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Military Adventurism Is A Term Which Mocks Reckless Actions

By Nita McKinney

The use of the term military adventurism is becoming more frequent. Yet there is no single definitive meaning. Generally, it has been used to portray different types of activities where military force has been applied. Such action may mean a policy of invading countries. In another context, an eagerness to intervene militarily in foreign countries without outright war has been associated with this term. Military coups have also been seen in this light.

During the Presidential campaign in 2012 Governor Rick Perry of Texas used this term and later explained he meant using force where no vital interests were at stake. President Yoweri Museveni, in his address to the heads of states during the Non Aligned Movement summit, criticized the adventurist aggression of western countries. He said this aggression was to reimpose hegemony over developing countries. In Ghana it this expression was used to describe a history of coups.

Activities reflecting such action have also produced haunting misadventures. These can seem so useless, that waste is a good description. Take the example of the current relationship of Vietnam and the United States. They are trading partners. But, a few decades ago, they were in bitter conflict with each other. Yet many Vietnamese civilians still suffer from an environment poisoned by Agent Orange. The toxic agent was used to clear forests during the conflict.

The United States and Russia are cordial today, but they were engaged in a Cold War that commenced soon after the termination of World War II. To get the Soviets out of Afghanistan, the Americans used proxy warriors, which included Islamic fundamentalists who later formed Al Qaeda and turned their sights on the United States instead. Now the country is engaged in a growing effort against Islamic militants.

In the absence of this development, the world would have been a better place. The spreading toxin of Al Qaeda and its cohorts is endangering millions of people. American lives have been wasted and the country has been insecure. More recent interventions have emboldened Al Qaeda and added to its ranks. More countries have become unstable and extremists are shredding their peaceful existence.

The latest development is the exposure of surveillance on a grand scale undertaken to catch terrorists. There has been dismay and surprise and the reputation of the country has been tarnished. People have wondered how the cherished ideals contained in the Bill of Rights have been disregarded to catch a few terrorists. America has paid dearly for an action that with hindsight appears to not have been needed any way.

Military coups have hindered institutional development in affected countries. Turkey, Pakistan, African countries and Egypt have been victims of such ill advised interference more than once. As militaries are not trained to govern, national development suffers. As shown in The Act of Killing, a new documentary about an unpleasant time in Indonesia, the scars are not easily erased.

Military adventurism is an expression that expresses a disdain for such interventions. As instability grows in our world, it is a fitting description for rash behavior that can lead to serious unintended consequences which can last for a long time. Peaceful resolution of conflict is more constructive.

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