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Can War Ever Be Justified Free Essay

  • Yes ofcourse it is

    There is always a reason a war is started, there are a wide variety of reasons (e.G religion, money, power, pure hatred) that can relate to each war that has erupted. In the country's best interest, why would a war start for absolutely no reason? There will always be a gain if won, which is the justified reason for a war!

  • War can be justified when there is a humanitarian crisis.

    Going to war entails a lot of casualties and damage to properties, but if it means saving people against genocide and other atrocities, it is necessary. A country may not be involved in other country's affairs within its jurisdiction, but when it genocides its own people, I believe that other countries should intervene now. Sovereignty does not excuse a country to kill its own people without intervention. Saving the humanity is a reason to go to war even if it involves sacrifices, we cannot just do nothing.

  • All wars are justifiable, few are justified.

    Any war can be justifiable. Justifiable no man would ever take the risks that war encumbers without reason. The real question is whether or not the given reason is moral. What, therefore, would make a war moral, or immoral? Are morals absolute, or are they up to individuals? Should morals be based on feelings, religion, or other reasons? Do ends justify means? These are the true questions that must be answered before the question of justified war can be answered, and unfortunately each point is complicated and has been individually debated for as long as human history. I will therefor give my own opinion without reasoning, as the reasoning itself would take several drawn out conversations, or books to even begin to express. Yes, there are absolute morals. These morals stem from a literal translation of original canon of the Christian Bible (this includes the Torah, Nevi'im, Ketuvim, Gospels, Epistles, and the book of Revelation). Finally, no, the ends never justify the means. Based on these presumptions I believe that war can, and should always be fought if other criteria are met. First it should be in the protection of others (this may include your own citizens), never for personal gain or interest. Second, these others must want your help. Third, without compromising the first two conditions, you must do everything in your power to resolve a conflict peacefully. All three conditions must be met for a war to be justified, but if even one is not met, the war can never be justified. If there are any arguments or problems with the assertions I have made please do reply debate is a great and glorious thing if used with the desire to find truth.

    P.S. It should be noted that my unwillingness to explain my beliefs in further detail a major cop out, and one that I hope to address in some way. Mabey I will write several books if I must, but just be aware that I do have very sound reasoning, and careful consideration that has led to my beliefs as they are.

  • Is war ever justified? Yes, yes it is

    I think war can be justified. Take for example World War 2. Could anyone with a clean conscience just sit and watch while Hitler took over the world? No! Take another example. North Korea. If they try to bomb us, will we just let them murder us all? No! We fight back and defend ourselves, even if it causes a war.

  • Yes, you can't just do nothing.

    You see, when it comes to war, everyone has their own opinions. But weighing the pros and cons can usually help someone come to a decision. It actually depends on the reason, like defending territory/people, protecting allies from invasion, defending human rights, and punishing wrongdoing. For those, you can't just sit there.

  • War is only justified if it is intervening with a genocidal country.

    Take WW2 for instance. If the Allied powers hadn't gone to war with Germany, more than just 6 million people would've died. The total death count would've been more like 10 million, if you also include the gypsies, Catholics, gay people, Jehovah's Witnesses and other groups that the Nazi's considered inferior. So tell me, all the people out there who believe war is not justified, how is, say, causing the deaths of over 10 million innocent people (an even more gargantuan number if the Holocaust never ended and Germany took over all of Europe) by not going to war better than causing the deaths of about 40 million soldiers to prevent innocent bloodshed at the hands of malicious dictators for years. So, I say once more, war is justified.

  • War can be justified for reasons such as

    Self defense , last resort and protection of humanitarians. For example when Japan bombed us first we had to strike back because one they where holding our soldiers hostage and mistreating them, and with Germany we had to save jewish people, and then they kept imperialising other countries so we asked them to stop but they didnt so brittian and france declared war when they invaded poland.

  • What brought us out of the depression?

    War, war is our friend because when you look at how much America was suffering from the Great Depression. When tension rose in Europe the Americans prepared bullets, weapons, and tanks. And when we were making those... What is the main idea of getting money? Jobs! And what opens jobs is making supplies! So why is war good? Think actually about the past.

  • What brought us out of the depression?

    War, war is our friend because when you look at how much America was suffering from the Great Depression. When tension rose in Europe the Americans prepared bullets, weapons, and tanks. And when we were making those... What is the main idea of getting money? Jobs! And what opens jobs is making supplies! So why is war good? Think actually about the past.

  • What brought us out of the depression?

    War, war is our friend because when you look at how much America was suffering from the Great Depression. When tension rose in Europe the Americans prepared bullets, weapons, and tanks. And when we were making those... What is the main idea of getting money? Jobs! And what opens jobs is making supplies! So why is war good? Think actually about the past.

  • Can war ever be justified?

    The example of Jesus is central to Christians’ attitude to war.  He was presented with an opportunity to lead an armed uprising, but he refused.  Instead he chose to endure brutality without resisting.  It was this choice, Christians believe, that set him on a path that led to the salvation of humankind.  

    However, Christians find their opposition to violence is challenged when they are confronted with evils that are so great that the only way to bring them to a close seems to be military intervention.  This has intensified in recent decades because of the rise of nuclear weapons and terrorism.

    Over the centuries Christians have developed guidelines to help them think about whether they might have to set aside their usual rule of non-violence.  They were first proposed in the fourth century by an African bishop called Augustine.  His theory of a ‘just war’ still shapes the way Christians think about these dreadful circumstances:

    >   There must be a just cause.  War can only be tolerated to defend people in response to tyranny.  It is forbidden to wage war in order to dominate others, increase territory or gain mineral resources.

    >   The decision must be made by the highest government authority.  In recent decades Christians have looked to the United Nations for this.

    >   Every possible means of resolving the crisis by peaceful means must have been attempted first.

    >   It must be judged that the war will not unleash an even greater evil than the one currently being suffered.

    >   The war must be fought with specific constraints:  civilians must be protected from attack, there must be a reasonable prospect of success, it must cease when justice has been restored, and the level of violence must match the severity of the evil that is being addressed.

    During the first centuries of the Christian church, all followers of Jesus were absolute pacifists.  A significant number of Christians still hold to those principles, led notably by the Society of Friends (Quakers).  They point out that Jesus did not tell his followers to submit pitifully when confronted by evil.  Instead he showed a way to be non-violent that was active, defiant and sacrificial.

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    What the Bible says about it

    An extract from the Bible:

    Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.  If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also.  If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic.  Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.  Do to others as you would have them do to you.

    Where to find it:

    Luke 6:27-31

    About these words:

    These are words of Jesus urging his followers to resist evil, but without resorting to violence.

    And they said...

    Martin Luther King jnr, North American clergyman and civil rights campaigner, 1929–1968:

    Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.

    Martin Luther, German theologian, 1485–1546:

    No Christian shall wield or invoke the sword for himself or for his cause.  But for another he ought to wield and invoke it, that wickedness may be hindered and godliness defended.

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