War … A necessary evil ?

September 22, 2006 at 8:01 am 3 comments

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists and the hopes of its children.

These words of Dwight David Eisenhower , the 34th President of the USA aptly describe the ill-effects of war .

War is a state of widespread conflict between states , organizations or relatively large groups of people , which is characterized by the use of violent , physical force by combatants on civilians. War seems as old as human society and certainly features prominently in the recorded history of state-cultures. But it is a complex issue. Throughout history war has been the source of serious moral questions. Although many ancient nations and some more modern ones viewed war as noble, concerns about the morality of war have gradually increased. Today war is almost unanimously seen as undesirable and morally problematic. Many now believe that wars should only be fought as a last resort.
War, in my opinion, is useless because of its damaging results . It does not decide who is right , but only who is left . It brings suffering and death not only to the conquered , but also to the conqueror. Under no circumstance is war moral, even in cases of self defense. There are just other ways to solve problems. Peace treaties are an easy way to end war. In a peace treaty, it is easy to settle the differences and come up with an agreement that both sides can decide on. That way the solution can be a compromise and problems will be fixed. Often it happens that one side can’t agree , so they decide that war is the only solution. Wars are begun with many different reasons: Land conflicts, religious disagreements, and independence conflicts. In my own opinion, war can never be justifiable . In short , war is cruel – there is no use trying to reform it.
Besides , if everyone solved their problems with fighting , where would we be now? As the famous physicist Albert Einstein once said – ” Peace cannot be achieved by force, only by understanding .” This , in fact , echoes the teachings of the father of our nation , Mahatma Gandhiji , who set an example to the world and succeeded in winning freedom for our mighty nation without engaging in armed conflict.

War in our time has become an anachronism. Whatever the case in the past, war in the future can serve no useful purpose. A war which became general, as any limited action might, would only result in the virtual destruction of mankind .Several nations today engage in armed conflict in the \’defence\’ of freedom. But one must remember that a pre-emptive war in \’defense\’ of freedom would surely destroy freedom, because one simply cannot engage in barbarous action without becoming a barbarian, because one cannot defend human values by calculated and unprovoked violence without doing mortal damage to the values one is trying to defend . Moreover , true patriots always talk of dying for their country and not killing for their country.

Most importantly , war results in large-scale destruction of a nation . Rebuilding and rehabilitation of the people are a responsibility of the invading nation , which puts a further strain on its finances , diverting funds from development efforts and other nobler causes like education and health-care . War is immoral for these reasons . There is just no excuse for human torture , suffering and death.

As John Lennon puts it , ” War is over , if you want it.”

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. dman  |  September 22, 2006 at 2:41 pm

    nice!good to know which side ur on(“hmm looks like he’ll have to bite the bullet.”)

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  • 2. atul  |  September 23, 2006 at 3:32 am

    @dhanu : hey sorry about the ‘moderated comment thingy’.. i deleted it coz u posted the same thing 2wice… thanks for stopping by ne way !

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  • 3. vishesh  |  September 23, 2006 at 8:12 am

    bigo bang on target…..
    u 4got abt 1 pt though the effect of war on children….it is important to think of that as well..as 4 the treaties part…u can see where they r leading too…
    we need ppl who can solve things by practical thinking…with no harm meant our country should bring up the ideals of nam and fight against the unipolartiy and dominence of USA.seeing children die is what im concerned abt..i think it is time we do sumthing abt…as long as ppl r selfish and dont think abt others…war cant be avoidid…life it self can become a war..

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