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article imageOp-Ed: Can we justify war?

By Chace Elliott     Sep 29, 2012 in World
War has never been a happy affair, but are we trying to justify going to war more and more as time goes on? Are we taking into account the innocent people harmed?
There is a legal loophole for individuals called murder in self-defense. The basics of this are that if you can prove that the person who was murdered was immediately threatening to your life or to someone else’s then it is acceptable to kill them. This although is a controversial issue in itself but it does closely relate to the issue of being able to justify war.
War is ugly, war is unjust, more simply put war is deadly. Saying that we are able to kill each other in self-defense relates to issues of one country going to war against another in order to protect it’s own people. What is not considered here is the innocent people that are involved, harmed or killed.
When the war on terrorism is over simplified to say that the United States went to war in order to protect it’s own people from a dangerous group of people who were immediately threatening to the lives of it’s people, then it is easily justifiable.
What is not taken into account here is the amount of innocent people that are harmed on both sides of the fight. On one side we have the families of the fallen soldiers; the wives, the children and the parents who will never be able to live their lives the same. On the other side of the fight we have the same thing except with the added destruction, the homes destroyed, the crops and the businesses ruined.
The Wall Street Journal reports that, “justifiable homicides nearly doubled from 2000 to 2010, the most recent data available, when 326 were reported.” reports similar information on the rate at which American wars are occurring. Between 1914 and 2003 the United States has been involved in 11 wars where as between 1801 and 1898 they were only involved in 7. Now 2 of these 7 wars took place on American soil and had only Americans fighting on both sides. With this said the rate has nearly doubled in relatively the same allotted time period.
For something to change it has to change from within. What I am saying is that the system that says murder in self-defense is alright directly relates to the rate at which American involvement in International wars is increasing.
Sometimes wars are justifiable or at least that is what we tell ourselves. The only problem is that there is no way to govern them. If there was a body set up such as the U.N that was to control international warfare then who would be there to govern it? What would stop a country from going to war with this governing body and what would keep it from becoming corrupt?
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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