In every aspect of life, there tends to be a desire to have others see things from our own perspective. If this would be the case, then, in theory, we would all share the same views and opinions about basic values, uniting for common goals and building stronger economies and a more united human world instead of waging war. But, this is not the case and as such, our differences in wants and needs, political inclinations of self-serving leaders, and mutual disrespect has always been the bane of all wars.
Why War When We Can Wage Peace?
We have spent fortunes building military industrial estates, the human race has grown intellectually enough to build unmanned aircrafts and launch submarine rockets. We have been able to surpass our limitations and with the ever-evolving technology we have developed mind-blowing arsenals and high-tech nuclear weaponry to its peak, but for what reason? We have developed our capacity for war so immensely and are unrelenting in our quest for even more sophisticated weaponry, which leaves one to wonder if war is really that fun to have engineered our love for its tools. We seem not to learn from our past mistakes, from the debilitating outcome of wars which still lingers on to this day.
From first-hand experiences of witnessing wars since a very young age, as a kid, my heart bled for the bloodshed, civilian casualties, starvation, and feeling of fear for helpless civilians. I could never understand the actual reasons, or cause, of any war. It remains noteworthy that we can rebuild broken walls, mend relationships and recreate our cities from the spoils of war, but we will never be able to resuscitate lost innocent lives. Great minds who could probably have lived to bring more development and unity to the world than the supposedly uniting institutions of the world. *Cough* UN *Cough*
Civilians and the Brunt of War
Our knowledge of the tremendous human toll of wars such as Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan have left little to the imagination of the extent of man’s inhumanity to its kin. Reports have it that as of March 2015, approximately 210,000 civilians have been lost in the past few wars. These are wars we could have avoided in the first place, albeit staunch inclination to inhumane interests. But we have to bear in mind that the weakness in strength is not a weakness in intellect. Nations like India, Indonesia, and Malaysia are vibrantly growing economies today not because of a world power status but having peace reign supreme and a well-thought vision of securing a self-reliant nation. Economic goals and development wouldn’t be on the forefront for these countries if they were war-torn.
Propaganda remains an unrivaled war advocate and has changed tremendously over the last decades in the forms it takes. A situation that has been long-running and unending, the core goal for propaganda is in garnering consent behind the belief that what is being done is in the best interest of everyone. For this to be accomplished, the enemy must be dehumanized by some set of principles, which are pitiably not used to judge itself. This invariably leads to questions regarding the double standard policies and hypocritical positions of nations. Moving ahead with foreign policies and uniting the world will take a conscious effort to quash these awful tendencies by some of our world’s nations.
The Military-Industrial Complex
A rather recently coined term, the military-industrial complex has grown and waxed stronger over decades. It is understandable that some countries make an overwhelming gain, becoming wealthier with every dropped bomb and every jet shot out of the sky. Today, tanks, helicopters, missiles, fighter jets, landmines, machine guns, mortars, bullets, guns, grenades have become common tools of unabated murder. The world is more and more in possession of instruments of death than it ever was since the dawn of man, and of course, companies involved in the production of these weapons will give their approval for war in order to have their share of the gains. It is everyone’s responsibility to evaluate if we really need an unprecedented artillery for war or an unprecedented peace between the nations of the world.
Make Love, Not War
It seems that the further we march toward technological advancement, the farther we let our intelligence welcome the fact that the world needs more peace than wealth, more prosperity than superiority and more mutual respect than mutual propaganda. Indeed, we are all humans, but how many actual humane humans are left on this planet?
We need peace, not war.
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