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100 Questions About War That Establish Solutions for Peace

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Can We End War?

It’s a known fact that war destroys and ends livelihood at various levels. The loss of lives in war is staggering. Do we hold someone responsible when countries are at war? It’s easy to point fingers and play the blame game in a shrewd manner, but for what good is it when precious lives are lost and families are distraught. Is there a way to end wars? Is there a solution that can put an end to wars?

When perspectives change, we are more likely to find peace, not war. While the term ‘war’ is rather broad-based, war typically is a state of armed conflict between nations, governments, states, societies, and paramilitary groups such as militias, insurgents and mercenaries among others.

What Is War?

War is characterized by extreme forms of aggression, morality, violence, and destruction, using regular or irregular military forces. In a total state of war, the loss of civilian life is massive as warfare is not restricted to legitimate military targets. While perspectives on war may differ, the root of war is an ancestral aspect of human nature embroiled with specific ecological or socio-cultural circumstances. The greed and hunger for power never ends, and it’s this aspect that leads to conflict among nations. In a bid to stamp authority over others or gain control war may break out in the form of

  • Biological Warfare
  • Total War
  • Civil War
  • Asymmetric Warfare
  • Insurgency
  • War of Aggression
  • Conventional Warfare
  • Unconventional Warfare
  • Chemical Warfare
  • War of Liberation
  • Information Warfare
  • Cyberwarfare
  • Nuclear Warfare

What Does War Do to People and the Economy?

While the experience of war is different for soldiers and civilians, the depth of suffering and pain caused to either is unfathomable. Families are torn apart during a state of total war. The trauma caused by an act of war leads to severe psychological and emotional problems for family members of civilians. Families of soldiers who have been killed in war feel an inner turmoil that cannot be eased with time.

Survivors of war may go through traumatic times with nightmarish flashbacks or images of the war scenes they witnessed during war. The harsh reality is many victims of war remain scarred for life. Aside from physical injuries, military personnel subject to combat at various fronts in war suffer from severe depression, behavioral disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Destruction of infrastructure during war leads to a catastrophic collapse of an economy. Countries involved in war find it difficult to cope up with a fluctuating economy thereby leading to price hike on taxes and commodities. Furthermore, displacements of population are caused due to forced migration thereby having a negative impact on socio-economic cycles.


We Do Not Need Wars

Not all casualties in war are on record. Armed conflict only brings upon a trail of tears and destruction. Selfish desire for power among few diabolic individuals can drive nations in a direction towards war. Every individual’s perspective on war whether soldier or civilian will differ, however, every living being will agree it’s inhumane taking lives and giving up lives to gain or achieve glory. We do not need wars! We do not like wars! We can change the world if we be the change! We need Love! We need Prayers! Our world will be a better place when war’s end!


The list below showcases a diverse collection of philosophical questions, intellectual questions, simple questions, and logical questions about war. If you have an answer, view, or opinion to the questions asked, spare a few minutes and speak your mind. The few minutes you spend answering a question/s may well establish a solution for peace and stop wars.


100 Questions About War That Establish Solutions for Peace

  1. Will arms trafficking ever end?
  2. Do civilian lives matter to nations at war?
  3. Does motive and intent dictate terms of war?
  4. Is a soldier that walks out of a war a cowherd or hero?
  5. Can weapon control curb war breakouts?
  6. Do peace talks actually help in preventing a war?
  7. Can education stop wars?
  8. Is monetary compensation for loss of life in a war justified?
  9. Does greed for power lead to war?
  10. When peace talks fail between two countries, what is the next step to prevent a war?
  11. Do revenge and retaliation worsen relationships among countries at war?
  12. Can world leaders come together and take a unanimous decision on ending wars?
  13. Can we prevent a war by signing a anti-war treaty or a anti-war petition?
  14. What’s the role of funding in a war, if funding stops will war’s end?
  15. Is there joy winning a war?
  16. Are we in the mouth of madness of a Holy War?
  17. Do the realms of understanding play a vital role in ending a war?
  18. Are inflated egos the reason people and countries are at war?
  19. Has war become a means of business to amass wealth among sections in society?
  20. Has the internet made war accessible to the world?
  21. Can war crimes be forgotten?
  22. Are anger and hatred among groups and communities the main reasons for civil war?
  23. Will stopping illegal trade of all forms put an end to war?
  24. Should governments and leaders of states consider a lay man’s opinion of how to stop wars?
  25. Can perspective and a change of heart prevent a war?
  26. If finances are channelized in the right manner in every country will civil wars end?
  27. Can regulatory authorities put a curb on weapons trade, and will it help in ending wars?
  28. Why… a nation’s martyr is another nation’s terrorist?
  29. Can global protests actually prevent wars?
  30. Does intellect start wars or stop wars?
  31. Every beginning has an end, why not war?
  32. Does bloodshed and death in war resolve conflict?
  33. Can one man’s decision influence a war or stop a war?
  34. Does war have a racial element associated with it?
  35. Is power politics a systematic threat that leads to war?
  36. Can territorial disputes end with peace talks?
  37. Is a war ever just?
  38. Is a soldier’s sacrifice for his/her country justified?
  39. Does socio-economic condition compel civil war?
  40. Can miracles be associated with war?
  41. Is war a showcase of superiority?
  42. Is violence and war becoming a part of human nature?
  43. Do ideologies play a crucial role in stopping wars?
  44. Can science end war?
  45. If you could prevent a war how far would you go to make it happen?
  46. Can political parties actually implement policies that can end wars?
  47. Is war associated with Philosophy or Science?
  48. Does a country intervening for peace among two nations torn by conflict lead to making more friends or more enemies?
  49. Do highly influential politicians use their influence to start wars or stop wars?
  50. Will starting anti-war movements help in stopping wars?
  51. Are sentiments forgotten when countries are at war?
  52. Logically, does civil war do any good to certain sections in society?
  53. Is war the only viable option if peace talks fail and lead to large scale conflict?
  54. Why do certain religions spread the message of love and justify the act of war?
  55. Do economic conditions start wars or stop wars at various levels?
  56. If the law on arms control is made more stringent will it downsize the scale of weapons used in war?
  57. Is it right to associate religion with war, why a holy war?
  58. Is race and color a contributing factor in a war?
  59. Do the sacrifices of soldiers equate to glory in war?
  60. Why are wars fought in this present age when we have learnt about the evils of destruction caused by wars of the past?
  61. Are military secrets no longer secrets because of social media?
  62. Will war’s end if the burning desire to avenge and seek revenge is extinguished?
  63. Can rational thinking help find a way to stop wars or prevent wars?
  64. Isn’t war a futile effort at gaining power?
  65. Do negotiations have the power to prevent war?
  66. Are war tactics fair?
  67. Does war have a hidden agenda?
  68. When does an act of terrorism lead to a state of war?
  69. How can sacrifice at war be a noble cause?
  70. What constitutes a war crime?
  71. Fake news on the internet has led to turmoil and civil war in many countries; can it lead to a total war between nations?
  72. Are wars of the modern world carried out in the name of religion?
  73. If there is pain and suffering associated with war, why go though it?
  74. Can campaigns against war and anti-war movements stop wars or prevent wars, if so how?
  75. Are wars politically motivated?
  76. Are war ethics a concept or reality?
  77. Does monetary aid play a decisive role in promoting wars or preventing wars?
  78. Do tensions due to trade relations pave the way for war?
  79. Can flexible mindsets of political leaders end wars?
  80. Does political approach of powerful world leaders influence different aspects of war?
  81. Are real moral implications forgotten when conflict leads to war?
  82. Is it ethical to use illegitimate methods to stop wars?
  83. Do coalition attempts put the brakes on war?
  84. Can beliefs associated with race, tradition, culture, and caste lead to war?
  85. Are the images shown on media leading individuals to participate in acts of war for a cause?
  86. Do emotions play a vital role in a decision taken on war?
  87. Can the evolution of war be changed?
  88. Does the cyber world make it easier to start wars or prevent wars?
  89. If we all know war stems hate and destruction, why fight wars when we can opt for peace?
  90. Is war ethical or moral, if so how do you justify it?
  91. Do escalating levels of intolerance lead to war?
  92. Does conscience play a part in war?
  93. If habituated tendencies in war are eradicated will it bring about a change in the system in a bid towards making peace?
  94. If killing is a crime why wage wars?
  95. Does competition over resources in a fiercely competitive complex social organization with population density lead to conflict that wages a war?
  96. Can logical solutions put an end to war?
  97. Why do we say ‘war on terrorism’ when war is terrorism?
  98. Do terrorists do what they do because of war crimes that have ravaged their families?
  99. Are tactics in war used by politically powerful groups to divert attention for a selfish cause?
  100. How do you end war?

Sources and Further Reading

  • The 8 Main Reasons for War | Owlcation
    What are the main reasons for war? This article lists the most common causes of conflict.
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder in combat veterans | JAAPA
    Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects up to 18% of combat veterans, many of whom will seek care from clinicians outside the military healthcare system. This article reviews PTSD's epidemiology, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis and more.
  • Economic impact of war | Economics Help
    A list of the economic costs of war, including national debt, lost earnings, lost capital. An explanation of why some companies profit from war. Examples of the impact of wars on the UK and US economies.
  • Ethics of war – introduction | BBC
    Human beings have been fighting each other since prehistoric times, and people have been discussing the rights and wrongs of it for almost as long. This section of the BBC Ethics site covers a wide range of the issues involved.

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