seas, it absolutely breaks my heart. When citizens are exposed to that, they are more likely to support the call for help…

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