As long as a humanist moral philosophy exists in society, there will be humanism run amok. Men with the potential for power will want to exert that power for what they think is human good. They will follow their own impulses (with the encouragement of each country's version of our Council on Foreign Relations), not God's Word, and, if they grab enough power, they'll drag us into war -- be it a Bismarck, a Teddy Roosevelt, a Woodrow Wilson, a John F. Kennedy, or a jungle warlord.
Change the question to
Is Peace achievable?
Yes, a culture of peace is possible, but our language must reflect it. If we are against bullying in school, we must be against phrases like "all options are on the table. "
Peace is not a weakness- it is strength to work out problems and not make threats.
No, not soon, especially in the Middle East.
As long as Israel Firsters can buy U.S. foreign policy and keep the focus away from the real issue (i.e., land stolen from Palestinians, and the Right of Return for Palestinian refugees) and towards noise issues (e.g., terrorism, a supposedly democratic Israel as an ally rather than a deadly liability, religion, rapture, Arab primitivism, etc.), then war there will persist.
I wish WNYC would crack down hard on Israel, instead of gingerly side-stepping the core land issue so as not to upset its listeners (supporters/sponsors) who desperately need a realistic look at the core of the matter, rather than those silly dreamy 'kibbutz' paint-jobs. (Sometimes, when I hear a WNYC segment on Israel, I feel embarrassed for you!) Even the Car Guys should be more critical of Israel!! :)
The whole set of the terms of debate is shfting in a very basic way. Please don't be caught on the wrong (and ugly) side of this issue. WNYC should take a deep breathe, fast-forward about ten years to catch up with the real debate, and go for it! Sorry for the long post!
In science, all causation is unknown. The only true religion is uncertainty. Random genetic markers for violent behavior are being discovered. 40,000 years of alcohol abuse drives the gene killing machine. A billion more mind altering drugs have mutilated human genetics. The doomsday machine already exists. When we finally use it, there will be no earth, no humans, and no war.
The promo asks "will men ever stop fighting wars," and here the question is "will humans ever stop..."
The question is "Will MEN ever stop fighting wars?" and I'd think that needs to be acknowledged from the get-go.
Historically, wartime presidents always get re-elected.
Therefore, if Obama is faltering before the election then, a war with Iran would push him over the edge to win a second term.
G.W. Bush used this ploy to great advantage.
Yes, war is inevitable.
If I bump you in the store, I'll say sorry. I will take responsibility. War occurs because folks don't take personal responsibility. The whole country fights collectively. That's much easier to deal with.
The question itself is flawed. It should be "Will MEN ever stop fighting wars?"Women and children are just along for the hellish ride that men make in this world. Simply open the NYT just about any day.... men killing men, men killing women (and raping), men killing children (and raping). Men will never stop fighting wars, but if women take over the world (and I mean, really take over the world politically and culturally) we can get the men more under control and make it obsolete.
It is not inevitable. Individuals make decisions, and decisions are what causes every human-made problem. When people do not allow themselves to justify violence in the name of religion, nationalism, greed, stranger-fear, or any other thing, we can all stop war.