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War is a state of armed conflict between states, societies and informal groups, such as insurgents and militias. It is generally characterized by extreme aggression, destruction, and mortality, using regular or irregular military forces. Warfare refers to the common activities and characteristics of types of war, or of wars in general. Total war is warfare that is not restricted to purely legitimate military targets, and can result in massive civilian or other non-combatant suffering and casualties.

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A Letter to the Editor regarding the Iraq war

To the editor, Brooks brings up the lesson of skepticism toward intelligence—to not assume that what the United States deems as fact is actually fact. But where are we supposed to get that verification? Our understanding of other nations will inevitably be nearsighted, which lends well to dangerous assumptions. It was easy to enter the Iraq war because the environment was being molded by the public and government into a very conducive, “justice”-driven atmosphere. If, perhaps, we rid Americans of their sense of injustice after 9/11, Americans might have more rationally looked at the option of war with Iraq, keeping in mind the consequences. But, as decades come and go, how exactly are we supposed to change this human factor?

Contributed by Lucy Zhang



When you have prayed for victory you have prayed for many unmentioned results which follow victory — must follow it, cannot help but follow it. “O Lord our God, help us tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with their little children to wander unfriended in the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst...

Contributed by Madeline Johnson



Rethink what you think you know.

Contributed by Madeline Johnson

"How do soldiers killing each other solve the world's problems?" - "Calvin and Hobbes" Do soldiers killing others make them a hero or villain? Morality is most often found at the end of war. To get a deeper insight about the morality of war, I highly recommend watching the movie "Ender's Game."

Contributed by Ben Sansiribhan

Often times we as humans get the wrong impression of wars, especially today's generation. Coming from a teen view, Us teens especially the males, think that war is just like Call of Duty, Halo, Battlefield. And I've seen them talk about how they would blow through cities, and how they want to join the military to blow stuff up and shoot people. But no one ever really grasps this subject, mental health. We have been slowly becoming aware of PTSD and Anxiety disorders that have been around forever, but have been ignored, and they still do. So with this being said, consider mental health, think of OUR soldiers fighting a war, war not only causes trouble to soldiers, but also soldier's families. We often forget that freedom isn't free, and that the soldiers paying the price, pay a high price. War is no longer a game, it is real, and what some of our soldiers suffer is real, it may not be as visible as being physically ill, but it's there, and it damages them. Consider our soldiers before making more wars.

Contributed by Josias Cruz


On the surface there is all talk of talking it out and keeping peace and crossing the red line.... but what is all going on under the surface.... have you ever wonder!?

Contributed by Fatima Chaudhry

An obvious answer

Is it just TOO easy of an answer to accept!?

Contributed by Fatima Chaudhry

A project by Youtube-user kolomaire showing the world's known, major battles over the last 1,000 years on a world map. Many wars would have been fought outside of Eurasia pre-European expansion, but they are unknown due to lack of record-keeping by most of the world's peoples then. It's almost funny in a very uncomfortable way to watch the map in certain time periods due to the fact that you can't even see the map under all of the explosions.

Contributed by Sean Gay

Ongoing War

This is an ongoing war with no end in sight!?

Contributed by Fatima Chaudhry

Children read about wars in history, but the information offered is often muddled, or even false or exaggerated. Should kids learn more accurate information about war? This Publisher's Weekly article touches on this subject in the wake of new books such as the Hunger Games series.

Contributed by Sammo Lea

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