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Can war ever be justified ?
 
War is by no means a stranger to us, even if we have not had the tragedy of having to live through it. Whether in movies or real-life accounts of war experiences, we are well exposed to the horrors of human crimes, sufferings and destruction. Many feel that such depictions are usually sensationalized in order to get an audience, but in my opinion, war can never be as cruel as they are shown via third-person accounts. In fact, it is worse.

The tremendous suffering that results from war is unimaginable. Innocent civilians are maimed or killed, while the soldiers face irreparable physical and mental damage even years after. A recent news article revealed that the effects of Agent Orange used in the Vietnam War more than twenty years ago are today still felt by the young children with enormous heads swollen from the inhalation of the gas. The kind of destructive rampage that soldiers, excited by blood lust, inflicted on the people during the infamous Nanjing Massacre is testimony to how much suffering is unleashed during wars. How then can war ever be justified?

Furthermore, everything around us suffers when there is a war. In Kuwait, the Gulf War might have liberated them from the invasion of Iraq, but the damage done to the environment and economy took months to subside. When the Iraqis set fire to the oilfields in an attempt to create difficult conditions for the Allied forces to maneuver safely in, they also inadvertently created one of the worst ecological disasters of the century. Thousands of wildlife died from the pollution of their habitats and the air remained black and foul for many months thereafter. Kuwait had to struggle to rebuild its economy from scratch. Once an affluent country it was barely able to support its people.

In a war, there are no winners. How then can one say that it is justified since it does nothing but condones violence in trying to solve the problems? The amount of resources and lives that are lost by both sides does not convince anyone that it is good to have war. During the World Wars, both victors and losers spent years trying to recover from the devastation. This could have been avoided if other peaceful means had been employed to forestall the problem instead of letting it balloon to a stage where nothing else save war will do.

The only justification for going to war is to defend one's liberty. The very basic right of every human being is the right to freedom. If that is taken away from any me, all else pales in comparison. When one is enslaved by another country's tyranny, the primal urge to free oneself and survive is understandable. Only in such a case, when one is truly threatened, should war ever be a consideration.

Yet, what is the price of freedom if so much is destroyed in the process? In the same way what is life if one has to live in shame and slavery? It is an unfortunate fact of modern living that this is a Gordian knot that has yet to be untied.

     
backbreaking   exhausting
     
mundane   routine
     
demarcations   differentiations
 
 

 

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