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Hibernate's avatar

Do you agree with the statement: "the biggest fuss in the making of man's history is the notion that war are fought to save civilization"?

Asked by Hibernate (9050points) September 25th, 2011

I know some questions were asked in the past regarding this subject though I’d like to know your point of view.

If you don’t agree care to explain why?

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thorninmud's avatar

Honestly, I don’t think the “save civilization” rationale has been invoked nearly as often as the “God wants us to snuff those bastards” rationale.

lloydbird's avatar

I agree. The fact is that most, if not all wars are initiated by and fought for the material benefit of a profiteering elite. And also for the benefit of those materially dependent on arms industries.
It’s true that the lower echelons of combatants, and the wider gullible and naive public are spoon fed the fighting to save a civilization line by a compliant and complicit media, but when the dust settles, you can usually trace a line directly to a profit motive.

Cruiser's avatar

No….civilization is alive and well all around the world….wars are fought to improve civilization and the bank accounts of the ruling elite.

Blackberry's avatar

Yep, and I think more people realized this after that damn Iraq invasion.

DrBill's avatar

War never proves who is right,
they only prove who is left.

wundayatta's avatar

Wars are not fought to save civilization in general. They are fought to save the civilization of a specific group of people.

GracieT's avatar

@wundayatta, to save the civilization? There are often wars fought to save civilizations, true, but in many cases wouldn’t you say that some wars are fought to eradicate or assimilate civilizations, not to save them? To civilizations of the ones being attacked, but would you call what the agressor is seeking an attempt to save their civilization?

wundayatta's avatar

I think that most countries or peoples justify the war, even when an aggressor, by saying that the other people is a danger of some kind. Thus they must fight the other nation in order to save civilization as they know it.

We can look at it from outside and say they are endangering the other civilization. However, I think the view from the inside will be very different.

Hibernate's avatar

Thanks for replies ^^

gr8teful's avatar

Yes I do agree, but the question is . why are some Countries more likely to engage in conflicts and wars than others?The USA is seen as a peaceful Nation but it intervenes in many other Countries conflicts,same with the UK.Then there are Countries mainly Scandinavian, who are peaceful nations . who rarely intervene in other Countries conflicts.Then there are Countries who seem to be constantly having conflicts and wars.So why is this?

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