Socially constructed war LO30012

From: Gijs Houtzagers (
Date: 03/23/03

Replying to LO30009 --

Hi Jan,

You are quite right. I think that in a modern society there are other ways
available than war. Howevere sometimes I hesitate because the result after
a war can be more positieve than before (thinking of Afghanistan), but
that is perhaps the result of the "western" concept what is better. For
religious moslim fanatics it is probably worse.

This war is wrong because it doesn't fit the social contract we have
agreeed upon: only the UN, by means of the security counsil can go for war
and I consider that misfit a very dangerous situation. In fact if you have
more power than the other ones and you want something from somebody you
can get it.

This calls for actions that were not possible in the cold war and will
provide scenarios we cannot guess. Look for instance now what is happening
with the invasion of Turkey in northern Iraq (get the Kurds).

I have studied History in the past and know something of military things.
I think the current situation will become more unsure than the period of
the cold war.


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