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by Yagmurov Farhad, Turkmenistan Mar 20, 2009
Culture , Peace & Conflict , Human Rights   Opinions


“…Early in the morning, the sun has risen and birds are already singing songs making all livings happy about the coming day. A usual farmer stands in the field and looks into a distance. Everything is calm and quiet. Suddenly, he hears a noise. It is strange and foreign to him, a noise that becomes closer and louder with every second. Now he feels the land shake. Few moments later there is a horrible scene shown on the field. Dead man lies on the field and aircrafts, who killed him, have flown away…”
It was June 22, 1941, the day when the USSR faced with World War Two. As a result 72,000,000 people died. Why do such terrible things happen? The purpose of war is obvious: to gain land, promote ideology, and to attain glory.
From ancient times until now, territory is the main goal to make war. Empires were built by fighting. For example, the Roman Empire developed its own capital and a native land by triumphing over the other nations of Western Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East, and the southern seacoast of the Mediterranean, which was under the Roman power for about five centuries. The Romans conquered more than enough territory, by starting wars of expansionism. Moreover, lands include resources, which can become a reason to make war.

Finally, ambitions of glorious empires lead to groundless conquests causing the death of hundreds of thousands of people. The usual, groundless reason is glory. For example, Alexander the Great formed own empire after his success in campaigns against the king of the Persians, Darius III. One historian writes, “He conquered much of what was then the civilized world, driven by his divine ambition of the world conquest and the creation of a universal world monarchy.” The reason for this huge warfare was only the glory that Alexander dreamt about, an empire that stretched from the coast of the North Pacific Ocean to the Crimea, from Siberia to the coast of the Indian Ocean. Furthermore, from the history it is known that Chingis Khan created the biggest empire. For instance, Chingis Khan became a leader of his tribe at the age of thirteen. This made him a self-confident and ambitious leader. Chingis Khan conquered not only for glory and for his people, he conquered to satisfy his personal ambitions. The dream of being the Lord of the world is an ambition and a kind of glory forced Asian Khan to conquer huge territory.
To sum up, times have changed, but the purposes of war are the same: fighting for territory and enrichment, advocating a style of life to others, and self-ambitions. All wars bring some changes, sometimes even good ones. For instance, when a war ends, people start to restore the economy, infrastructure, and political relations. They do it considering previous mistakes; thus, it gives the opportunity to build a flourishing country. However, the question is what methods are used during military actions, the suffering and deaths of million people. Satisfaction of one’s ambitions or meeting the need of a country must not be done by means of war. The only valid reason for starting an armed conflict is self-defense. No other “excuses” are allowed!



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Yagmurov Farhad

Farhad Yagmurov
Business Administration department in AUCA, Bishkek. Kirgizstan
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