The graphic coverage of the Vietnam war helped to bring that war to an end. And, of course, the killing of protesting (and uninvolved ) students at Kent State had a huge influence. I think there are very few wars that are justified. WWll is the only one in recent history that was unavoidable, in my opinion.
I hate to even think this, but I believe many people think war is exciting. They are gung ho about the "glamor" of war. Re-reading Stephen Crane's Red Badge of Courage is a good idea for all of us. Young people think they're invulnerable and all governments do their best to dehumanize the "enemy," just as they reverse the procedure when these enemies become our allies.
Here are some of the enemies of the twentieth century:
Remember the animalistic names we have given our enemies? Remember the cartoons showing the enemies as monsters? The purpose of that is to ready us for war. Good people don't want to kill other good people. But they will kill vicious animals. This is not an original idea, of course. I learned it in a Social Psychology class while in college. It is one type of propaganda.
These "vicious" animals are now our friends. Shades of 1984, by George Orwell! It's frightening. Double think.
I'm just venting. I'm basically a pacifist who realizes that there are some wars that are justified...very few.
This is off topic. My apologies.
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A dog, I have always said, is prose; a cat is a poem. ~Jean Burden