The Real Cause for the US Involvement in Kosovo War
The dual theme of the book "Promised Land, Crusader State" can be used to examine the present situation of United States involvement in Kosovo. The roles the United States have played in the international community have fluctuated between the Promised Land in which America is concerned with maintaining its own sense of security and the Crusader State in which America actively participates overseas in creating what it sees as a proper moral order. As the only remaining superpower in the postmodern era, the United States often has, in the last few decades, played the role of world's policeman and entangled itself in situations where its motivations are not clearly defined.
In examining the situation in Kosovo, we can also take a dual approach. First, we can view the ways in which the United States has acted as the "Crusader State" by analyzing the reasons United States and NATO have given for military action in Kosovo. These reasons, for the most part, involve justifications to act against the ethnic cleansing that has been carried by Slobodan Milosevic, and also invoke historical references. Secondly, we can examine the military situation from more of a "Promised Land" perspective by evaluating the possible motivations for United States intervention to determine how convincing they are.
It is as if the United States is attempting to make up for its isolationist past, the attitude that persisted in the earlier history of the country which maintained that involvement in other countries' affairs was not a chief priority. In both World Wars the American public hesitated on the issue of committing troops despite its European allies' involvement. This isolationist attitude of the past was cause for many of the United States' regrets. Perhaps the damages that Europe suffered, such as Hitler's massacre of the Jews could have lessened or even prevented if Amer...