Is war ever justifiable?

Essay by nadiimF, March 2003

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Is war ever justifiable?

In the aftermath of two world wars and in the shadow of nuclear, biological, and chemical holocaust, man is living in a society where war can erupt at any time and at any place. War is a state of intense hostility between two countries or involving a group of countries. War has been waged from time immemorial. History is not on the side of lasting peace because even looking at history objectively is nothing else but a catalogue of war. Some people reasoned that war is a biological necessity because man still has barbaric instincts. War brings man down in the scale of evolution. Nevertheless, there have been some occasions where war has been justified.

There are wars at various level namely regional wars, World Wars I and II, war between two countries, civil wars, cold wars and the first war of this century which is the war on terrorism.

In the 20th century, World War I (1914-1918) and World War II (1939-1945) have caused a lot of death. Both together have caused around sixty millions death including soldiers and civilians. World war one began because Germany wanted to invade the whole Europe. As a result, the US joined the allies in order to defeat the troops of Germany. Along with World War I, World War II was one of the great watersheds of 20th-century geopolitical history.

Territorial dispute has existed for years. In Israel and Palestine, there has been a never-ending war as both party have a claim over the territory. The problem is compounded by the fact of religious animosity between these two states. Also, India and Pakistan have been fighting for the territory of Kashmir. Religion is simply adding oil to fire. There is an animosity between the Hindus and Muslims.

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