Why Nations Go to War

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Why Nations Go To War In John Stoessinger’s work on “Why Nations go to War” he examines ten wars that have occurred since 1914 and the one currently taking place today. These wars include World War One, World War Two, Korean War, Vietnam War, Yugoslavian War, Indo-Pakistani War, Arab-Israel War, Iran-Iraq and Iraq-Kuwait War, War on Terror, and Wars in Rwanda and Darfur. Each of these wars have many things in common, but the one thing that sticks out above many of the other statistics and reasons is that “no nation that began a major war in the twentieth century emerged a winner” (Stoessinger 387). So after reading this quote you begin to ask yourself, why then would a nation choose to start a war and face the difficulties and often …show more content…
He started to fear that the world was plotting against him and made a tense situation even worse. He had the belief that the “British plot, which included Russia and France, to exterminate Germany was absolutely real to the Kaiser. So as you see in the World War One experience, fear and disillusions that Germany had of others led to bad decisions by Wilhelm II, leading to war. Another War that Stoessinger discusses is the Korean War. The Korean War is a war without a clear definition for why it started, “The reason for the outbreak of the Korean War remains a mystery; we can only speculate abut the motivations for the Korean attack” (Stoessinger 63). But popular belief is that Stalin pushed North Korea to start a war with South Korea. As with the wars before this one the aggressor seemed confident that an easy victory was assured, “in any event he was sure of a speedy military victory. The North Korean leadership announced that it would win the war before V-J Day in September. Once again a war launched in early summer was to end in victory before the leaves had fallen from the trees” (Stoessinger 64). Once again the aggressor was over confident and miscalculated the strength of their enemy and the fact that other nations may come to the rescue. The Korean War could have been a war fought between two neighboring countries over their own differences and no outside parties would
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