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Can War Be Justified?

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AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991

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Can War Be Justified?

War inevitably brings death, destruction and suffering, which both ruin lives and nations. Using religious guidance, ethical theories and general arguments, I will decide for myself whether or not war can be justified.

The most unjustifiable consequence of war is the loss of innocent civilians' lives. Civilians, who could have lived to make a huge impact on the world, pose no direct threat to the 'enemy' and might not even share the motives of the side they have been presumed to support. War eradicates hopes and dreams of millions, destroys homelands, frightens and oppresses people. Nothing that, in the end, brings more bad than it does good can be justified.

Going to war in the name of peace cannot be justified - it is a complete contradiction: It is using violent means to achieve the very concept of non-violence.

If you force soldiers to follow orders and kill mercilessly in wars you destroy their natural instincts of compassion and their ability to think and act freely, creating mere tools for warlords. Nobody has the right to kill the spirit of an individual. War can destroy the

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