The Pros And Cons Of The Monroe Doctrine

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In the past the United States is known for its notorious habit to take other people’s land. A particular case is Cuba. Cuba was apart of Spain but the United states wanted to capture Cuba and help them gain independence. The action that took place with Panama after a long war and a struggling government the United states also lended a hand to Panama and tried to build the canal. Lending a hand isn’t a problem but when you are trying to take over the country it then becomes a problem. Another action the U.S attempted to take over Panama was to justify it with the Monroe Doctrine. The Monroe Doctrine was a United States policy that was meant to oppose european colonialism and that the U.S would handle the western hemisphere affairs. Despite the…show more content…
In document “”Autopsy of the Monroe Doctrine” by Gaston Nerval talks about a different point of view during this time. Most documents up until now talked about the U.S’s documents and point of view. But this document comes from a point of view from a bolivian journalist and diplomat. In the first sentence it already says the United States policy has a powerful influence on the Latin American policy. “Monroe Doctrine justifies all the aggressive policies of the past. In the eyes of Latin America, it is a pretext for them”(88). The Monroe Doctrine imposes self rights and is easily manipulated to help the United States. The Abandonment of the Monroe Doctrine was a document meant to discard points that might have the U.S misunderstood. The first point in the abandonment of the Monroe Doctrine is that “The Monroe Doctrine was not intended for the benefit of Latin America”(89). This brings up the question about whether or not the Monroe Doctrine supported to claim to the Panama Canal. Another point that is brought up in the abandonment of the Monroe Doctrine is the seventh point “ The Monroe Doctrine has been distorted to serve as an instrument of the hegemony of the United States in the Western Hemisphere”(89). This means that Latin America doesn’t have any rights or benefits from the Monroe Doctrine. The U.S had power and right to establish the
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