The Problem of War

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By Terence T. Gorski,
Author

War has been a central focus in the evolution of human consciousness since the beginning of recorded history about 2,500 years ago. History of War

The problem of war recognizes that to surrender to armed tyranny can lead to loss of freedom and literal enslavement. The two key questions are:

1. Do you surrender to armed psychopaths and allow yourself and everyone you love to be enslaved; or

2. Do you actively fight back and try to defeat evil and expand individual rights and freedom.

“There will always be war and rumors of war.” ~ Mathew 24-6 Mathew 24-6

In World War II Poland was overrun by a German Blitzkrieg. The Polish Military was not strong enough to repel the invasion

Great Britain declared war against Germany when they were attacked. They resisted mightily but at great loss. Great Britain in WW II. The cause was again the superior military might of the Nazi military.

Denmark initially declared neutrality but was latter attacked and occupied by the Nazi Tyranny. As a small nation with only a small standing army, the military could not mobilize the reserves in time to attempt to repel the invaders. There was, however, a significant underground resistance movement. See: Denmark During WW II.

Sweden managed to maintain its neutrality during World War II. When the war began on September 1, 1939, the fate of Sweden was unclear. But by a combination of its geopolitical location in the Scandinavian Peninsula, successful realpolitik maneuvering during an unpredictable course of events, and a dedicated military build-up after 1942, Sweden managed to maintain its official neutrality throughout the war. See Sweden During WW II: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweden_during_World_War_II

If the USA had not entered the war when it did the whole world may be living under Nazi Tyranny. Many other European nations were destroyed and occupied by the Nazi Regime.

Here is the core problem: When an armed psychopath confronts an unarmed person of good will, the armed psychopath will win because they won’t hesitate to kill. Good people hesitate to use violence and try to minimize killing and wounding noncombatants.

The so-called civilized rules of war, are documented in the Geneva Conventions which are a series of treaties on the treatment of civilians, prisoners of war (POWs) and soldiers who are otherwise rendered hors de combat, or incapable of fighting.

“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for people of good will to do nothing.” ~ Edmund Burke

I call this the problem of war. I pray for peace but can see no solution to the problem of war.

War is meaningful to the leaders of the nation states involved in it. Both sides believe they are right and often both sides worship the same God and pray to the same God for victory.

War is also a driver of economic growth and most new technology developments were motivated as a result of preparing for, engaging, and rebuilding after wars.

If you study the history of the technology development you will find most most innovations are developed as an application of weapons of war to a peacetime economy. This includes the development of the nursing profession and ambulance services. Current advances in prosthetics would probably never had been developed had if not been for the large number of amputees coming home from war.

I pray for peace but have no knowledge of how to bring it about.

In my hippie days there was a question: “What would happen if they planned a war and nobody showed up to fight it.”

Are you a dreamer? Dream big! It takes no more energy to have a big dream than a small one.

The Beatles got a lot of things right in their lyrics. These lyrics from Imagine relates to Terry Gorski’s recent war post:

Imagine there’s no countries It isn’t hard to do

Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…
https://terrygorski.com/2015/01/02/the-problem-of-war/

Guy Lamunyon

I want to clarify several issues:

1. I do not intend to imply that everyone who has a willingness to do violence is a psychopath. It certainly is not true. People of good will stand firm in the face of violence. They never let the monsters win.

2. The Just War Doctrine defines the conditions where war is morally and socially sanctioned and even necessary.

3. War is organized violence between two nation states. With the dawn of widespread asymetrical warfare, where smaller groups snd organizations not affilliated with a specific nation-states, such as international terrorist organizations, can can make precise definitions of war more complicated.

4. I respect and admire our nation’s warfighters and realize the huge price they pay for protecting individual freedom and the nation that supports it.

5. Organized warfare is very different from mob violence. Mobs violence are disorganized, uncontrolled, and destructive. The group mind of the mob feeds on the violent frenzy and level of violence escalates.

6. You cannot reason with a mob. A mob has no order or or rules of engagement. Individual members of the mob get caught up in a contagious mob frenzy. The mob seeks targets and victims and will eventually turn on its own leaders and members if outside victims are no longer available.

7. I also want to acknowledge the great lengths the US military goes to to craft and adhere to rules of combat that minimize injury and death of noncombatants even when it puts extra constraints and risk on the warfighters.

8. Psychopaths do not make good warfighters because they are not team players and will not follow orders. They cause disruption in the functioning of teams and undermine the legitimate authority of the the chain of command. They lack empathy, are self-centered, and commit violence for pleasure or profit without the thought of the death and destruction that they inflict upon others. They fail to learn from experience. All of these characters go against the characteristics of professional or trained war fighters operating under a legitimately sanctioned chain of command.

“Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.” Douglas MacArthur

Lyrics From Imagine by John Lenin

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
No religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace

You may say
I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world

You may say
That I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

GORSKI BOOKS

6 Responses to The Problem of War

  1. Robert Taylor says:

    Good thoughts Terry. I’ll say this though, a willingness to do violence is not necessary an accurate divider between “good” and psychopath. Many people believe very strongly that violence will solve some problems especially the problem of the psychopath. Also individual violence is different than violence between nations or nations and non-state actors.

    Dave Grossman write about this in “On Sheep.”

    • Terry Gorski says:

      Robert Taylor: You are correct on all counts. I did not imtend to imply that everyone who has a willingness to do violence is a psychopath. It certainly is not true.

      The Just War Doctrine defines the conditions where war is morally and socially sanctioned and even necessary.

      War is organized violence between two nation states. With the dawn of widespread asymetrical warfare, where smaller groups snd organizations not affilliated with a specific nation such as international terrorist organizations, can can make precise definitions of war more complicated.

      I respect and admire our nation’s warfighters and realize the huge price they pay for protecting individual freedom and the nation that supports it.

      I want to add that orgamized warfare is very different from mob violence. Mob violence is disorganized, uncontrolled and destructive. The group mind of the mob feeds on the violent frenzy and level of violence escalates. You cannot reason with a mob. A mob has no order of conflict or rules of engagement. Individual members of the mob get caught up in a contagious mob frenzy. The mob seeks targets and victims and will eventually turn on its own members.

      Thanks for your thoughtful reply.

      I also want to acknowledge the great lengths the US military goes to to craft and adhere to rules of combat that minimize injury and death of noncombatants even when it put extra constraints on the warfighters.

      Psychopaths do not make good warfighters because they are not team players and will not follow orders. They cause disruption in the functioning of teams and undermine the legitimate authority of the the chain of command. They lack empathy, are self-centered, and commit violence for pleasure or profit without the thought of the death and destruction that they inflict upon others. They fail to learn from experience. All of these characters go against the characteristics of professional or trained war fighters operating under a legitimately sanctioned chain of command.

    • Terry Gorski says:

      Robert Taylor: I made some changes in this blog based upon your comment. Thank you.

      You made this blog better. Let me know what you think. I believe that this clarifies the areas that caused misundetstaning in the the previous version.

  2. Robert Taylor says:

    More good thoughts Terry.

    It’s complicateder 🙂 though. The Germans and Japanese thought they were right. If they had won WWII they would have been. ISiS believes their cause is just and that the U.S. is the immoral one. Nobody goes to war because they think they are the bad guy.

    Good warriors (as in skilled) may not be psychopaths but they certainly hav traits. I never went to a war zone thinking about the “American people”. I went because I was told to, because I was paid to and because it would be U fathomable to let my team and teammates down. It’s only before and after that patriotism matters.
    Losing is the only war crime. Coming home with my friends still sucking air is the only thing that matters. This is a common belief of the folks I worked with and called friend and now brother.

    And patriotism is overrated. I served an ungrateful nation which now thinks my retirement benefit is a hardship on the nation and that I deserve the “care” provided by the VA.

    Now I’m just whining. Happy New Year.

    • Terry Gorski says:

      Robert Taylor: You are not whining, you are informing by sharing your expetience and ideas. I aporeciate this post very much.

      I believe, as you do, that pateiotism us overrated and that govetnments stir up nations to go to war. War benifits the few and punishes and destroys the many. There are times, however, when people of good will need to draw thr line, choose sides and take a stand. When we do this I believe we should fight for the side we believe is best. I would always choose the USA over ISIS. I would always choose to fight in WW II with the USA and its allies not not for Hitler and the NAZI.

    • Terry Gorski says:

      Robert Taylor: What ypu are expressing is what I call thr problem of war. The leadership of nations stir citizens to agree to the organuzed violence of war. The warfighters are primarily fighting for the warriors on each side if them.
      Thank you for your insight and input. You have a lot to offer.

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