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When is war justified

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When is War Justified? War is justified and only justified when a nation is acting out of self-defense to protect their nation as a whole. One might argue that humanitarian wars or wars that are fought because they seem morally right are also justified. However, wars like these do not protect the interest of their nation as a whole, and are usually fought to establish political connections rather than to protect the nation. In the article, “When is War Justified?” by Elijah Sweete, he states that, “A defensive war is the most clearly justified and generally involves a direct attack by another nation or outside force on one’s own territory or physical assets.” Defensive wars are always fought out of the best interest of one’s nation…show more content…
In the book, The Things They Carried, the chapter “On the Rainy River” is the perfect examination of a young man who has been drafted to fight in a war that has no clear explanation. The young man wonders how a nation can go to war and sacrifice lives without any undeniable just cause. The young man, Tim O’Brien, thinks aloud to himself and says, “It seemed to me that when a nation goes to war it must have reasonable confidence in
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