A justified war?!?! Poppycock! Treason! Heresy!
I know, I know. HighExistence is a pretty pacifistic place. By nature I too am wholeheartedly pacifistic. However, when you get into complex matters of global politics, things are not always as simple as, “Let’s just all get along, man.”
For instance, in the time leading up to WWII, Hitler was gaining strength, expanding his domain into other countries, building his army and his strategy. During this time, the British leadership was adamantly pacifistic, insisting that they would rely on diplomatic solutions to handle the situation with Hitler. By the time it finally became clear that diplomatic solutions just weren’t going to cut it with this guy, Hitler had expanded his power tremendously, making it much more difficult to snuff him out, and ultimately creating the conditions for WWII, one of the greatest tragedies in human history. This, at least, is one interpretation.
So it seems that sometimes military action is justified. The problem is: how can we — especially normal citizens with limited information — possibly determine whether a war or military conflict is justified or not? Where can we find reliable/complete information/perspective? It almost seems unknowable.
For further reading, here’s a really interesting thread with a lot of fascinating, differing perspectives on the United States’ military involvement throughout the world.
Really curious to hear any of your perspectives on when, if ever, war and military conflict are justified. Would also love any links/insights into where to find good information/perspective on certain current military conflicts.
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