The above image is a popular image that circulated the internet a few years ago. It is a screen capture of a translated Sega Mega-Drive (aka Sega Genesis in the States) called Zero Wing. It recalls the period in which popular Japanese media was attempting to flow into the United States with limited resources. One of those resources were primitive translation skills from Japanese to English.
American Imperialism, in which the American Government has numerous military bases throughout the world has been a shadow looming over the international community for nearly two centuries now. An American global presence is strategic choice to keep tabs on the globe. All regions of the world excluding Antarctica and parts of the North Pole has some form of military presence.
The novel “Sign Preceding the End of the World” heavily criticizes this kind of global presence. The character Makina makes an candid observation about American global domination. She likens it to America’s favorite past time: baseball. She says “One of them whacks it, then sets off like it was a trip around the world, to every one of the bases out there, you know the anglos have bases all over the world, right?”
American like to believe that this global presence is wanted. They like to see themselves as shining because of freedom and justice. And to some extent, it is true. However, it is that big of a stretch of the imagination that some countries are given no choice, and have to suffer the consequent of American Imperialism.
We are so blind to the fact that we are forcing cooperation with this foreign policy. We believe that we are attributing no wrongdoing.
Do we need to rethink our global strategy? Do we really need military bases around the world? Are we contributing to threats to global stability with this policy?