I Am Anti-War
War, what is it good for? I feel war, is good for absolutely nothing at all. What is the value of a life? Why do some feel that war is acceptable? Is war part of our biological make up? Could we seek out an alternative to war? These are some of the questions that are asked when it comes to the controversy surrounding war. There are differing opinions and views as well, from the pro-war, too the activists against war, the political, and the philosophy of war. No matter how you look at it though, I believe that we can find a better way. I think we have come far enough along in the evolutionary scale that we could settle our differences better than acting like animals, fighting and killing over territory. I read some of the political views from the political scientists Paul Seabury and Angelo Codevilla in their book, War. Some of the political views just make me hate politics even more, because I don’t feel that they make any sense at all. Seabury and Codevilla talk about political warfare, saying “propaganda, agents of influence, sabotage, coups de main, and supports for insurgents—are not acts of war in the same sense that armies crashing across borders or airplanes dropping bombs are acts of war. They are in fact war whether done in pursuit of victory during war or during unbloody conflicts as serious as war. If these political tools are not used seriously, they are not acts of war. But then again, politically unserious bombings and invasions are not acts of war either.” How can people think that this makes any sense at all? I don’t know if I have ever seen a bombing that wasn’t serious. An invasion is a pretty serious matter as well. Is this a way to ease the minds of the people who decide to invade? Try telling the families that have lost loved ones in the evasion of Iraq. I guarantee they will take it pretty serious. But I guess this is ok because politicians called it the “The War on Terror” a war for "American justice" and "American freedom". The wars begun in 2001 have been tremendously painful for millions of people in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, and the United States, and economically costly as well. Each additional month and year of war will add to that toll. Moreover, the human costs of these conflicts will reverberate for years to come in each of those four countries. There is no turning the page on the wars with the end of hostilities, and there is even more need as a result to understand what those wars’ consequences are and will be. While most Americans have seen the brief stories of people who died in uniform in Iraq and Afghanistan, the true impact of their deaths can escape anyone not personally involved as a family member or friend of the over 6,600 dead. The lost potential of a life not lived and this large new community of bereaved parents, spouses, children, siblings, and close friends are the main painful homefront legacy of these wars. Moreover, although the military suicide rate has historically been quite low, it has climbed steadily since the 2003 invasion and reached 349 deaths in 2012, exceeding the civilian rate. Most of the public are aware, at least, of the approximate number of US troops who have died, but even here the human cost of the wars to US and coalition forces extends well beyond them. Large numbers of private contractors working for the US military in those war zones have also died providing oil transport, food services, and other logistical and security support to the troops. Following the official withdrawal of US troops from Iraq in December 2011, a host of contractors and US State Department and other government agency employees remain in the country. In January 2012, the United States Embassy had hired 5,000 contractors to protect its 11,000 employees, and to train Iraqi troops to use United States weapons systems and equipment. By the end of September 2012, there were 13,500 contractors working in Iraq for the Pentagon and the Department of...
Is war inevitable? It appears that the answer to this question is yes. However, war is unpredictable and must be studied based on individual circumstances, actions taken, and reactions. States disagree with each other on many subjects and conflicts arise often. To answer this question, we must first examine the causes of a conflict, evaluate the outcome and determine any alternatives that may exist. Then we can analyze some alternative theoretical outcomes compared to the actual conclusions. The Peloponnesian War provides an excellent example to be evaluated. The following gives a brief history of the war, causes of the war, and the importance of its study.
In the case of the Peloponnesian War, we have two equal but different powers in control of Greece and the surrounding area. Athens and Sparta as allies gained independence from the Persians in 480 BC. Athens with a democratic rule expanded by using the surrounding waterways for trade and developing a great navy. Sparta with an oligarchic rule settled in by developing a thriving agriculture community and a land based army. Civil war occurs in Epidamnus with two sides, democratic and oligarchic. The democrats requested assistance from Athens. If Athens chooses to get involved, she breaks the truce with Sparta. If she does not, the balance of power leans towards Sparta and...
...Why did the US lose the war in Vietnam?
When the year 1973 came around, the most powerful economic and military force America, were being forced to come to terms with the fact that they had suffered defeat in their war in Vietnam. Despite the vast gulf in financial and military prowess which swung in favour of the Americans, 57,000 of their troops1 had lost their lives or were missing in action2, in a defeat so unanimous that the American armed forces today, use Vietnam as their key example on how not to engage in warfare. The sixteen year period between 1959 to 1975 in which the war took place, is described by the majority, as a prolonged struggle and a war America had no way of winning. ‘However the defeat of a military and industrial superpower, by a small south-east Asian country is no everyday occurrence3’, and that is why throughout this essay I will be discussing a variety of reasons, as to why America lost the war in Vietnam and stating what I personally felt the most pivotal reason was.
The view of Historians whose expertise lay in Vietnam, such as George C. Herring and Stanley Karnow correlate with the contempary view of Robert S. Mcnamara that the Vietnam defeat was a tragic misadventure that could have been avoided had American leaders only been wiser4. With hindsight, I find myself agreeing with this point as an overview. However historians such...
...Thousands of people are affected by the abuse of drugs each day. Very few people know the dangers of taking drugs. Many of the abusers are in their teens. They are addicted and can not stop.
Why would people take drugs in the first place? Some people feel pressured into drugs because of their surroundings. Their fellow peers push the person into choices that they might not be ready for. This is known as peer pressure.
The other reason to do drugs is because the popular people do it. Teenagers think the only way that they can fit in is to do drugs. People also do drugs because it can give them a happy, tingling feeling. Drugs make people feel good about themselves. It makes them feel happy and giggly.
But little do these people know about the dangers of doing drugs. Drugs can kill brain cells if the drug is not properly used. It affects many of a persons internal organs. Doing drugs could lead to cancer and even death.
Drugs also change a persons emotions. All of a sudden a person could get snappy and hurt many of their loved ones. A person who would usually be happy and perky would suddenly feel depressed and tired.
A student who takes drugs could see a drop in their grades. The person could have been too tired to study for an upcoming test. The drugs affect the brain and make it hard for people to concentrate on their work.
There are many different kinds of drugs that can be addicting. One is a prescription drug. Prescription drugs are...
...Why is inflation bad?
What is inflation?
Inflation is a process of continuous increase in the prices of most goods and services in a country. This does not necessarily mean that all prices increase. There may be some exceptions, such as computer prices which have actually declined in recent years. Inflation can therefore be described as a persistent general increase in prices.
How inflation is measured
Inflation is measured by defining a basket of goods and services used by a "typical" consumer and then keeping track of the cost of that basket. In the twelve months up to January 1997, the cost of that basket rose by 9,4 per cent. This increase of 9,4 per cent in the so-called consumer price index is referred to as the inflation rate. From 1974 to 1992 the South African inflation rate has ranged between 10 and 20 per cent. It has been brought down to less than 10 per cent per annum since 1993.
Why is inflation bad?
Inflation is regarded as a bad process because it leads to distortions and problems in an economy. A short list of the key disadvantages of inflation includes the following:
Losses to savers: If you save your money by hoarding cash, inflation erodes the purchasing power of the amount saved. For instance, R100 put underneath a mattress ten years ago can now purchase only one third of the goods and services that it could have done in 1987. Even if you save in the form of savings deposits...
...In today’s society there are many “personal choices” we make that we feel only affect us. But in reality we are hurting our society by the actions we do. One of the ways is driving an SUV. (Sport Utility Vehicle) It might be big, can haul a lot of stuff and make you feel safer on the road, but in reality, it’s bad for the environment, bad on the economy, and can cause accidents which put others at risk.
The American people are so dependent on oil that the supply and demand increases the cost every time at the pump. If people are willing to pay the four dollars a gallon, then the stores will charge it. The less fuel efficient your car is, the more you are going to the pump. The Hummer H2 for example, gets 12.3 miles per gallon. There are no rules right now but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will require better mileage by 2011. The H2 will have to increase its mpg to 22.3. Still that is very low considering most compact cars minimal is 27.5. Ron DeFore, a spokesman for the sport-utility vehicle Owners of America, a non-profit consumer group, questioned whether the rules were needed given high gas prices. He says he fears the standards will lead to higher vehicle prices, reduced performance and fewer options such as V-8 engines and four-wheel drive. The Transportation Department says the rules will save nearly 11 billion gallons of fuel — including 2 billion from the largest SUVs alone. "Fighting America's oil...
...Advancing Science without Harming Animals
Animals have been used repeatedly throughout the history of biomedical research. Early Greek physician-scientist, Aristotle (384 – 322 BC) performed experiments on living animals . Just as the legendary Greek physician Galen (199 – 217 AD) performed experiments on animals, which led to advancements in the understanding of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and pharmacology . Likewise, the twelfth century Arab physician Ibn Zuhr introduced animal testing as an experimental method for testing surgical procedures before applying them to human patients .
In recent years, the use on animals for biomedical research has become a topic of criticism and debate because of the claim, “animals are necessary for biomedical research” which is unsupported by scientific literature . In response to this debate is the growing awareness of the limitations of animal research and its incapability to make accurate predictions about human health . Crystal Miller-Spiegel from aavs.org reported that in modern science, most researchers have begun to “induce into nonhuman animals virtually any conceivable human disease that exists, many of which do not even naturally occur in the species of animals being used.”
Researchers genetically mutilate animals by deleting, inserting or inactivating the function of genes, as well as physically, chemically, and/or biologically altering the animals to cause or mimic diseases. Researchers in Texas...
...cleaner, more natural, and will not have to look down upon young athletes who use steroids, even though the professional athletes themselves cause it.
Every young child dreams of becoming a professional athlete and “It’s not hard to see why many kids grow up idolizing athletes. Some sports stars may deny they are role models for a younger generation, but a new study suggests quite the contrary.” (Stenson) 57% of kid’s middle school thorough high school said pro athletes influenced their decision to take anabolic steroids. (Stenson) As much as young athletes know it is bad for them, they continue to use them. Young athletes know the affects and punishments of steroid usage, but even worse, they know how it can improve their game. They watch sports and they pay attention to stats. Then when they find out a guy who hit 60 homeruns uses steroids and he receives a small suspension they know that the punishment for becoming better is not that severe. 57% said that even if it shortened their lives, they would take a pill or powder. (Stenson) So what’s wrong with this picture? Kids are putting performance before health and it is all because of professional athletes. Kids aren’t going to listen to Mark McGuire when he talks about how steroids are bad for you after he just hit 60 homeruns. Its not rocket science, athletes know kids follow in their footsteps and in order to keep the younger generations safe, the steroid usage and...
Wars are happening when conflict carried on my force of arms, as between nations or between parties within a nation, warfare, as by land, sea, or air. Wars will cause a lot of people dead, building damaged and make the people in suffer. Business is happening when an organization provides good or services to exchange for one another or for money. Business has a close relationship with the wars. If the wars occur, the businesses will has a huge affected. It can make a business make huge profit or huge loss. So, when wars occur, it is bad for business.
Wars make a lot of business are in trouble. Wars can cause the economy down, inflation occur, living standard down, high unemployment and a lot of negative effect. The images of the country also affected and make the investor from other country affraid to make investment. Wars are bad for business so we need always encourage making a peace and beautiful world. We need always keep the close relationship with other country and always cooperate with other country to make our country more improvement in business. Wars are bad for business, so we need prevent wars happening in our country.
Wars is widely linked to economics effect. The Culf was of 1991 demonstrated the wars can actually be...