It's Our Duty to Fix the World

It is our duty to fix the world
1776 is arguably one of the most important dates in recorded history. Why, one may ask? Well, in 1776 the greatest and most powerful nation to date was formed by explorers seeking freedom from oppression. They called this brave new world the United States of America. All though this infant country took some time to mature in to what it is today. It came into being when Thomas Jefferson and 55 other men drafted and proclaimed the “Declaration of Independence” on August 2, 1776. The document described what the founding fathers of our nation desired it to look like. Most notably the rights to “[…] life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” But that is not the only important phrase from the declaration it also says “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.” This phrase, I believe should be the central focus for shaping our current international relations policy. Although our class textbook Global Politics: a New Introduction seems to disagree with my position. In chapter 20 of the textbook there is a quote “there is actually something wrong with the idea of changing what’s wrong with the world (Edkins and Zehfuss 2009, pg. 498)”.The founding fathers of our nation and I believe, if there is a problem in the world it is our right, even our duty to fix the problem and bring about a solution.
Human rights in Iraq during the reign of Saddam Hussein seemed to be completely non-existent. There were high levels of torture, rape, executions, and forced disappearances. The mass of Iraqi people under Saddam were degraded to the likes of expendable insects that infected his empire. Najat Mohammed Haydar, an obstetrician in Baghdad, was beheaded in October 2000 apparently on suspicion of prostitution, according to Amnesty...