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Do Superheroes Benefit the United States’ Foreign Policy?

Should all superhero movies be banned because they contradict the foreign policy? The current US foreign policy is “preserving the national security of the United States, promoting world peace and a secure global environment, and maintaining a balance of power among nations” (ushistory). This foreign policy is mostly internationalist which means that the United States is actively involved in the affairs of other nations to promote important national interests and/or the safeguard of the national security. This generation and generations before have grown up with superheroes; reading the comics, watching the movies, and playing with the action figures. Banning superheroes and becoming an isolationist country would mean that the US would not be involved in the affairs of other nations unless there was a direct threat to the country.

The American Foreign Policy was created to protect the United States and its citizens. Currently, the foreign policy talks about all kinds of topics and concerns such as; continuing relationships with other countries and international organizations such as the UN, including roles meant to bring peace such as working with allies “to assure regional and international security and arms control efforts, controlling economic problems and aiding disaster relief. The US has also taken it upon themselves to negotiate between countries and end conflicts along with taking control of “international economic and environmental problems” (Constitutional Rights Foundation).  The attacks on September 11 began the need for a new foreign policy. The terrorist group Al-Qaeda attacked the World Trade Centers in New York City, and the Pentagon which brought politicians together to review the foreign policy at the time. The prior policy was mostly focused on the benefit and success of the United States, uniting with our European allies to create a mostly democratic Europe. The success of this is due to “winning” the Cold War that took place between America and the Soviet Union from 1947-1991 which contained communism resulting in a Christianity-based Europe. The success of the containment of communism means that no countries nor their power present an immediate threat to Europe, Asia, and the US. Currently, the United States is the main power in the world, no other country has the economic, cultural, political positions that the US does. Because of all the global power that the US holds, it makes the country a great target for terrorism and intensifies the purpose for attack. “Political and cultural power makes the United States a target for those who blame it for their problems” (The Globalization of Politics) meaning that countries that attack the US can claim it was an act of defence in fear of United States.

Before the Princess of the Amazons became Wonder Woman, Diana was training to be a warrior. While living in her isolated island Steve Trevor, an American who was working for the Allies shows up and explains to her the massive war happening. Diana believes it is Aries, the god of war conducting the bloodshed. She then convinces herself that it is her duty to end this war and to do that Diana must defeat Aries. Leaving the island for the first time, Steve Trevor guides her into the war and they fight alongside with other soldiers to put an end to the destruction that was created. Along the way, Diana discovers her true self and realized what her destiny is. Wonder Woman gets involved in World War II because she felt the need to help others in order for peace to exist  among the people. Staying back and watching the madness unravel was not something she was happy about, Diana knew she was capable of doing so much more.  

Being a fictional character, Wonder Woman and other fictional superheroes should not be banned from being screened because they are fictional and wouldn’t contradict the foreign policy. Wonder Woman shows how the United States would benefit more from internationalism instead of isolationism because if she hadn’t helped the Allies during WWII, the war never would’ve ended. She knew the difference her impact would make and stepped up to provide help wherever it was needed such as war ridden towns and army bases which eventually lead to the allies winning the war. The argument that superhero movies such as Wonder Woman, Superman, and Thor should be banned is a silly argument considering that the characters are fictional. These movies should continue to be used for their entertainment and recreational uses and we should look up to the heroes that fight to protect and save lives no matter the expense.

Article by Olivia Helbling & Video by May Graellos


Works Cited

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“Foreign Policy.” White House, www.whitehouse.gov/issues/foreign-policy/. Accessed 15 Feb. 2018.

“Foreign Policy of the United States.” Wikipedia, 10 Feb. 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_policy_of_the_United_States. Accessed 18 Feb. 2018.

Walker, Jesse. “The Politics of Superheroes.” Reason, May 2009, reason.com/archives/2009/05/05/the-politics-of-superheroes. Accessed 15 Feb. 2018.

“War and International Law.” Constitutional Rights Foundation, www.crf-usa.org/war-in-iraq/foreign-policy.html. Accessed 13 Feb. 2018.

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