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War: What Is It Good For?

No nation would like to go into war if it could be avoided. Peace is highly valued and people love organized societies. Man is a rational being and as such would value peace by avoiding war at all costs. To most people, there is no good in war. Many people die in war and a lot of property is destroyed. This being the case what good can war bring? Contrary to the popular belief, war can sometimes be a good thing: it can be a means to an end. In the early 1900s, people believed that war was bad and agreed with Norma Angell when he said that the only way to achieve progress was by using an ideological approach. However, there has been a series of wars and the post war period has seen larger, organized, economically stable and peaceful nations emerge this was discussed in many essays about war that you can read by the link. This shows that war can actually be good which is the focus of this paper.

Some people flinch when the term war is mentioned. There is panic and fear amongst people and at all costs people would do anything to avoid going into war but war may at times be necessary. There is no fun in killing people in war and looting property. The moment a nation decides to go into war, it is usually to achieve a particular cause. This could be to protect its people from an enemy and maintain security on its boarders or to prevent an ill from happening. This is not to mean that the only solution to conflict is going into war! No and actually people who have known the effects of war treasure peace more.

War is a catalyst for change. People sacrifice their lives by going into war but this is what brings progress. After war, nations progress both economically and politically. This is evidenced by the great progress that the fields of medicine and technology have made in the face of war. In addition, it creates stronger and more organized societies. As a result of war people do not live in fear of one another but of the authorities that are above them which creates an organized society. The essence of authority is to quell violence using the same violence of the threat of violence.

If there was a better way of achieving peace and maintaining world order, then no one would result to war. Unfortunately, the fact is that is only through war that humans have been able to achieve this. If there was no terrorism threat and if there was no country dealing with the manufacture of nuclear weapons, then there would be no need of going into war. Unfortunately, people result to war to protect the world as well as the lives of people living in war torn countries.

Going into war means having an organized military ready to win the battle. The Veterans Day which most people think is a memorial day is meant to honor those who have served in war whether they are alive or dead. It is a day used to thank the military for their sacrifice in the service of the country. This is a day that reminds the nation that when war becomes necessary, there are men and women who will be ready to serve the nation to achieve its goal.

War is a necessary evil. Stronger and more organized nations have emerged as result war. If there was no intervention in form of war, the human race would have been wiped out during WWII. The only negative thing about war is that good people die. If war is fought within its confines, the world becomes a better place.

Syria’s Civil War: When it will Come to the End?

One of those million dollar questions? Definitely. Only that no one can dare guess the answer. With the UN showing increased signs of uselessness and allied countries taking individual decisions on involvement, the future for Syria is at best, bleak. Despite the involvement of the west, following the horrific chemical attack on rebel-held Douma, some factions argue that the important question is: how and when will the war end?

Simon Jenkins argues that only Assad’s victory over the rebels will end the Syrian conflict.

Some factions predict that the conflict will end when the Russians, Americans, and Iranians decide so. The complexity of the conflict and the groups involved shows a possible prolonged war. The Shia sub-sect is led by Assad, the Sunni by everyone else, and the Kurds are in between trying to find a place to call their own. There is no easy way to go about it.

When Assad will get the victory is an entirely different and difficult question altogether. It is comparable to building a community of people who can predict the future.

The complexity of the Syrian conflict

Assad is trying to survive, ISIS is trying to survive, and the various Syrian forces are motivated by justice and revenge.

Russia is striving to pay the piper after getting what it wanted –  a warm port in the Mediterranean.

Iran is motivated to keep its ally (Assad) in power. The Middle East states are doing their best to keep Iran in check and assert their power and influence. Turkey despises Assad and does not want the Kurdish to have an independent state.

The Americans want to Russians, Iran, and ISIS.

The whole scenario is a complete whirl around.

Exploring the options

The Syrian conflict will last for a while, but the end remains uncertain. The Rebels and ISIS are on the retreat from the Russian air attacks. But the lack of trust between warring factions complicates the situation even if the war was to end today. The implications for every intervention by outsiders have far-reaching aftermath.

The debate, like the war itself, has no strategic goals or objectives. The US is caught in the crossfire between ISIS, Assad, and Russia. Its decision to leave may have unwanted consequences on its pledge to fight global terrorism.

On the other hand, efforts to bring a ceasefire to pave room for negotiations for peace face challenges. Even if a peace deal was to be struck, how long it will last is a matter of concern to all parties.

The uniqueness of the Syrian war is that it is a civil conflict of ethno-sectarian stature. It is not an insurgency. It is not a rebellion. Such conflicts reflect and unleash powerful forces that constrain any interventions. They cannot be ignored or turned off.

Any chance of ending the war is dependent on numerous concerted efforts to deal directly with these forces.

The first of the dual approaches in which such wars end – victory by one side in a murderous fashion-  is unlikely. This leaves the second option – intervention by a third party with sufficient firepower to snuff out the fighting.

The second option, the most viable, faces limitation from restrictions by the UN. Moreover, intervening countries have fractious relationships defined by the differences in motivations.

An end to the Syrian conflict cannot be predicted. America, Russia, and other countries involved in Syria must be brought to the table to agree on the way forward – joint operations to stop the fighting between the warring factions in Syria. Only then can talks of when the war would end start to make meaning.