Is it ever OK to start a war?

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One of the questions in the first Learning Zone activity was:

Is it ever OK to start a war?

Try to answer this question from both sides.

  1. What would be the reasons for the YES side? Write no more than two reasons.
  2. What would be the reasons from NO side? Write no more than two reasons.
  3. What is YOUR opinion? Give it in two sentences only.

The best answers will show you've thought about difference reasons for going to war but also reasons against - perhaps such as consequences and issues of fairness.

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Comments (83)

  • British Council.jpg beloved_butterfly | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    29 Oct 2021

    I think no one likes to and start a war, but i believe it is necessary when you are attacked and your attacker can not be talked down. Sometimes war is inevitable and we have the reasons to start war .As a civilian, there are reasons not to go to wars. When the war happens, you can choose to be a refugee and leave the battle zones. Or you can choose to hide in safe shelters a among the ruins.
    But when someone I love is in danger , or when I have nothing to lose , I'd pick up a gun and go to war. One reason is because of protection, another reason is because of despair. So war , in my opinion , is a necessary evil.
    On the other hand I think war is not justified since it destroys communities and families and often disrupts the development of the social and economic fabric of nations. The effects of war include long _ term physical and psychological harm to children and adults.

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  • British Council.jpg diplomatic_imagination | Barishal Cadet College | Bangladesh
    30 Oct 2021

    By no means, it is ok to start a war. Because:
    1. It goes without saying that war is the opposite of humanity.
    2. It causes economic losses due to the destruction of capital as well as disruption of trade. Both the attacker and attacked side's economy is wrecked due to massive usages of war materials(weapons and other stuff).

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    1. avatar.jpg EXPERT: Kirsty @ Clifford Chance
      diplomatic_imagination's comment 03 Nov 2021

      Thank you for your comment, diplomatic_imagination. Can you think of any situations where war might be justified?

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      1. British Council.jpg diplomatic_imagination | Barishal Cadet College | Bangladesh
        Kirsty @ Clifford Chance's comment 08 Nov 2021

        Well, A war can only be justified if it carries sufficient moral weight. The country that wishes to use military force must demonstrate that there is a just cause to do so. The intention behind the war must be good. If the countries that wish to use military force can abide by these conditions then I think that war can be justified.

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        1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
          diplomatic_imagination's comment 08 Nov 2021

          Who decides if the war is justified on these grounds?

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  • British Council.jpg playful_dragonfruit | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    30 Oct 2021

    I don't think so that the war begins
    First, because this affects the state in general, and in particular, it may go bankrupt due to the large number of soldiers’ use and their large historical spending, but in general, because this affects civilians and the soldiers’ families if something happens to them

    Secondly, it affects the state's economy
    When war is over, the defeated nations are sometimes required to pay war reparations to the victorious nations. In some cases, the land is ceded to the victorious nations. For example, in Alsace-Lorraine its shares were traded between France and Germany on three different occasions.

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    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
      playful_dragonfruit's comment 01 Nov 2021

      Well done for giving two clear reasons to explain your opinion.

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  • British Council.jpg balanced_situation | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    30 Oct 2021

    No, it is not acceptable to start the war, because when the war ends, it does not go in a state of peace, but rather leaves a trace. In most cases, the profound effects begin with the development of the psychological disorder known as "Post-Traumatic Syndrome Disorder", and the disorder is accompanied by many factors that facilitate Observing and distinguishing them such as difficulty sleeping or trying to avoid it for fear of recurring nightmares related to the war and its memories, loss of control of emotions and extreme anger, avoiding talking about things related to war events or going to places that can bring back some painful memories, poor self-confidence and family or social communication, as well as Disturbance of some existential meanings such as faith, life, death, suicidal ideation, and other factors that differ from one person to another and from one age to another.
    A lot of research and studies have found that children who have been exposed to the dangers of war and lived through it are dangerously vulnerable to mental and psychological problems whose effects can extend over many years and may extend throughout life, affecting the course of a person’s life on the one hand, and his relationships with his family and society with his various institutions on the one hand. Social support is known as providing psychological and material resources that help the individual to confront and overcome traumas, and this support takes different forms and many ways, including emotional support, that is, strengthening behaviors and behaviors that make the victim feel that he is The content of those around him, in addition to enhancing his self-confidence by being loved and accepted in all his circumstances, post-war traumas usually affect the individual’s confidence in himself and his community.
    If we go back in history, we will see that post-traumatic treatment methods took their way into psychology for the first time after the First World War, to treat soldiers and civilians who were psychologically damaged by the war and its effects, and since then the treatment has been developing day after day, to contain many forms and various methods aimed at protecting The individual from his painful memories and his rehabilitation in reality and society.
    And if we go back to the numbers that were mentioned in a previous paragraph, we will see that the numbers and percentages are staggering with regard to the Arab world, especially in the countries that have been afflicted by wars in the past years. To wonder how all these young people and children can survive in this life without thinking of suicide? Or what is the shape of society resulting from all these cases filled with all those pain left untreated?

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  • British Council.jpg exuberant_keyboard | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    31 Oct 2021

    I do not support war because it causes human and material losses and causes environmental damage such as air and soil pollution.
    Wars also have negative consequences for individuals and children and cause the displacement of civilians.
    I support war when the state defends its resources, property and citizens, and when there are dangers facing the residents of this state, it must protect its residents in a variety of ways.

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  • British Council.jpg lovely_groundhog | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    31 Oct 2021

    It's not OK to start a war .
    My reasons for saying no are that War kills, wounds, and incapacitates the very people who have to wage war. This can lead to psychological harm, deep shame, guilt, anger, or anxiety that soldiers suffer as a result of killing or harming others.
    My opinion is that i hate wars .it taks people i love .the sounds of bombs is scaring me .i know this feeling because i have been in a war twice and i don't want to live that again

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
      lovely_groundhog's comment 01 Nov 2021

      Thank you for sharing a difficult personal experience.

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  • British Council.jpg quirky_sheep | Faujdarhat Cadet College | Bangladesh
    31 Oct 2021

    My answer is NO and my reasons are
    1. No matter how big a problem or issue is, a diplomat's responsibility is to handle the issue DIPLOMATICALLY with COORDINATION and MUTUAL UNDERSTANDINGS.
    2. Waging war creates social, economical, cultural and structural disturbance whether a country is losing or winning.

    In my lens, Solving an issue with diplomatic efforts is the best way to avoid a situation where lives are lost, environment is hampered, economic condition is degraded and social harmony is at stake. Rather, every diplomat must have cooperative mentality and creative thoughts to tackle and solve any issues with mutual relationships.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
      quirky_sheep's comment 01 Nov 2021

      What might be some of the biggest challenges for diplomats?

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      1. British Council.jpg playful_dragonfruit | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Olivia @ Topical Talk's comment 08 Nov 2021

        I think it faces difficult challenges, including the obstacles that American diplomats face in the difficulty of working in the country with a reduced staff facing increasing violence, the Corona virus pandemic, and a possible diplomatic evacuation

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    2. British Council.jpg healthy_antelope | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      quirky_sheep's comment 03 Nov 2021

      If it was really easy to resolve political matters between two countries through diplomats, there would be no occupied country in the world!!! It is not that easy. The country that will conduct the war, of course, has studied the war plan and has a specific budget for the war. It also has a project that it will undertake from behind the outcomes of this war, that is, there are political interests, The matter is more than a simple political debate to be resolved by words. Also, the disturbances that the war will produce is a very natural thing.... When the state is occupied, it is in a state of weakness from the ground up,And when the occupation comes, it tightens the siege on it little by little, or there may be deals regarding movement, but in any case, whether the country is occupied or not, It will be the focus of attention for many powerful countries. Each country begins planning projects and interests, and then wages these wars, to prove its position and strength.

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  • British Council.jpg pioneering_wilddog | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    31 Oct 2021

    In my opinion, it is acceptable to start a war, but with conditions: sometimes there is no choice but war, and on the other hand, it is not anyone who starts it, but if the wronged party is the initiator of it, then this is justice.
    But one of the disadvantages of its beginning is that some wars target civilians, who have nothing to do with them, and that some countries are forcibly recruiting children, to ensure that their armies will increase, and this deprives them of their childhood.

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    1. avatar.jpg EXPERT: Kirsty @ Clifford Chance
      pioneering_wilddog's comment 03 Nov 2021

      Thank you for your comment, pioneering_wilddog. How do we decide who the 'wronged party' is? Do you think war is always the right solution?

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      1. British Council.jpg pioneering_wilddog | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Kirsty @ Clifford Chance's comment 07 Nov 2021

        Okay .
        In fact, it is not difficult to know the wronged side, for the wronged side always defends its right even if it knows that the other side is more powerful than it, and the wronged side is also looking for a ray of hope to build its victory.
        And when talking about war, of course it cannot be placed at the beginning of the list. Dialogue and consultation are the easiest way, but every rule has an exception.

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg stupendous_volcano | Upton Cross Primary School | United Kingdom
    31 Oct 2021

    1a) It would be ok to start a war if in mortal danger. If an event occured, threatening potential damage to your land unfairly then it should be okay to start a war.

    1b) Also, just like in WW2, If an ally of yours is in danger by another party, you would have to step in to defend them. Balance should be kept.

    2a) Many lives could be taken, innocent families and people who have done nothing wrong can be killed, and many cities could be destroyed, causing many peoples hard work to be gone in a matter of a few seconds

    2b) Instead of a war, a treaty could be formed, making the bond between countries even stronger.
    A contract of any type could be established or a set of rules could be in place, anything that doesn't result in the loss of millions of lives. After all, we are all humans!

    In my opinion, it is not okay to start a war as many people will have to put their lives on the line for a matter that was caused by the greed of another. I believe that peace is always the right option.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
      stupendous_volcano's comment 01 Nov 2021

      Excellent answers here that explain your point of view and show careful consideration of the question - which is great listening!

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  • British Council.jpg inventive_violin | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    31 Oct 2021

    I think that war is a double-edged sword, I mean that it has positive effects and negative effects, so I cannot agree or reject, for example, one of the advantages of war: it makes the history of peoples, documents their history, develops cultures and increases knowledge accumulation, creates victories, which consolidates the relationship of the people with the government, repels convictions hostile and prevents it from stretching, twistheavy and light industries; And the development of military technology, and then the city.While the negative aspects of the war: on the environment, caused the destruction of agricultural soil, which affected the fertility of the soil and the burning of forests and trees, and thus the end of plant life in some parts of the world, which led to more pollution and an increase in the proportion of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and the emergence of global warming affecting the climate Earth, as for manDamages the infrastructure and negatively affects the human health interest, including health care and hygiene; Which leads to the emergence of epidemics and also food systems, which leads to malnutrition, and the institutions of transport, communications and electric power are severely affected in wars.
    But despite my words, I think that the negatives of the war outweigh the positives.

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    1. avatar.jpg EXPERT: Alexander @ Clifford Chance
      inventive_violin's comment 10 Nov 2021

      Thank you for your considered comments, inventive_violin. Could you explain why you say that war develops cultures and increases knowledge accumulation?

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  • British Council.jpg broadminded_ladder | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    31 Oct 2021

    I always when I hear about "the war" think of the negative sides first .
    Out of destruction, I see comes a new beginning. A country has benefit from war, by gaining freedom, wealth increasing in power and advancing in technology .
    On the other hand war seems only negative because there is a destruction where millions of innocents people die ,losing their homes, money and all their resources.

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    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
      broadminded_ladder's comment 01 Nov 2021

      I've given this comment a start because you've explored pros and cons in a very concise way which has made me think a lot with only a few words! Can you give an example from history where war has advanced technology?

      Are there other, less destructive ways, to 'gain freedom or advance technology?"

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  • British Council.jpg bright_conversation | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    01 Nov 2021

    It's never ok with me to start a war
    My reasons are that The aftermath of the war includes massive destruction of cities and has long-term effects on the national economy. Armed conflict has indirect negative impacts that are important to infrastructure, public health, and social order. These indirect consequences are often overlooked and underestimated.
    My opinion is that war means a conflict between two powerful groups . which affects others like civilians who are innocent and their only guilt that they were born in a country that has an extremist group.

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    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
      bright_conversation's comment 01 Nov 2021

      You make a powerful point. Are all wars started by extremist groups?

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      1. British Council.jpg bright_conversation | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Tiff @ Topical Talk's comment 01 Nov 2021

        no , I said that because of the situation in Pakistan. but there are unfair wars that it's not between two equal powers like Palestine and the Israeli occupation

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      2. British Council.jpg bright_conversation | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Tiff @ Topical Talk's comment 01 Nov 2021

        starting a war to get freedom is fine with me despite all the loss of lives and buildings. gaining freedom deserves everything you pay for it. defending your own home is a right each living creature has.
        so this is my opinion since freedom is a primer right then no matter what it takes we'll defend our freedom.

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  • British Council.jpg fearless_ostrich | Islamabad Model School for Girls (VI-X) G-11/1 | Pakistan
    01 Nov 2021

    I will briefly explain that I think 🤔 the war will not 🚫 start yet , Because now we will have to suffer a lot of damage because , when the war started , we have mothers , sisters and small children who wash their lives , so we need to prepare the goods for the 🥇 first time that we need to prepare tents 🎪⛺ and war repairs and food 🥝🥑 🍷🍻 items and others things . If all these things happen , we will be able to fight or leave our family's 👭👬👫 have to go and migrate So this is how we conquer the grate war 😊🙂☺️

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  • British Council.jpg articulate_seed | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    01 Nov 2021

    War: It is a conflict between two groups or two countries, and the weapon is a major and very necessary thing in the war.
    The causes of wars are usually the physical or political transgression of a powerful state to rob important things that belong to the state.
    The best army is one of the best soldiers in order to be able to overcome the strong state and thus lead to war, and the war results in damages and benefits. The benefits are that they defeated the state and got rid of its domination over them.

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  • Cheam Fields logo alert_writer | Cheam Fields Primary Academy A | United Kingdom
    01 Nov 2021

    1) If your country were to be provoked to a war-like situation, it would most likely be if another country was starting to invade yours and you wanted to defend your homeland.
    2) It is not OK to start a war because you do not know who it will harm. If your two countries are not getting along, there are less bloody ways to become friends, not harming any innocent lives on the opposing side.
    3) I think it is not ok to start a war because war can affect several innocent, peaceful lives and risk damaging these lives just for the sake of a misunderstanding.

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    1. avatar.jpg EXPERT: Laura @ Clifford Chance
      alert_writer's comment 10 Nov 2021

      Thank you for your comments @alert_writer. Could you further explain your second point about there being other ways to resolve conflict? What methods do you think countries should try first if they are not getting along?

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      1. Cheam Fields logo alert_writer | Cheam Fields Primary Academy A | United Kingdom
        Laura @ Clifford Chance's comment 11 Nov 2021

        The two feuding countries could meet up and share, teach and learn new skills from the other country!

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  • British Council.jpg active_fact | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    01 Nov 2021

    The spread of that destruction due to wars, we cannot cover our eyes from the cause of that destruction. It is war, gentlemen!! Perhaps the most important causes that we are waiting to discuss because of their deadly effects on humanity, people and the whole world. All those wars do not forgive their makers for what they committed. I think the only legitimate war is to defend the sovereignty of his land. But by carrying out the defense, it appears that there is another side that violates the rules and aggression, and perhaps the most common reasons are (1) greed for wealth (2) achieving control and leadership (3) protecting national security

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  • British Council.jpg impartial_lute | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    02 Nov 2021

    It is not acceptable to start a war
    This is because;
    1) War does not find solutions to anything, it only spreads fear and panic in the hearts of everyone, gathers victims and spreads hatred between countries
    2) Peace is the best way to solve problems and obtain stability

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    1. avatar.jpg EXPERT: Kirsty @ Clifford Chance
      impartial_lute's comment 03 Nov 2021

      Thank you for your comment, impartial_lute. How else do you think countries can find solutions to issues? Do you think war can be justified if these other methods do not work?

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  • British Council.jpg sympathetic_analysis | Rajshahi Cadet College | Bangladesh
    02 Nov 2021

    You hear "War", but I glimpse "Destruction" and a million deaths float before my eyes.

    However, this destruction sometimes discloses the rough road to freedom, and sometimes threatens the very existence of humanity. Astonished? Oh, don't be. Death, injury, sexual violence, malnutrition, illness are the constituents of war. War… War takes lives. War kills souls. War destroys dreams. War makes the existence of human civilization worthless. So when asked if it's okay to start a war, I'll adamantly say "NO". I can point out a million reasons to persuade you-

    1) In war, there is just losing, at a cost that staggers everything — our lives, our economy, and squanders the opportunity to do anything better with our collective time and resources on this already beset planet.

    2) War intensifies and eternalizes our other problems, either directly or by depleting precious resources away from the solution. War vanquishes democracy and fosters autocracy and fanaticism; it kills, sickens and impoverishes people; it ravages nature.

    Horrifying, isn't it? Well, we have seen two satisfying reasons for not starting a war. But is there any reason to start one? Of course, there are fair reasons-

    1) If your existence, your entity is threatened, I urge you to participate in a war to defend yourselves.

    2) If a large section of the population of a country is discontented with the unjust ruler because of economic hardship amongst certain sections of the population or perceive injustices committed by the ruling group, they must revolt against the individual or group that rules the country.

    War has become a bygone means of resolving human conflict. War is a keystone problem, and eradicating it greatly simplifies the resolution of other problems. Then there is climate change, the biggest victim of every conflict. Every time we fight each other, we miss out on a more substantial war, which is the battle for the planet's viability.

    So let's oppose war and support peace. Instead of putting all hope on parchment and paper, let's strive to eradicate war and restore peace.

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    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      sympathetic_analysis's comment 02 Nov 2021

      A balanced approach, sympathetic_analysis!

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  • British Council.jpg healthy_antelope | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    02 Nov 2021

    The war should not start!!!

    First: If the war is started, the environmental issues that are already the most important thing to be highlighted at the moment will be ignored, and also the war will destroy the environment and when the war ends, the state will be forced to preoccupy with repairing the destruction,and often you will not find the money to repair half of the destruction that occurred, so it puts itself in two critical situations, the first is the destruction of the environment, the second is the decline in the economy, which is a problem that is certain to occur due to the huge money that was paid on missiles and war tools and when the war ends, famine, poverty and destruction float around, and the state is unable to do anything

    Second: the increase in the death rate due to the war and thus the population rate will decrease, this is not a positive thing, but on the contrary it is the destruction of economic activities in the country due to the lack of skilled labor!!! ,and we have to pay attention to the word experience, because if we are going to hire anyone to do a task, we will not be able to achieve the same results, and thus the economy will decrease , there will be famines, and then civil revolutions, and there will be problems between the government and the people, and the government will sit and discuss among themselves only to stop these uprisings,and they will ignore other issues and so in the near future they will face dire consequences that threaten the state

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    1. avatar.jpg EXPERT: Alexander @ Clifford Chance
      healthy_antelope's comment 10 Nov 2021

      Thank you for your thoughts, healthy_antelope. Can you think of any circumstances in which war could be a justifiable means to protect a nation's environmental or economic interests?

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  • British Council.jpg smart_glacier | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    02 Nov 2021

    I think that starting a war may be the beginning of the end of it
    I mean that peoples sometimes need war to gain their freedom, and they can build their state based on their rights to recover their stolen lands.
    Hence, it protects its people against violations and abuse of its people, protecting them and protecting their property.

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    1. avatar.jpg EXPERT: Kirsty @ Clifford Chance
      smart_glacier's comment 03 Nov 2021

      Thank you for your comment, smart_glacier. Do you think there are other ways countries can protect their freedom and their people before resorting to war?

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      1. British Council.jpg smart_glacier | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Kirsty @ Clifford Chance's comment 06 Nov 2021

        Of course, there are many international organizations that protect the rights and property of individuals, as well as international institutions, and many countries resort to them, but sometimes when the violation is large and the intervention is slow, it does not give the right if other forces are biased
        Sometimes we need war to bring out the voices of lost mothers, children and youth

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  • British Council.jpg appreciative_writer | Khan Younis Prep A Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    02 Nov 2021

    He saw at the beginning of the war in terms of the correct aspect that it works on the strength and unity of the people, but in terms of the bad aspect in terms of the low rate of education, so I gave my opinion: No to stopping education. It is possible to e-learning, for knowledge is light, knowledge in childhood is like engraving on stone.

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  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    03 Nov 2021

    It is not acceptable to start the war first because the war greatly affects the countries and the war destroys the infrastructure, buildings and facilities and this causes great damage to the countries and great material costs and the country is exposed to more external debts
    Secondly, because it affects the social status of the state, as wars lead to family dispersal and force people to leave their homes and flee to safer places and stop advanced medical services for the injured and affected by the war, which leads to death and more physical disabilities and the spread of diseases

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    1. avatar.jpg Rachel @ The Economist
      appreciative_pear's comment 22 Nov 2021

      Why do you think wars are started?

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      1. British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Rachel @ The Economist's comment 15 Dec 2021

        A war can start but more importantly how do you manage it and end it; That is, how to get out of it with the least amount of losses and the greatest amount of gains, and this is the lesson that the countries of the Arab coalition should pay attention to; This country, economically exhausted and living in chronic chaos, will not tolerate a new and long war of attrition. Countries do not go to wars in luxury or simply for the motive of revenge.

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  • British Council.jpg healthy_antelope | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    03 Nov 2021

    Yes
    The first reason: Because war is actually based on exploitation, tyranny and imposition, and these are matters that represent humans, everyone wants to prove himself and his greatness, that is, since it is a natural thing by human nature, yes, war is a natural thing, and its opposite is peace ,and these are natural contradictions

    Second: If the state has interests in this war, this gives it value and increases its privileges, and if it is strong, of course there is a big project and great interests that it would like to obtain,Thus, this country will be able to grow and develop in its economic activities, and since we are going to battle with climate change, this will increase its economy in order to support experts and inventors and fix environmental problems in the country,That is, he will return well to his country, and the country that loses in the war, perhaps this is better for it. For example, when the American forces withdrew from Afghanistan, the world began to think: Did the American forces have to leave?

    This theory was built by me after reading the theories of the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, in which it was mentioned that the strongest always survive

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  • British Council.jpg playful_dragonfruit | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    04 Nov 2021

    Yes, I agree that war should begin. The real victory is that fighting is never allowed to take place, and that the art of war is the art of peace. The greatest victory is that which does not require fighting.” “A wise fighter is he who avoids battle.” To first calculate the cost.” “Consider and consider before you take any step.” “The pinnacle of the art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” “There is no benefit to any nation in prolonging war.” “He who wants to fight must calculate the results.” “To win a hundred battles is not the pinnacle of skill. To subdue the enemy without a fight is the pinnacle of skill. "And also war depends on deception." "Only the enlightened ruler and the wise general use army intelligence for espionage. Thus, we find that they achieve great results." “The expert in combat moves his enemy, and does not allow the enemy to move him.” "Victorious warriors first win, and then go to war. As for defeated warriors, they go to war first, and then seek victory." I also say if your enemy feels safe in all respects, prepare well for him. If he's in a stronger position, avoid him. If your opponent is moody, try to provoke him. Pretend to be weak to make him arrogant. If he takes things easy, don't give him a chance to rest. If his forces are united, separate them from each other. If the monarch and his followers are in harmony, sow discord among them. Attack your enemy where he is not ready, and appear in the unexpected place.” “Show weakness when you are strong, show strength when you are weak.” “Move with the wind, be as solid as wood. Attack like fire, and be steadfast as a mountain. Also, treat your men as you treat your sons whom you love, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys.” “Make your plans as dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, strike like a thunderbolt.” "If you know your own abilities and the capabilities of your opponent, you do not have to fear the results of a hundred battles. If you know yourself, and you don't know your opponent, for every victory you will suffer defeat. If you do not know yourself as you do not know your enemy, you will face defeat in every battle." “There are routes to be avoided, enemies which must not be attacked, cities which must not be besieged, locations which must not be challenged, orders of the monarch not to be obeyed.” "Don't move if there's no point in moving. Don't use your forces unless you have something to gain. Don't fight unless your situation is critical." “Do not repeat the tactic that brought you to victory once, but make your methods as varied as the circumstances dictate.” “If he sends reinforcements everywhere, he will be weak everywhere.” “It is easy to love your friend, but sometimes it is more difficult to love your enemy.” Chaos came from order, fear from courage, weakness from strength. “A leader who advances without thinking of personal glory, and withdraws despite a certain punishment, and the man whose first concern is to protect his people and advance the interests of his ruler, is a national treasure.” Extravagance in rewards is a sign of despair, and extravagance in punishments is a sign of exhaustion. "Prisoner soldiers must be treated kindly." “To fight and win a hundred times is not perfection, because the pinnacle of art is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” All of these matters should be studied well in military academies, and they deserve to be taught in schools because of their impact on behavior in public life, especially among the new generations emerging of young men and girls. Finally, I will say my opinion other than my first opinion. The reality of the situation is that there is no war that is not absurd. All wars are in the depths of absurdity. All of them are not deserved. All of them can be avoided.

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    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      playful_dragonfruit's comment 04 Nov 2021

      Can you tell us where you found these words, playful_dragonfruit? There is a lot in speech marks and so this suggests it is not your own work.

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      1. British Council.jpg playful_dragonfruit | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 05 Nov 2021

        From the book The Art of War, it is a wonderful book that I read last month and I liked the wisdom in it, so I thought to present it to you

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  • British Council.jpg affable_opinion | Pabna Cadet College | Bangladesh
    04 Nov 2021

    I don't think with the goal that the conflict starts. The explanations for my such idea are_

    *Because of this influences the state as a rule, and specifically, it might fail because of the enormous number of fighters' utilization and their huge chronicled spending, however as a rule, since this influences regular citizens and the troopers' families if something happens to them.

    *It would be alright to begin a conflict if in human peril. On the off chance that an occasion occured, compromising likely harm to your territory unjustifiably it ought to be OK to begin a conflict.

    *Also, very much like in WW2, If a partner of yours is in peril by another party, you would need to step in to safeguard them. Equilibrium ought to be kept.

    *Many lives could be taken, honest families and individuals who have done nothing out of sorts can be killed, and numerous urban communities could be obliterated, causing many people groups difficult work to be gone in an issue of a couple of moments

    * Instead of a conflict, a settlement could be shaped, making the connection between nations much more grounded.

    An agreement of any kind could be set up or a bunch of rules could be set up, whatever doesn't bring about the deficiency of millions of lives. All things considered, we are altogether people!

    * In my perspective, it isn't affirm to begin a conflict as many individuals should risk their lives for a matter that was brought about by the insatiability of another. I accept that harmony is consistently the ideal choice.

    * And Finally it influences the state's economy at the point when war is finished, the crushed countries are some of the time needed to pay war restitutions to the triumphant countries.

    At times, the land is surrendered to the successful countries.For instance, in Alsace-Lorraine its portions were exchanged among France and Germany on three unique events.

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  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    04 Nov 2021

    War is an armed conflict or conflict that arises between two or more states, in which each of the disputing parties seeks to destroy the power of the other party or overcome it for political, economic or other reasons. Therefore, it is not possible to start a war first because war destroys the morale of peoples and spreads unemployment in them, thus increasing the rate of crime and declining Morals weaken and values ​​in society are underestimated, and because they are an obstacle in the way of human progress in terms of economic, social and other terms. Secondly, I believe that everything has a positive and a negative, and even war has a positive, where solidarity and social belonging prevail among the members of this people who defend their freedom, restore their dignity, liberate their homeland and make history. It prevents other countries from attempting to interfere or attack the state, develops cultures, increases knowledge accumulations, exposes cultures, and culture prevails over culture, as it develops the economy and increases people’s confidence in themselves.

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  • British Council.jpg fiery_moon | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    05 Nov 2021

    I do not think that the war begins. First, the war has a significant impact on the country, both economically and financially. And the state loses a lot of soldiers. Second: It affects the defeated state in paying money to the victorious state. Territories are ceded to the victorious nations.

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  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    06 Nov 2021

    I think that it is not acceptable to start a war because the war has effects and damages, as it is very large and negatively affects human societies; It wastes people’s resources and wealth, and kills many people without a rational reason, as it is a reason to prevent the progress of humanity at various levels, whether economically, socially or otherwise, and wars also increase the rate of committing crimes, increase the unemployment rate in society, and weaken individuals’ injuries. and weaken morals and good values ​​in society.

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  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    07 Nov 2021

    Peace is the opposite meaning of the word war. Peace works to spread prosperity. And stability between individuals and societies, which helps in building the country and its progress in various fields. As for war and the spread of violence in the country and among people, it leads to ruin, destruction of civilizations, bloodshed, displacement of the countrymen, and other negative aspects.

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  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    08 Nov 2021

    I do not think the right option is to start the conflict because it affects the state greatly and causes material losses and because many people will have to risk their lives and because innocent people who have nothing to do with anything will die

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  • British Council.jpg smart_theory | Start-Rite Schools | Nigeria
    08 Nov 2021

    In my opinion, I feel like in some cases, it is okay and necessary to start a war if needed. Let me give a scenario, imagine country A develops a conflict with country B, country B sent nuclear bombs and missiles to country A (maybe because of insecurity or money laundering CLAIMS), obviously, after trying diplomatic methods, you need to result to war. If this doesn't happen, country A could be taken advantage of and thrown into turmoil.
    Basically, It is ok to go to war when it is absolutely necessary and when diplomatic solutions don't work.

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    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      smart_theory's comment 09 Nov 2021

      Thank you for sharing this explanation and supporting your idea with reasons. Who should decide when diplomatic solutions have not worked?

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  • British Council.jpg entrepreneurial_guitar | Mirzapur Cadet College | Bangladesh
    09 Nov 2021

    As I would like to think, I feel like sometimes, it is OK and important to begin a conflict if necessary.
    Allow me to give a situation, envision country A fosters a contention with country B, country B sent atomic bombs and rockets to country A (perhaps in light of frailty or illegal tax avoidance CLAIMS), clearly, in the wake of attempting strategic techniques, you really want to result to war.
    On the off chance that this doesn't occur, country A could be exploited and tossed into unrest.

    Fundamentally, It is alright to do battle when it is totally essential and when discretionary arrangements don't work.

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  • British Council.jpg smart_theory | Start-Rite Schools | Nigeria
    09 Nov 2021

    Well, the main person in power, like a president or mayor, but the opinion of the general public(the citizens) matter a lot.

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  • Ditton Logo unparalleled_contribution | Ditton Primary School | United Kingdom
    09 Nov 2021

    my initial response is that it is never ok to start a war. War kills and this can never be the right thing to do. War also has other effects such as refugees (people wanting to leave their home to escape war), economic difficulties because business and people cannot work as they usually do and it affects how other countries around the world view the people involved. Instead of declaring war, leaders should discuss and compromise so that the whole of the country is protected.

    On the other hand, if people are being mistreated it could be argued that the national community has a responsibility to intervene and protect those who cannot protect their selves. I still believe that all diplomatic options should be used first as often, the people that are being protected experience more problems.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
      unparalleled_contribution's comment 09 Nov 2021

      A great comment. Can you give examples "diplomatic options"?

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      unparalleled_contribution's comment 10 Nov 2021

      I somewhat agree with you, but to be honest there are people in life that just do not want to compromise. So my question is if you don't think war is the answer, then what do you do in situations where compromise isn't an option.

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      1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
        smart_theory's comment 10 Nov 2021

        This is a very good question, smart_theory! What do you think the answer is?

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  • Ditton Logo clever_planet | Ditton Primary School | United Kingdom
    09 Nov 2021

    It depends on what your starting a war for, in my opinion. For example, if I was to start a war because I wanted more power that would not be right, if I was to start a war because of how people treat particular people different than others it would be right in a personal way- by particular people being treated differently I don't mean people are being treated nicely.No one ever wants to start a war thats why it is a tough question to answer but the answer can be yes or no depending how you look at it.

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  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    10 Nov 2021

    I think that it is not good to start the war because the social studies teacher today told us that when the war begins, it brings with it destruction and separates loved ones because when the war begins, many people will die and thus make a difference between friends and loved ones or someone close to you from the family and also wars destroy buildings And hospitals, as this causes material and financial losses to the state and governments, where wars cause psychological problems for children, because when missiles are bombed, children feel fear, which causes problems and this damages countries and weakens and disperses their people, so it is not acceptable to start a war

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  • Cheam Common logo valuable_twilight | Cheam Common Junior Academy | United Kingdom
    11 Nov 2021

    No it never good to start a war even if you are getting revenge on someone . It puts many people lives in danger and is also putting your life in danger . You need to remember that you should treat people the way you want to be treated. And that you will then have created more future problems . If there is a country that is invading other countries and killing peole it is the time you take notice and maybe start a war .

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  • Ditton Logo super_drum | Ditton Primary School | United Kingdom
    16 Nov 2021

    I do not think it is ok to start a war because it affects people's lives in so many ways and also can end lives - lives that could have done good things for the world. It can lead to involving other countries and the war spreading out over a larger area - this happened in World War two as more and more countries became involved.

    I think that a war is justified when countries protect other countries that are defenseless. Again, this is how Britain became involved in World War two - they made an agreement with Poland that they would protect them from attack.

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      super_drum's comment 16 Nov 2021

      Thank you for joining the conversation, super_drum. Well done for making links between your learning in history lessons and current world events.

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  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg best_insect | Graveney School | United Kingdom
    17 Nov 2021

    I believe that no war should be acceptable and the only war that should be ok is a war of words as a war of violence kills lives but with a war with words disputes are settled and no one gets hurt.

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  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg joyful_chocolate | Graveney School | United Kingdom
    17 Nov 2021

    In my opinion, I think that it is never ok to start a war because, for example, if the reason of a war was because of country hatred, then it is quiet pointless to start a war as each country fighting will be killing and harming people as well as putting the opposing countries people in a very difficult when they are most likely innocent. There are no good reasons to start a war as this would just cause hundreds of innocent deaths and put lots of people's life in danger.

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  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    19 Nov 2021

    I think that war has negatives, including destroying homes and homes, abandoning villages, making people refugees and displaced persons, and destroying hospitals. Therefore, in wars we see many dead, destroy infrastructure, cause people mental illnesses due to fear and anxiety, separate loved ones and friends, and cause poverty and weakness for people. Some believe that war has advantages because after the war, they get a sum of money to meet their needs

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  • Cheam Common logo playful_cookie | Cheam Common Junior Academy | United Kingdom
    19 Nov 2021

    1)One one side,I believe that it is a positive thought to begin war because the opponent might have started a very serious problem that might have torn peoples heart (e.g Bombs might have been dropped on top of innocent people and many might have been killed which is a horror-striking news to the rest of their family ; the bombers might have unfortunately evaded capture though).With this problems,the victims will want revenge for sure so they might begin a conflict.This is positive as they teach the criminals a lesson.
    2)On the other hand, beginning war is a serious and hazardous issue.Whilst having a normal life,people might begin a sudden war and end the life of thousands of guilt-free and blameless people.This is not alright as they were not prepared and will possibly have their future snatched away from them cunningly.
    3)In my opinion,starting a war is not at all acceptable due to the amount of lives it costs to help save the country.Also no matter what,everyone should be friends:countries are countries who are all friends so therefore the dwellers in the country should all also be friends.

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    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      playful_cookie's comment 22 Nov 2021

      Well done for giving both sides of argument, playful_cookie!

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  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    20 Nov 2021

    It is not acceptable for the war to start because the war brings with it destruction, as it leads to dispersal among family members, and the rights of children are lost, and causes them to be disabled, and terror enters our hearts, causing psychological diseases , causing air pollution, destroying infrastructure and buildings, and making the state need a large financial cost in order to cover the expenses War, which causes weakness and collapse of the state

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  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    22 Nov 2021

    I think that it is not acceptable to start the war because the war brings with it destruction, tragedies and meanings, and it is the reason for the displacement of many people and destroys the infrastructure and causes us psychological diseases and harms the economy of the state and changes the course of our lives and destroys humanity and damages material things such as buildings, hospitals and homes, which costs the state expensive money

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  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    23 Nov 2021

    I think that it is not acceptable to start the war because it includes meanings and tragedies for example many people die and some of them but housing and no food and even children and women are not treated fairly

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  • Cheam Common logo knowledgeable_durian | Cheam Common Junior Academy | United Kingdom
    23 Nov 2021

    In my opinion, it is okay to start a war if your land is in danger, if it is unfairly controlled or if you are threatened by people. However, wars can take many innocent lives from innocent people, so it is not okay to start a war, just to gain control.

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    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      knowledgeable_durian's comment 24 Nov 2021

      Can you think of a war that has been started because a country wanted to gain control, knowledgeable_durian?

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  • British Council.jpg independent_technology | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    07 Dec 2021

    I think it is not acceptable to start a war
    Because that will weaken the state, it will lose money, it will reduce its educational level, its democratic and economic level, and it may lead to weakness and destruction of the state and take years to rebuild the state again.
    It will lead to the displacement of some citizens and become under the name (refugees)....!

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  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    15 Dec 2021

    It is not acceptable for war to begin because wherever wars have occurred in any country in the world, it brings with it nothing but destruction, devastation, bloodshed, pain and tears. With it, construction stops and the wheel of development stops, corruption and depression prevail, famines, diseases and epidemics spread, food and medicine are scarce, basic commodities disappear, and prices rise.. Whatever the strength of the state. Which wages its military wars, and whatever its might and the strength of its economy, it crumbles and is affected by the launching of wars.. This is for the major countries and the economically and militarily strong, let alone the backward and economically weak countries

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