Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 4 (4 Shares)  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites View Stats   13 comments

OpEdNews Op Eds

All War is a Crime and There are No "Good Wars"

      (Page 1 of 2 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (more...) ; , Add Tags  (less...) Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H2 4/12/09

- Advertisement -


All beings tremble before danger, all fear death. When a man considers this, he does not kill or cause to kill.
All beings fear before danger, life is dear to all. When a man considers this, he does not kill or cause to kill.

-The Buddha--
Dhammapada 54

Image via Wikipedia

By Grant Lawrence


It is strange how humanity has been conditioned to accept the idea that there are only certain acts of war that are criminal. When in fact, the act of war is itself is a crime.


Now some may argue that there are good wars and therefore it is important that we accept the term "war crime" to acknowledge the claim that certain acts of state sponsored killing are needed and other acts are too horrific. They usually point to World War 2 as being a good war because ultimately it brought down that mad man Hitler.


The "good war" argument has been used to justify the killing and maiming of tens of millions of people since World War 2. The good war paradigm has brought us the Cold War, the Korean War, Vietnam, the endless wars south of our border, the Gulf War, the Iraq War, and the War in Afghanistan. The good war argument is also used around the world to justify the mass killing of people for the sake of humanity.

But war is inhumane and that is all there is to it. Now the fact that a government sanctions the killing of millions doesn't make it a good war.
- Advertisement -


But what about World War 2, wasn't that a necessary war?


In the case of Germany, the war didn't just spring from a mad man's mind. But it had it
roots in another event of economic "disaster capitalism" called the Great Depression and a punitive Treaty of Versailles leveled against the Germans by the Allied powers. It is not too surprising that a suffering German people would lose their heads and abandon humane principles in an effort to find a solution. Still Hitler never had more than 37% of support among the German people in honest elections. The real support that Hitler had came from corporations in Germany and around the world. Germany was a monster created from disaster capitalism and the leaders of that system. When we look at the rise of fascism in Italy we see similar forces at work.

But what about the Japanese and their attack on Pearl Harbor?


Japan was a colonial power and that was something it learned from Europe. Still, even after a US steel and oil embargo that was crippling the island:


.... Prime Minister Konoye called in Ambassador Joseph Grew and secretly offered to meet FDR in Juneau or anywhere in the Pacific. According to Grew, Konoye was willing to give up Indochina and China, except a buffer region in the north to protect her from Stalin, in return for the U.S. brokering a peace with China and opening up the oil pipeline. Konoye told Grew that Emperor Hirohito knew of his initiative and was ready to give the order for Japan's retreat.

Fearful of a "second Munich," America spurned the offer. Konoye fell from power and was replaced by Hideki Tojo. Still, war was not inevitable. U.S. diplomats prepared to offer Japan a "modus vivendi." If Japan withdrew from southern Indochina, the United States would partially lift the oil embargo. But Chiang Kai-shek became "hysterical," and his American adviser, one Owen Lattimore, intervened to abort the proposal....From t he American Cause, Founder Patrick Buchanon

- Advertisement -

So Japan chose to attack the United States rather than face a brutal economic end to empire from a US oil embargo.

As we can see, if we decide to look with open eyes, wars don't just arise from nothing or even the mind of a mad man. Even if we examine supposedly good wars, we see that they arise from acts of injustice, dehumanization, and intransigence from all sides. Wars have roots and if we were to strike at the roots we could avoid even supposedly "good wars."

The truth about war is much as the Nazi General Hermann Goering declared it.

Next Page  1  |  2

 

I am a progressive.


Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon


Go To Commenting

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -
Google Content Matches:

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Death Panels Already Exist, They are Called Corporate Health Insurance Bureaucrats

The Most Important Development of the 20th Century: "The Coming of Buddhism to the West"

Whatever Happened to Nazi Synthetic Gas and Oil Technology? Scarcity Scams Examined

Why I Appreciate Atheists

American Southwest Geoglyphs--a Message to Ancient UFO Visitors?

Hannity's Hoaxes: The Uncharitable Scamming of the Gullible

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
7 people are discussing this page, with 13 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

I stay out of everyone's wars upon the earth.&... by shadow dancer on Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 at 1:10:48 PM
All is well with me. Thanks Shadow Dancer. A happ... by Grant Lawrence on Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 at 2:46:46 PM
but Jesus laid out a whole lot of prophecy, too, G... by shadow dancer on Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 at 4:10:39 PM
I was just listening to an episode of The Joan Ken... by Tinky Winky on Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 at 7:47:49 PM
Tinky, That link didn't go through but here is th... by Grant Lawrence on Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 at 8:59:31 PM
Tinky, I listened to that and it is really a prof... by Grant Lawrence on Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 at 9:37:52 PM
The UN Charter supports defensive wars fought by m... by Jason Paz on Monday, Apr 13, 2009 at 12:22:17 AM
You are lecturing Bhddah Paz? Have you ever hea... by William Whitten on Monday, Apr 13, 2009 at 1:34:57 PM
Did you ever think of raising your game beyond the... by Jason Paz on Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 3:59:25 AM
Did you ever think of raising your game beyond the... by Jason Paz on Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 4:01:18 AM
Military tactics before World War had failed to ke... by William Lagadyn on Monday, Apr 13, 2009 at 7:52:06 AM
"War is a racket"--Gen Smedley ButlerOnl... by William Whitten on Monday, Apr 13, 2009 at 1:39:35 PM
Help me to understand that "war is a crime&qu... by Jim Arnold on Friday, Apr 17, 2009 at 8:11:25 AM

 

Tell a Friend: Tell A Friend


Copyright © 2002-2016, OpEdNews

Powered by Populum