War is terrible.
It's ugly, violent, cruel, and it ruins or interferes with the lives of almost everyone involved. That being said, if you're faced with the threat of non-existence, you would choose an ugly, violent, cruel, life-ruining chance to survive.
Ask the southern slaves in the US in the 19th century
Any citizen from a European country in the 1930's
The Israelis during any of their many conflicts with their neighbors
The non combatants stuck in civil war in Africa
I'm sure these people can give very good reasons as to why war may be right, as well as millions of others over the course of history.
This doesn't just apply if you nation is under attack from another nation of invaded by one. This also applies to rather you defend human rights like stopping a genocide. A pacifist would let Hitler get away with the holocaust because non violence doesn't work against dictators. Was there a ghandi in Nazi Germany and if there ever was what impact did he have.
Humans are lover of extremities; war is therefore often an continuation of politics by other means. What is just? Something that is just is correct/moral. Albeit the conduct of war is never moral, war in itself can be moral; how so?
For war to be moral, several conditions are to be placed upon the aggressor. Are the citizens of your country, or would be citizens, endangered as of the current status quo? If yes, then a war must be waged. Are there lands that unrightfully belongs to other nations, but in reality belongs to you? If the answer is yes, then war can be just.
But if this were pure imperialism, then war is never just
Sometimes war can bring peace. If you have enemies that don't fear you they will keep attacking you. If you go to war with them and show that you will not tolerate them attacking you they will stop and you will have peace. Look at the history of many countries that if it wasn't for war there would not be peace now.
It is often better to wage war than be destroyed. When faced with a tyrannical and opressive ruler, it is often nessacary to wage war. When attacked by extreme terrorists, fighting back may be a good choice. When invaded be foriengers, fight back may be wise. In short, there are many times when war is just.
Basically, without war - or most conflicts for that matter - we wouldn't be able to distinguish what peace is. It's about contrast in context. I'm not saying humans are incapable of figuring it out eventually, but wars have a tendency to crystallize 'what life is currently not and what it could later be like'. It sometimes pressures us to find unlikely alliances and tear down inhibitions, as well as an increase in technological and scientific advances.
It might be easy for anyone who never been in a war to think that war might be right, but our lack of experience in this case is what allows us to look at it from a practical point of view, and not one filled visceral hatred towards an enemy.
If someone has threatened or hurt your country you should have a right to fight back, shouldn't you? You should want to get revenge, shouldn't you?What if we just let Hitler do his thing and kill loads of jews? What if we didn't fight back, so many more people would of died.
War is not something falls under right and wrong. There are simply two ideologies in conflict and that conflict leads to massive herd violence between the two opposing groups or schools of thought. Both sides of all wars are "Just" unto themselves which in turn defeats the purpose of even attempting to discern whether such a thing exists.
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Ask any soldier that's been in combat and they will tell you war is wrong. War is the most unnatural thing to happen on this earth.
We'd be freaking out if we saw ducks going to war. But I suppose all of the yes people would tell them, "Yea! Go on ducks, you have no other choice. It's not like you can talk it out or anything. This duck war will bring peace. Those opposing ducks stole your bread crumbs and now they must die. FOR FREEEEEDOOOOOMMMMM!!!!!"
See how silly that looks? But no, we're special right? We have fire and concrete jungles so it's okay for us to rape and murder each other on mass scale every once and awhile because that's how real men solve their problems. Give me a break.
If you want a war then you'd better sign up for the military and fight in it. Otherwise, you don't really want a war.
Don't get me wrong, I love war. Bloodshed, struggle for power, and general suffering all around. However, I would never say that war is ever right. War is the option people choose when they are too stubborn or lazy to use words. They fight without the slightest care for the men, women, and children they sacrifice for their bloody sport. People starve, freeze, or sicken and die. War is the ultimate declaration of hatred and scorn for another person, country, or people. It is the epitome of human nature. Those in power demanding a fight, those without power being forced to fight that fight, and countless innocents lost during that fight.
I love war, yes. The idea of such brutality and slaughter makes me grin, but I would never be so foolish as to call it 'right'.
Unfortunately, conflict and chaos are a very real and needed element in life. If we were in a perfect world, a beaten adversary would realize their wrongs and accept defeat, but that is NEVER the definite outcome. Wars can be fought for any reason, and there is always at least two sides. It can be argued "fighting now could save more lives later" and yet at the present innocent will be killed to ensure they wouldn't have died later. It's simply a circle of conflict that will never truly end. Therefore, I believe war is never a "correct" option, but rather an inevitable conclusion to many conflicts in the world. I also use the word "conclusion" loosely.