World History Honors
23 October 2011
Is war ever justified?
"Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime." - Ernest Hemingway. Is war ever justified? Well that depends on how much you value your freedom. When the United States entered the war in Afghanistan, many people criticized President Bush as if he was the responsible for the war itself. What those people don't see is that if we hadn't entered the war, we'd be ducking under bullets or watching for IED's on highways. Years after the 9/11 attacks, people still don't realize that there is a terrorist organization trying to kill Americans, and Bush has done a good job protecting us. I do agree that some of his methods weren't necessary, but he has done his best defending the millions that hate him. That's a reason why war would be considered justified.
The unjustified side of war would be the Civil War. Slavery is a big topic, which is why the war began. If the Confederacy won the war, the world would be much different than how it is today. But no matter how one looks at it, we fought among ourselves. Was killing other Americans a good way to show the justified side of war? "Hammer the battlecry into braille-studded armor." - Jamie Laurie (Flobots - Fight with Tools - 2008) What that quote means is that Le 2
war is a blind cause. Was it all worth it back then? A controversial war was the Vietnam War. The North Vietnamese tried to get South Vietnam to turn communist, and the US wanted to prevent this. So many people were against this, and they weren't wrong to. "The capture of Saigon by the North Vietnamese army in April 1975 marked the end of the Vietnam War. North and South Vietnam were reunified the following year." (Wikipedia) What I think happened to the US was they entered over confident. The fact that they beat the Japanese and Koreans in the previous wars was stuck in their mind, leading to their withdrawal from Vietnam.