Sunday, December 17, 2006

On the Nature of Warfare

On the Nature of Warfare: And hence, I say, the nature of warfare is always aggressive and never inevitable! The great destruction caused by war serves as a large hindrance to human progress. Kant referred to war as "the greatest obstacle to morality." Even though some good things may arise from the rubble, warfare as a whole can be characterized as an unwarranted evil caused by the competitive nature of mankind. Nietzsche held that it was natural for man to compare, compete, conquer, and destroy; yet he meant that in a scholarly, albeit aphoristic, fashion. And thus, competition is a necessary component of the human 'will to power,' but it certainly does not have to manifest itself in the form of a combative war. There are others way to conquer people. Why not engage in an intellectual war? Debate and discourse appear to be rather virtuous endeavors in the sense that they benefit both the winners and losers in the end. In short, wars are necessarily a product of human actions, which naturally stem from human ambitions. Still, man must learn to live in structural anarchy and let diplomacy conduct the pursuit of a country's national interests.

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