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If I as called up to fight a war tomorrow I would…

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If I as called up to fight a war tomorrow I would... If I was called up to fight a war tomorrow I would only fight if the war is a just war according to Sikhism's just war theory which is called 'Dharam Yudh', meaning war in the defence of righteousness. These rules are: The last resort - all other ways of resolving the conflict must be tried first. The motive must not be revenge or enmity. The army must not include mercenaries. The army must be disciplined. Only the minimum force needed for success should be used. Civilians must not be harmed. There must be no robbing, territory must not be captured, and property taken must be returned. ...read more.

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should not be damaged, and soldiers who surrender should not be harmed. Sikhs also believe that if a war is just it should be undertaken even if it cannot be won. Sikhs are also expected to take military action against oppression of any person or religon. Sikhs are also expected to defend themselves, other people of any faith and their religon. Guru Nanak wrote: 'No one is my enemy No one is a foreigner With all I am at peace God within us renders us Incapable of hate and prejudice.' This quote shows how Sikhism is a religon of peace. Guru Gobind Singh also wrote that violence and war was the last resort, but emphasised that if war was the only answer it had to be done. ...read more.

Conclusion

There is a right not to fight but if you do not fight you are not taking your responsibility. For example if you decide not to fight you are not taking up your responsibility and therefore you might not be able to stop future generations from suffering. So there becomes a conflict between rights and responsibility and there cannot be a right conclusion. I conclusion I would only fight if the war is a just war according to my religon so basically I would only fight in the right circumstances because if the war was not just according to my religon I would not fight because if I was to fight I would be disobeying my religon. Inderveer Singh Hothi 10H 10A ...read more.

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