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How to Institutionalize Peace

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Another major influence on the ability to institutionalize peace is the role of powerful national individuals. Many people will follow an influential figure and do whatever they say if they believe in what they are being told. This can be both good and bad depending on the situation. If the leader has radical views and wants change, they will often resort to violence to get what is desired. That is the worst case scenario because if peace is trying to be obtained, then fighting will only make the situation worse. This is why major global powers such as the United States have overthrown important political leaders in other countries to help restore order to the country. Larger, more powerful countries will often make decisions to intervene if they feel it is in the best interest of the world or neighboring countries. If such great power is put into the wrong hands, the consequences can be devastating. McNamara is a good example of a powerful figure that had a terrific war mind, but wasn't the best when it came to making or keeping peace. The Vietnam War was one that came with lots of controversy because of how costly it was. The war lasted many years and resulted in the death of many American soldiers. McNamara felt that we could win the war and continued to send troops into battle. This was not good for any hopes of achieving peace because this did nothing but make the Vietnamese unhappy and less likely to want to stop the war. Instead of trying to make peace
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