America and Foreign Aid
Since 1945, the United Nations has been an international organization that has come
together to facilitate cooperation internationally with law, economics, security, development and
progress. The UN was developed to replace the League of Nations in an attempt to avoid war.
They have come together to provide a balance in a global interdependency. The UN works
together to protect other nations, and in doing so, provides a good amount of financial aid,
particularly to developing countries. In the UN, the United States is the most powerful and
richest nation. They have taken on, what they see as, a responsibility to help the weaker and
poorer countries. However, this aid is not of a courteous nature and should be limited quite a bit.
Thirty-five years ago, in a general assembly, the UN decided that each of its members
would give .7 percent of its gross national income to foreign aid.¹ Giving to other countries can
be a beautiful thing. It is incredibly pertinent to those countries that are in need of medicinal
assistance, food, clothing and shelter. However, these countries who are attempting to give so
much to third world nations should not over step their boundaries. There is a difference between
aiding a country and running it. When a powerful country, such as the United States steps in to
“help” their government, it is not a good idea. Occasionally, in our past, we have aided foreign
governments and it has worked out for both sides, however, most of the time it backfires. When
John F Kennedy decided to enter the Vietnam War in an attempt to stop communism and spread
democracy, it only lead to thousands of American casualties.