CAN WAR BE STOPPED IN FUTURE?
Here is a brief discussion on the topic of Can war be prevented in the future? I have briefly examined this from not one or two but seven distinct points of view.
It is up to you to decide whether war can be halted in the future or not, and if you have a different point of view, feel free to share it with me.
From the days of feudal chivalry war has been one of man’s prominent activities and judging from the past it always will be. For every thirteen years of war, there has only been one peace.
We all have a natural inclination to fight. Despite the fact that we may brag about our civilisation, even throughout the first 70 years of the 20th century, the world has seen more wars than it saw in any previous century.
There have been no wars on a larger scale than the two World Wars of 1914 and 1939.
Furthermore, what applies to an individual also applies to a nation. Everyone strives to uphold their honour and reputation.
We can argue and fight over the smallest sign of dishonour. If this is the case for an individual, how can we expect nations to behave peacefully and honourably when they are subjected to outrage and degrading treatment?
I have an important inquiry for all of you.
Will you continue singing songs of peace if your nation or community is destroyed or will you fight back?
I would like to stress that it is wrong to assume that the future must resemble the past.
Discrimination based on skin colour, once a much-honoured custom, is now regarded as foolish and anti-social. War has also begun to be seen in that light.
Man has gradually developed the nobler instinct present in him. He has made an effort to rid himself of his more primitive animal tendencies. He has risen in the scale of evolution. He does not live by bread alone. He has his spiritual and religious feelings also.
All religions teach us the love of mankind, nay, even of the entire creation. No religion in the world preaches war.
The first POV’s comparison of people and nations is not entirely appropriate.
Even in his actions, a civilised guy is outgrowing violence. No longer is it deemed necessary for the honour to respond to indignity and violence with the same.
Men have developed a greater capacity for cooperation and a decreased propensity for conflict.
When one person’s honour was seen to have been offended by another, people used to engage in duels.
In developed and affluent nations, duelling is no longer practised. By taking the matter to international agencies of justice, national honours can be bartered in the same way.
Even now, not all countries are equally powerful or civilised.
It might stay the same now as it did in the past. Stronger countries still frequently oppress or take advantage of smaller countries nowadays.
In their own game of dominance and power, the Big Powers play cat and mouse with the smaller countries.
However, not all recently developed nations are ardent advocates of world peace. Even they do not hesitate to go to war to assert their rights and make their presence felt.
Even a peaceful revolution needs a few revolvers. instance after instance can be given to show that great revolutions have been made only through war.
Some people believe that the colonies won their independence without any bloodshed.
I would suggest to such people to ask any refugee who migrated to other places to narrate his story. You will come to know if there was any blood-shed or not in the wake of their peacefully won independence.
Even after the economic and commercial development of nations, their economic disparity cannot be adjusted.
This rivalry between nations cannot be replaced or removed by arbitration, international organisations, or Panch Sheels, by mere good intentions and aspirations.
Most of the world is striving for peace but even then these rifts remain and become the cause of wars.
Folks, you must be aware of the new slogan of every country.
“We want peace but we are ready for war.” It is in the right spirit.
A nation that does not remain well prepared for war will be inviting aggression from other more powerful and aggressive nations.
Wars can be easily avoided now. In the past war between two nations was fought between the two of them only or another one or two as their allies.
Now it inevitably becomes worldwide in scope. It is especially difficult for a nation to succeed in a war of aggression today. Germany’s two attempts in this century are examples in point.
The fear of plunging into a world war is keeping nations away from war at present. This fear is indeed a blessing in disguise.
Economic rivalry is in reality the chief cause of war which can be removed by a better social system.
Perhaps the economic devastation that follows a war is far more telling than the actual destruction caused by the war. Even those who are indirectly affected cannot afford to face it.
The growing horrors of war have made war impossible. One has only to visit Nagasaki and Hiroshima to know the destruction that one atom bomb has done in each case.
War is no longer a killing game played among soldiers only. Now peace-loving citizens will be killed earlier than even the soldiers on the front.
Now wars are only possible if the human race as a whole is prepared to commit suicide.
Nations and peoples have striven for some kind of international agreement since they came into existence.
Every failure has been taken as a stepping stone to success. If the League of Nations failed, a more powerful organisation, the U.N.O. has taken birth.
Man is by nature peace-loving and this hope of peace cannot remain unfulfilled forever.
Wars will be there as long as poverty and exploitation are present in the world.
No pattern of society, feudal or capitalist or even socialist has been able to abolish poverty and exploitation completely.
Accordingly, at intervals, people come to lose regard for their lives. War as a remedy is sought then in despair.
When I am hungry I will snatch bread from another person’s hand. Fear of consequences may not stop me.
Hungry nations fight with those who have exploited them in the past. Rising nations fight to assert their rights.
For example: now and then Egypt will rise to claim her right over the Suez and there may be a war on the issue.
Moreover, with the continuing increase in population in every country, war sometimes becomes necessary.
The rulers cannot feed the millions of hungry mouths and so they divert their attention to war as a remedy for all evils.
They believe and declare that after their victory everything will be all right.
Many people do not see any good prospects for them in ordinary civilian life.
War is often welcomed as a relief from the monotony of everyday existence.
I quite appreciate the little done by the most promising organisations like the U.N.O, you will agree with me that on several occasions the U.N.O. has proved to be an organisation of disunited nations and only a mere international debating society.
The U.N. is there, but war is also still very much there in the world. One can hear even today cannon’s thunder in South East Asia and the Middle East and in Europe.
Science has revolutionized everything today. The story of man has covered a long course of centuries. The basic conceptions of man’s life have been altered.
But it seems that some get frightened by the thunder of cannon in South East Asia and the Middle East and in Europe.
Today, the very conception of war has changed. Previously, any minor scuffle or skirmish in any corner of the world was considered a heinous thing. But today, we have a different idea of war.
Whatever has happened in Egypt, the Congo, Laos, and Korea is no longer a war. These are just minor divergence’s from the peace which need not cause much alarm.
War today means a total war between the East and the West, led by two giants, Russia and America. This type of global war envisages total human destruction, the complete annihilation of mankind.
Shall man ever venture to erase his existence from the face of the earth? Shall humanity ever strive to remove humanity? Reason refuses to agree. It protests.
We might have a war or two, but in the end, sanity must prevail in the minds of human beings and war-torn humanity must find shelter under the canopy of love, peace and prosperity.
Besides, a basic change has come in man’s way of thinking which had not been noticed in any other period of human history.
After the first world war, we organised the League of Nations. Then came the second world war after which the United Nations Organisation was born to save the succeeding generations from the scourge of war.
This sort of revolutionary change in man’s way of thinking is significant.
It points to one conclusion only that humanity shall not continue to indulge in war but would try to resolve differences by peaceful means.
For the first time in the history of the world, the battlefield has been replaced by the conference table.
All this proves that this sort of change in man’s way of thinking should ultimately give us some positive results and the stoppage, even outlawing of war, shall be one of those results.
The very fact that was mentioned in the previous POV says that we may have a war or two shows that wars cannot be stopped.
Even if the 3rd world war starts it’s going to end humanity and it has been rightly said that if the 4th world war starts, it will be with stones.
Thus, if the 3rd world war starts, humanity is going to finish. So what we are now worried about is the 3rd world war and not future wars and since the previous POV admits that we will have wars it proves my proposition that wars cannot be stopped.
Furthermore, war can start by accident, we have piled up so many weapons that ultimately we may have to find some outlet and who knows the head of a State may turn mad and start a war.
There are so many trouble spots in the world such as Vietnam, Israel, Kashmir, Tibet, Afghanistan, Mexico, Crimea, Ukraine etc. etc. These can safely be compared to volcanoes and in case they erupt, war is bound to come.
I agree that war is evil and should be stopped but the fact is that it cannot be stopped and therefore it is a necessary evil.
These are seven different raw POVs that I can come up with, but if you want any conclusion:
Then what I believe is that WARs between humans can only be stopped when there is a war against humans which will decide the existence of humanity.