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Kieran Preissler

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What is the purpose of war?

What do we, as humans, hope to accomplish through wars? Throughout history we've used war as a tool to settle disputes, but the victor of these disputes was only crowned after all of the opposition had been killed. It seems as though war isn't necessarily a tool of change, rather a weapon for destruction that breeds hatred, violence, and lies.
With that said, there's still wars being fought all around the World with massive casualties by the hour. But why are we still fighting? Is it really a useful agent for change or is it genocide?


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    Feb 7 2013: At it's core, it's bullying, or genocide where bullying fails. BUT - in TODAY'S culture, it is a tool for growing the otherwise collapsing economy. But a war-based economy is unsustainable at its core, so the chickens will come home to roost. We just don't know when.

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