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"People who refuse to fight are cowards" Do you agree? Give arguments for and against this statement and show that you have thought of different points of view. Refer to Christianity in your answer.

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"People who refuse to fight are cowards" Do you agree? Give arguments for and against this statement and show that you have thought of different points of view. Refer to Christianity in your answer. With so many wars happening in this century it's difficult to tell who the real cowards are. Many people go to war and fight to protect their country, for a feeling of pride and to feel that they have done their bit to save the lives of others. However many people choose not to fight. They can see that in the long run many problems can occur. They might have to destroy the life of another human being; they could be faced with a disability or even death. Also, people who feel that fighting in a war is morally wrong are called conscientious objectors. In this essay I will examine which choice, if any, is the cowardly choice. ...read more.

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However, these are the people seen as the cowards. They are called names and not only mentally, but physically abused by the rest of society. They also get depression, but not from what they have done, through guilt of what they could have done, but didn't. They sit at home worrying about friends and relatives who have gone to fight, not knowing whether they are still alive or not. These people need the courage to carry on with their own lives, and to try not and worry themselves too much about their loved ones. The bible gives mixed feelings towards war. Two passages I have found that appear to encourage fighting in wars are Joel 3:9-21, which basically states that you should prepare to fight and to turn you harvesting tools into weapons " beat your ploughshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears" and Deuteronomy 7:22-24. ...read more.

Conclusion

Nevertheless, those who choose not to fight also need courage to stand up for what they believe is morally right. These are the people who are manning the munitions factories, producing the rounds and missiles that the soldiers fire. These are the people who fly into highly dangerous situations to carry out medevaks on wounded soldier. These are the people who endure torture from society and get called wimps. In my opinion, those who say conscientious objectors have no courage, these are the real cowards. They don't have what it takes to stand up for what they believe. They are sheep, and don't have their own opinions, just follow the crowd. We must always honour and respect soldiers who have fought, and sometimes lost their lives, as they have stood up for their country and done their bit. No matter how someone reacts to the call of war, we must value their opinion and not discriminate them for what they believe. Amie Derricott Miss MacAteer Page 1 of 2 ...read more.

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