War

What is the tipping point for war? When does a build up towards hostilities morph in to an “inevitable” conflict? I noted earlier that no war is unavoidable until it begins; however, one has to be careful how one defines war. Another writer recently wrote of the broader definition of war that includes such things as economic sanctions, diplomatic pressure backed by rewards and punishments, etc. I am inclined to agree with his lengthy analysis, and by that measure war against Iraq began more than ten years ago and has been on-going since that time. What the world awaits now is an answer to the following question: will this war finally end? Oddly enough, those opposed to conventional action against Iraq are in favor of prolonging the conflict, while those in favor of invasion support bringing this war to a close.

3 Responses to “War”

  1. It is best to study the hisitry of such things.

    In 1938, no sane person could fail to see that war was coming. The Italians had taken ethiopia, the Germans had marched into the Sudetenland, the Japanes had raped Nanking, and the nazis had tried to steal the Ark from Indiana jones. Ok,not the last one.

    Within a year, Poland would fall to a massive evil alliance of Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia.

    AND THEN:
    France and Great Brittain sit on their hands for over 9 months, until Hitler invades nest summer. It was the Phony War and it is rarely studied. The primary reason is that it shows the muddle-headed pacifist idioicy of certain portions of the West at its best.

    I will also add that every able-bodied leftie in the world was against war with Germany – until Hitler moved eastward!

    The current spate of idiotarian diatribes against a PARTICULAR WAR [always phrased as being ANTI-WAR in general] is nothing new.

  2. The Sitzkrieg was an unusual time- I recall it as moment when the entire world held its collective breath. I salute your attention to history. Now consider this: had the United Kingdom and France confronted Hitler at that time, what would the likely outcome have been? The chance to reduce the Nazis had passed by this time- Hitler should have been stopped when the Rhineland was remilitarized. THAT was the turning point. Once the phase of the “Phony War” had begun all options were lost. Had France and the United Kingdom moved any force militaire against Hitler the likely result would have been a postponement of Barbarossa and a determination on the part of the Nazis to first reduce France and the United Kingdom. Despite Churchill’s stirring rhetoric I harbor serious reservations regarding the United Kingdom’s ability to repulse an invasion sans an Eastern Front.

  3. The above comments were first posted on 02/07/2003 before being moved here.