Is the War on Terrorism valid?

During this weeks lecture, Professor Izenberg said that war was a conflict in which people were asked to kill and die for principles. Even today, this is true about war. Family members and friends are sometimes taken from us due to these wars going on beyond our oceans. Professor Izenberg also brought up a very good point about war which was, are the reasons for fighting valid? For example, was it valid that the warriors of Troy were away from their homes and family for nine years because Paris decided to steal Helen away from Menelaus? In my opinion, this was not a valid reason. So how about the wars going on now, is there a valid reason for putting our soldiers’ lives at risk in the Middle East?

On the horrible day of September 11, 2001 when many American lives were lost due to a terrorist attack, the United States decided to go to war with the Middle East. In my opinion, this was a valid reason to go to war. Yet, there have been many rumors that the United States planned this tragic event. They say that in order to get into the Middle East and get oil, the United States allowed 9/11 to happen. If this rumor is true, then I believe we have absolutely no reason for losing many of our brave men to a war that was basically planned.

Nonetheless, if this war started off on retaliation, then why are our soldiers still dying in war? Osama Bin Laden was killed, which was our main priority. The United States should make sure they bring as many Americans back home as safely as they can.

In an article I read written by Michael Totten, he says, “American voters in both parties have had it. They’re just flat-out not interested in spending any more money or lives to help out.” Totten is correct, this war has gone on too long. It is said that this is the longest amount of time that United States has been in a state of war. It is also said that the United States is at war with 134 different countries. Perhaps the government has prolonged this war to get their oil. If that is so, the United States no longer has any valid reasons of fighting in the Middle East.

Just like in the Iliad, America is in a prolonged war for invalid reasons killing many innocent soldiers.

This picture shows events that occurred since 9/11. The top left image shows the aftermath of the plane crashes on the twin towers. The top right picture shows soldiers arriving at Afghanistan, and the bottom two show soldier fighting and dyeing. Although it is not certain, but this may all be happening for one reason, gas.

This picture shows events that occurred since 9/11. The top left image shows the aftermath of the plane crashes at the World Trade Center in New York. The top right picture shows soldiers arriving at Afghanistan, and the bottom two show soldiers fighting and dyeing. Although it is not certain, this may all be happening for one reason, oil.

1 Homer, Robert Fagles, and Bernard Knox. The Iliad. New York, NY, U.S.A.: Viking, 1990. Print.

2 Totten, Michael J. “No Exit: Why the US Can’t Leave the Middle East.” World Affairs. 1 Dec. 2013. Web. 19 Oct. 2014. <http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/article/no-exit-why-us-can’t-leave-middle-east>.

3 McGrath, Timothy. “The US Is Now Involved In 134 Wars.” MintPress News. 22 Sept. 2014. Web. 19 Oct. 2014. <http://www.mintpressnews.com/us-now-involved-134-wars/196846/>.

A Tragic Necessity

Many people believe that war is an evil act that should be avoided as much as possible. War is seen as a desperate time in which many suffer and die fighting for something they may not even fully understand or actually believe in. Some soldiers may go to war just to be heroic and earn that honor, others may find no other meaning for their life, while few may actually want to fight because it is what they believe in.

In my opinion, war is necessary, but it is also not something we should look forward too. Since the beginning of time, war has been a part of our society. I think that we have learned to make it a part of our every day life without even realizing it. We have done this by honoring those who have bravely died protecting us, by protesting either for or against the war, and by celebrating our victories and mourning our loses. Without it, we would not be able to evolve and grow. Through war we are able to stand up for our beliefs.

War is not pretty, nor is it ideal, but it is a very real part of our every day life. Even in the purest book such as the bible, goals were achieved through the act of war. God allowed his warriors to fight and win battles so that his name could be glorified. The Lord made a promise to Abraham that he would lead the Jews out of Egypt and into the promised land. This promise was not fully met until many generations later when Moses was in charge and later when Joshua took over. Joshua was told, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them,” (Joshua 1:6, The English Standard Version Bible). Throughout the whole book of Joshua, it talks about different battles that Joshua fought and won when he was conquering the land of Egypt. Before every battle the Lord would tell Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them, for tomorrow at this time I will give over all of them, slain, to Israel,” (Joshua 11:6).

If war was really this horrible act that should never be used, then why is it that God allowed Joshua and many other characters from the bible to have such glorious victories? I believe that if war was that terrible, God would have corrected them, just as he corrects all other sins.

So when exactly does a misunderstanding or conflict become much more then just that? When is a state of war declared? What causes a disagreement to lead to such anger and rage?

Maybe this state of war is declared when the rulers see no other option but to stand up with arms. When they feel like they have been disrespected enough and they no longer want to deal with it.

War is not ideal, but is real. War is not pretty, but is has kept nations together.

The English Standard Version Bible. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. Print.