War/Conflict Brings Out the Best as Well as the Worst in Humanity

Topics: Iraq, Saddam Hussein, Iran Pages: 2 (483 words) Published: June 2, 2012
Prompt: War/Conflict brings out the best as well as the worst in humanity Conflict, the struggle between opponents over values and claims, to scarce status, power and resources. Conflict brings out the best as well as the worst in humanity. Wars such as the Combodian-Vietnamise war and the Iran-Iraq war showed us that throughout conflict people suffer horrible and disturbing events which include starvation, rape, torture, death and mortality. Thankfully, throughout all these hardships and diabolic situations, some individuals made every effort to exercise everything in their capacity to help others. Awkwardly, times of conflict tend to expose the most admirable and disrespectful qualities in human behaviour.

Loung Ung’s 1997 Nobel peace Prize winner novel, “First they killed my father”, exposed on the Pol Pot communist regime as it ruthlessly oppressed people in order create what they called a “Classless society”. Throughout this period of time, people struggled to survive due to lack of food and therefore became forced to steal, kill and turn in family members & individuals whom they believed were ‘corrupt’ in order to receive higher food rations. In the text, Kim, “Ma’s little monkey” at the age of 12 becomes the head of his family. Kim risks his life bravely stealing food from the shady village chiefs to bring back to Ma and his siblings. Through Kim’s actions, clearly he is those whom are lovable and caring as he jeopardises his life for the sake of others.

Similarly, during the 1980-1988 Iraq-Iraq war, criminal dictator and former Iraqi president Saddam Hussain evacuated thousands of Iraqi and non-Iraqi citizens from Iraq, as he considered them as a threat to the country. Such innocent people included merchants, figures of opposing parties, anti “Baa`th party individuals and also members of the Islamic Daa`wa party. This large group of guiltless civilians was thrown out of Iraq only to later flee later to Iran. Saddam Husain’s actions exposed the...
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