You could say it’s a bit cocky to copy Tolstoi’s title however that’s exactly what this post will be about: war and peace or rather peace and war.
In my heart I’m a pacifist and would love to see all conflicts solved by diplomacy. I’d even say that humanity should be evolved enough by now to be able to solve all conflicts by diplomacy and non-violent measures. All religions and also the atheist morals/philosophies dictate peace and even from an economic perspective I’d say that peace is better for an overall economy. However I’m not known as a fool and so I know that I won’t live to see the day when this vision comes true.
In mean time I strongly support violent measures – war – to bring us closer to that day and to secure our freedom. The violent overturn of the feudalistic order in Europe, the war against Nazi Germany, the not so Cold War, war in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq and also the Arabic Spring with for example war in Libya have all their terrible, horrible tragedies and still I am thankful to live in a better world with them bringing and defending freedom, stopping madness, genocide, terrorism and tyranny. There will be more wars next year and I actually hope for war in Syria to stop the tyranny and killing there while I fear that war with Iran may be imminent.
Our last President did resign after he was attacked by opposition for stating the requirement of defending our economic interests with our troops. Next year will prove him right. The war with Iran probably won’t start due to the fear of nuclear weapons (although this is one reason) but with the fight for power over the Strait of Hormuz, the power over the free flow of Arabic oil, an economic issue. And after the disastrous stand our Government took towards the Libya-Attack Germany will take a visible role in this war.