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February 26, 2012 06:41:10 PM
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Dr. Aalai

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Until a fundamental change occurs regarding the conditioning of man, there may appear to be no seeming end of warfare. However, I am inclined to write that no, war is NOT inevitable. Man is endowed with the capacity for both good and evil in equal measure. The incentives that drive decision makers to wage war must change if we are to endure as a species. Man is hesitant to kill, and it takes systematic conditioning to enable him to wage war, but even that conditioning is temporary. War is not inevitable.

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February 24, 2012 09:15:15 PM
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Rosa

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Yes. War is inevitable. So long as there are limited resources, there will always be war.

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February 24, 2012 11:32:14 AM
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oscar

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Easy...just kill "end" zionism
zionism= ppl that worship land and money

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February 23, 2012 11:35:08 AM
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Mo from the Bronx

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Is War inevitable? Every human is wired differently, greed is part of human nature and we will always clash with others to defend our own interest (last week in my son’s day care school, two fourteen months old toddlers started fighting, for the reason that one wanted to take a book from the other). There may be peace for a long period, however people tolerance have a limit. Every generation is different.

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February 23, 2012 11:14:30 AM
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J Murphy

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Many spiritual thinkers believe that the outer world is an out-picturing of our individual inner world. Until each of our inner worlds is at peace, there will be no world peace. I tend to think this is true.

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February 23, 2012 11:13:53 AM
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Michael Kennedy

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Full scale war is not inevitable. It would require time and a shift in culture, yet it is possible to have a future without war. Now while I write that, I do not think small conflicts will end. As competition for crucial resources, such as water, increase there will be fire fights over them. As human societies see that it is more beneficial to resolve conflicts in a peaceful manner, then the frequency of those outburst will decrease. Yet before that occurs it will take a war weariness caused by too much war to occur first. I don't think this will be a simultaneous global phenomenom, rather it will happen a country or region at a time. The nation of Costa Rica being an example of this. If we can make peace more profitable than war, people will favor peace.

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February 22, 2012 10:52:44 AM
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francyne pelchar

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Yes, war is inevitable.

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February 22, 2012 09:15:32 AM
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M. Beallor

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In his book, “The End of War,” John Horgan calls Steven Pinker “one of the most respected proponents of gene-centric theories of human behavior” – theories that Horgan rejects. Coincidentally, Pinker recently wrote a book on the same subject: “The Better Angels of Our Nature.” Pinker, with much research to back up his claims, also concludes that war is not inevitable and documents a long trend of a decline in violence.
Horgan reminds us in his book that the vast majority of warriors throughout history – “99%” – have been men. “Some men,” he wrote, “also seem especially predisposed to violence, including war.” Nonetheless, he does not believe that ending male domination of our political institutions will help to bring about peace. Pinker on the other hand, identifies the empowerment of women as one of five “broad forces” that responsible for a global decline in violence. I see the political empowerment of women as key to ending war. It is an upward trend that must be actively encouraged. Those of us who want to see an end to war, should encourage more women to seek public office, and to make a conscious effort to elect a Congress that is reflective of our gender balanced population. We can end war.

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February 21, 2012 02:19:26 PM
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Marc Beallor

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xLuPABuXPU&feature=youtu.be

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February 21, 2012 01:57:15 PM
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February 21, 2012 12:10:18 PM
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James C. West, PhD

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I believe war is inevitable and predictable. In fact I expect a war to end our current worldwide economic difficulties. I don't see how anyone could look at history or current events and suggest the end of war is possible. If it could be ended, it surely would have been by now.

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February 21, 2012 10:44:45 AM
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John Williams

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War is a necessary evil, without it there would no nations.

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February 21, 2012 10:04:17 AM
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Tim Sheehan

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As long as humans are motivated by greed and predjudice and remain ignorant of the rest of the world beyond their own domain, War will remain an easy choice for them to make.

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February 21, 2012 09:43:31 AM
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Nils Petter Gleditsch

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Is war inevitable? Following the publication of the three seminal books by Robert Muchembled (A History of Violence, 2008, English translation 2012), Joshua Goldstein (Winning for War on War, 2011), and Steven Pinker (The Better Angels of Our Nature, 2011), it makes sense to reverse the question: Is Peace Inevitable? In either case, the answer is no, in the sense that we cannot rule out events like major war even if they are becoming increasingly improbable. In the last recorded year, the Uppsala Conflict Data project recorded 30 on-going armed conflicts (with more than 25 deaths in a calendar year). Few of these have much escalatory potential. Despite economic and political rivalry between the US and the aspiring superpower China, both seem persuaded that a trading relationship beats a warring relationship hands down. An increasing fraction of on-going armed conflicts may relate to religion, but not an increasing absolute number, and the ‘clash of civilizations’ has failed to erupt. Despite setbacks here and there, democracy continues to rule over a higher fraction of the world’s population than ever before. Environmental disruption and inequitable use of natural resources have inspired cooperation just as much as conflict, and so far there is little if any evidence that climate change along the lines foreseen by the IPCC will make the traditional neomalthusian scenarios of scarcity-driven conflict come true. For these and other reasons, I remain a qualified optimist.

Nils Petter Gleditsch, Research professor, Peace Research Institute Oslo; Professor of political science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology; President International Studies Association (2008–09).

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February 20, 2012 10:24:19 PM
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David Swanson

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February 20, 2012 01:26:27 PM
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Christina

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Yes, war is inevitable.

We are animals, and war springs from territorial instinct and scrabbling for resources. It doesn't even matter how resource is defined, and the definition may fluctuate, but one group will always want what another group has, and we will always find a way to segment the population into groups, even if we become more homogenized and are eventually all the same ethnicity and religion.

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February 20, 2012 01:33:44 AM
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T. C., edgykated 'merican

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War? We don't have war. We've gone from wars to political corrections to police actions to opening new, (& cheaper), markets/production/job export sites to defending democracy, (by forcing it on 'weaker' countries). Who wants to lose any of these essential manifestations of piety & power?
War - whatever pretty package it's put in - will continue. It's a modern version of ancestor worship, keeping alive a major albeit arcane activity from the old days (when any universal apocalyptic destruction was impossible outside of cheap sci-fi novels).
Now that we are phasing to an international feudal system based on corporate fiefs and religions of ease and convenient simplicities, (well,post-modern, western Christianity at least), amid growing shortages of essential resources, (ie, food, water, space & toleration), and world-wide natural disasters, war will become even more 'morally' justifiable. We all have a right to live, right? And living today requires hoarding, waste and ostentation as much as it requires self-preservation, right?
I guess I'm saying Yes, war will end just as soon as humanity is totally incapable of repeating history. IOW, war will end just as soon as humanity ends.
Until then, there will always be another ally-cum-evil dictator to depose or WMD-intense sandbox for our kids, grandkids great-grandkids ... to be disabled/die in. And there are plenty of useless petitions to sign and inane but safe polls to take for those too old/unable to defend their 'hood. After all, the beat must go on, again.
What other legacy can we -- ANY of us -- possibly pass on to our descendants?

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February 19, 2012 04:00:20 PM
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Jim

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Yes , war is inevitable. John's view , a steady decline in deaths resulting from state sponsored violence, is undeniable but backward looking. It is true only until it is no longer true. Advances in mechanize killing have caused strategist to pause in risk benefit analysis . ( balance of power , MAD) The result is a decline in state sponsored death. But this view presupposes reasoned thought in deciding weather or not to engage the another militarily; the overwhelming majority of military encounters throughout history have been based on miscalculations and deceit. So much for reason.
Our species is interconnected with every other living thing. It seems an absolute that all living thing want to expand territorially, weather kudzu vines in the south or Hitler in Czechoslovakia.

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February 19, 2012 02:05:00 PM
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Neil

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Unfortunately, at least in my life time!!!

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February 19, 2012 01:39:24 PM
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Cat Maddox

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War is not inevitable. Of course it isn't. I'm sure if you polled even the men and women who are serving in them presently, and not those "in charge," they would not for one moment believe they were there out of some great purpose. No, more than likely, it's the best-paying job they could get to take care of their family, afford an education, escape poverty once and for all. That is, if nothing happens to them. Secondly, I think that the more access that the lower and middle classes have to technology, and thus regular global communication with people in other countries with similar interests/commonalities, it will eventually destroy long-held suspicions/prejudices perpetuated by governments and certain popular media, that lead the common people to think of common people from different countries as "other." That realization is building globally- as evidenced in the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement. The reasons these movements are powerful, is that they are gaining leverage through sheer numbers of people, and the middle and lower classes realizing that peaceful protest will eventually tumble the system not by any violent force, but because it has to. Because there are more of us than there are of them. Once this happens, and the people are more directly democratically involved in their own lives/livelihoods and communities, there will be no need for countries to go to war with one another, for the idea of a "country" will be totally passe. The world is shifting towards peaceful conflict/resolution, and as time goes on, is awakening to the fact that people do not want to destroy one another. There will be nuclear disarmament. These apocalyptic hounds clamoring to ring the world's ending bells are merely marking the beginning of a new world, inconceivable only for whom change itself is incomprehensible, though it is happening around them every day.

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