WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW ABOUT WARS
When the elites lose touch with the reality that they can only grant themselves a finite amount of the treasures, freedoms and resources of a nation, the masses will take action to remind them that they go too far. If the elites do not snap out of it, war, revolution and civil war will inevitably result.
In democratic nations, charismatic individuals have been able to effectively use the media and the backing of powerful elites to gain power. Extremist or unstable charismatic politicians are far more likely to push for deviant internal programs or warlike external adventurism, once they gain power.
Wars are fought for reasons that range from misunderstanding to naked aggression. In between is general dissatisfaction, rage at the elites, or ongoing conditions that become intolerable. Some wars happen because of the irrational whims of powerful rulers and elites who lose touch with reality.
When two countries attempt to resolve their disputes through diplomacy, war becomes a failure of diplomacy.
War breaks out when one country desires or needs the resources of another country and trade negotiations fail. War thus becomes a failure to negotiate a peaceful and equitable trade of resources.
When one side far out matches the other in strength, then war comes from a failure or inability to deter or discourage an aggressor.
In some cases, war originates in a cunning and evil intent to use war as a cover for sinister reasons: expansion of power, control over valuable resources, or simply because of a ruler’s insanity. This makes war a battle of right against wrong.
THE EXAMPLE OF THE IRAQ WAR: WAS THIS A WAR OF RETALIATION OR A WAR OF AGGRESSION AND HEGEMONY?