A contest between nations or states, carried on by force, either for defense, or for revenging insults and redressing wrongs, for the extension of commerce or acquisition of territory, or for obtaining and establishing the superiority and dominion of one over the other. These objects are accomplished by the slaughter or capture of troops, and the capture and destruction of ships, towns and property. Among rude nations, war is often waged and carried on for plunder.
As war is the contest of nations or states, it always implies that such contest is authorized by the monarch or the sovereign power of the nation. When war is commenced by attacking a nation in peace, it is called an offensive war, and such attack is aggressive.
When war is undertaken to repel invasion or the attacks of an enemy, it is called defensive, and a defensive war is considered as justifiable. Very few of the wars that have desolated nations and deluged the earth with blood, have been justifiable.
Researchers have calculated that since 3600 BC, there have been 14,531 wars resulting in 3 billion deaths over the years (current world population: 6 billion).
Peace prevailed for a total of only 292 years on earth, about 5% of the time.
Currently there are over 30 armed conflicts or "wars" taking place around the world.
Wars since the 1990s have been mainly internal. They have been brutal, claiming more than 5 million lives. They have violated, not so much borders, as people. Humanitarian conventions have been routinely flouted, civilians and aid workers have become strategic targets, and children have been forced to become killers.
"Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
Extermination of People
By conservative estimates, the Native American population of the United states prior to European contact was greater than 12 million. The Native American population in the 1990 U.S. Census was 1.8 million. There are 560 American Indian tribes that have tribal governments that are recognized by the United States in a government to government relationship. The United States has failed to fulfill the terms of over 300 treaties agreed to with Native Americans. There are also approximately 314 federal Indian reservations in the United States.
In World War II Nazi led Germany killed an estimated 6 million Jewish people.
In the bloody civil war in The Congo over 2.5 million people have died.
2010 Military Spending
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The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.
If the people of the Earth do not learn to live together in harmony we will cease to exist-the apathy, greed, conspiracy, desperation and hate in the world must be replaced with peace, caring, cooperation, understanding and hope.