Counterparts of Wars and Leaders
Herbert Hoover once said, “Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die.” War is what unites us, and what tears us apart. George W. Bush and Henry the Fifth are two rulers that waged war for similar reasons. They had similar circumstances to begin with, had comparable experiences, and had relatable results in the end. Presidency and kingship, war, futility, and animosity are key words to understanding the parallels between these two powerful rulers separated by almost six hundred years. War comes from a feeling of right and wrong, it comes from a desire to be better than others that are different, and from selfish motives. When it comes down to it, war is a part of our human nature, and it will not stop until it completely destroys us all. It is a given that anyone that follows in the footsteps of those before them have the desire to prove themselves, and this is exactly the situation between Bush II and Henry V. George W. Bush lived a very similar life to that of his father George H. W. Bush. The two attended the same university and career path. They attended Yale University, were business men in the oil industry, and were also involved in politics. George W. Bush eventually became president just as his father did eight years before him. Both presidents came into their presidencies with the start of new wars. Bush Sr. opposed the Iraqi invasion into Kuwait led by Suddam Hussein and entered into the Gulf War in 1991. After September 11th 2001, President Bush declared war on terror, and two years later- war on Iraq. It is possible that this act was a decision to finish what his father started. The reasons for going to war against Iraq were extremely questionable and difficult to understand. It was possibly an effort to “get the bad guys,” to finish what Bush Sr. started, a quest for oil, or some kind of combination of these reasons that led to the Iraqi-American war. On September 11th, terrorists from an...
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