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How does war benefit human society?

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Andrew Pereira

on 16 March 2014

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Transcript of How does war benefit human society?

How does war affect humans and the community according to reason and emotion?

How do ways of knowing help us percieve war?
World War 2
Does reason help us understand the effects of war?
Does emotion help us understand the effects of war?
"Who Benefits From A War Between The United States And Syria?"

"If a full-blown war erupts between the United States and Syria, it will not be good for the United States, it will not be good for Israel, it will not be good for Syria, it will not be good for Iran and it will not be good for Hezbollah."
"The party that stands to benefit the most is Saudi Arabia, and they won't even be doing any of the fighting. They have been pouring billions of dollars into the conflict in Syria, but so far they have not been successful in their attempts to overthrow the Assad regime."
"There would be other winners from a U.S. war with Syria as well. For example, it is well-known that Qatar wants to run a natural gas pipeline out of the Persian Gulf, through Syria and into Europe."
"For the United States, there really is no good outcome in Syria. If we attack and Assad stays in power, that is a bad outcome for the United States."
"If we help overthrow the Assad regime, the rebels take control. But they would be even worse than Assad. They have pledged loyalty to al-Qaeda, and they are rabidly anti-American, rabidly anti-Israel and rabidly anti-western."
For the most part, war has both significant benefits as well as huge disadvantages.
Reason only really helps us understand the benefits to states of conflict, that mostly come in the long-term.
Emotion helps us perceive the immediate impacts of war in a deeper way, and understand it's effects on individuals instead of larger groups.
Using both ways of knowing however, we can also determine that maybe the negative consequences of war exist because of the way in which we conduct war.
We could also learn to find the benefits to society that come from being in a state of conflict, without actually being in or part of one itself.
War as a concept
War: A state of armed conflict between different countries or different groups within a country.
These can be fought for different reasons and purposes.
WWI and II were both fought to attempt to make future wars unnecessary.

Types of war seen recently
COLONIAL WARS - Mostly involve wars for independence.

CIVIL WARS - Involve an 'us' and 'them'. Can be divided by international or cultural boundaries, or different views and ideologies.

WORLD WARS - 35-40 million dead. Civilians targeted intentionally in
Hiroshima and London.

TRIBAL WARS - Driven by hate. The end goal is to simply wipe out the

COLD WAR - Smaller conflicts and struggles in Korea,
Afghanistan and Vietnam.
Technology is developed
Medical care and transportation can be developed further than what they were before the war.
Tactics and ideas are formed, that can save lives outside the conflict.
Information gathering and communication both become more efficient.
The economy benefits and can grow
Unemployed people can find work because of the war.
The country learns to work together to survive.
Society learns from experiencing a state of conflict
Countries learn to support and defend each other.
Diplomacy becomes more effective and useful as a result.
Based on war experiences, new ideologies
and systems can come into being that
can help society.
Lives are lost
Soldiers and non-combat personnel can both die in the field, leaving behind their families and children.
Genocides and massacres can easily take place.
Civilians can be targeted if a nation feels there is no other way to end a war.
The government can gain more power than is necessary
Men and women can be forced to fight for causes they don't believe in.
Drone strikes, assassinations and torture can be carried out without significant consequences.
Small arms and explosives as well as nuclear bombs and drone strikes can be developed to frightening levels.
These can affect people in the long-term as well due to radiation and other effects.
This leads to more people dying, in
addition to the environment and
wildlife being sometimes destroyed
as well.
Short-term consequences
Long-term effects
The United Nations was formed.
Japan went from being a defeated country to one of the world's top economies.
Europe has become much more stable.
Short-term consequences
Us soldiers killed.
Iraqi civilians killed.
Saddam Hussein removed from power and executed.

Long-term effects
General mistrust of and hostility towards US intentions in the Middle East.
Dysfunctional government established.
Country plunged into sectarian strife - civil war between Sunni muslims and Shia muslims.
Based on Jim Harvey's speech structures
What justifies going to war?
Within the framework of a 'just' war, a country goes to war only if it's attacked first.
As was the case for most of the 20th century, people might have to fight for their independence and basic human rights.
Once in a state of conflict, a country is meant to try and respond with only equal measure.
Genocides, massacres, or any attempt to kill civilians is not permitted.
Most of the wars fought recently don't seem very just.
The 'War on Terror' as well as the civil war in Syria
have resulted in as many civilian deaths, if not
more, than those of combatants fighting.
Destructive weapons are developed than can kill on massive scales
+30 million dead.
Japan, Russia, Germany and Poland all left in states of destruction.
Revolutions begin in certain colonies like India.
Reason and emotion are the two most common ways of knowing when discussing war.
Reason focuses more on long-terms consequences, and how nations may be affected decades after the war, looking at how a country's society, economy, and culture might possibly change for the better after a war or conflict.
When using emotion to look at war, people tend to focus on the damage that has occurred, the lives lost, and the families that get torn apart or killed.
Snyder, Michael. "Who Benefits From A War Between The United States And Syria?" The Economic Collapse. Atahualpa, 30 Aug. 2013. Web. 05 Nov. 2013. <http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/who-benefits-from-a-war-between-the-united-states-and-syria>.
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