Violence Is Pointless

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Violence has been around since the beginning of human civilization, but what has it achieved? War, death and suffering, nothing positive. Violence can spring from prejudice, envy and nearly any other reason you can think of. Why people think that violence solves problems is beyond me but to put it bluntly, in every way, shape and form violence is pointless. I don't believe anyone could justify a violent action, unless the person who committed the violent act is mentally ill or has some sort of psychological problem. There is never a time or a place for violence to occur in modern day society. Whether it is a fight at school or full-fledged war, violence is totally unacceptable, even if the person is a 'jerk' or is self-obsesses. We in the western world brag about how we are a "world superpower" but we do not act like one. If America was a true superpower it would not have let the situation in Afghanistan and other countries get so bad.

All countries would love us, not hate or fear us, and we would always help when needed. Sadly Americans have a reputation of only getting involved when it has something to do with trade or money from a certain country. Is that the actions a true "superpower" would take? September 11th is the perfect example of what I mean by pointless violence. Osama bin Laden made a bad decision, a conscious decision, but still a bad one, to kill as many people as he could by hijacking planes and crashing them into buildings. He succeeded in killing many innocent people, but when push comes to shove what did he prove? What did he do it for? He did it because of his hatred for the American people and that is the only...