Theories of War

As a followup to yesterday’s post, I here offer a more wide-ranging analysis of international reactions to the current situation in Israel: America, Israel, Gaza, the World

As one may have inferred from yesterday’s post, I have a very Jacksonian view of war. If you’re going to go to war, you owe it to those who die – on both sides, and those caught in the middle – to make it as short and final as possible, and then to do right by the survivors of both sides. The wars of sport that flourished between the royal families of Europe (and devastated the lives of the peasants) have no place in a civilized world. Respect for the dead demands that the issue be settled. For as long as the people are fighting each other – and this is a war of peoples, of cultures and ideologies, not a war of elites – many will be trapped into fighting, rather than pursuing prosperity for themselves and their families.

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