War, what is it good for?
I understand there are pros and cons to war, more specifically current wars, that is Afghanistan, Iraq, the war on terror and any other skirmishes that I, and others, may not be fully aware of.
I am asking people to contribute their ideas on war, be it pro or con, to see if we can come up with some kind of conclusion.
Is war worth it? What is the best approach? Do we invade to spread democracy (Iraq) or do we "plant the seed" (Libya) and nurture movements toward it?
Any other questions or information on war people can volunteer, would be great.
I personally think wars are a necessary evil but I am not completely sold on the concept. I mean, any war we get involved in must be for good reason right? Otherwise why do we sacrifice so much for them?
I truly respect and appreciate the soldiers for their work and though a person may not support a war they must always support the troops.
Thanks for your thoughts.
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What about a soldier? Why does a person sign up for the armed forces? Is it an action bug, a killer instinct? Is it as simple as career opportunity? Is it noble aspirations like protecting the innocent, to give others an opportunity to live and
grow toward a better future?
Is it a sense of duty, the best way they know how to contribute? Is it belonging, a community of like-mindedness? Is it all of the above?
Are these valid or naive motivations? Are they vain or selfless reasons?
@trek79, I’m in the USAF. I joined because i wanted to do a job, do it well, without bullshit, and make a difference. I quickly learned there’s a lot of bullshit, not a lot of work, but I still kinda make a difference. My opinion on war is that yes, it can be justified, but many wars are done for motives other than bettering the world.
It’s different things for different people. I’m curious to know how many soldiers have actually sat down and thought about what they are doing. How many of them questioned their actions and what the media/authorities told them?