Why We War

September 9, 2017
(was 12.13.2015)

Armed conflicts. Insurgencies. Civil Wars. Invasions. Syria. Iraq. Afghanistan. Nigeria. Ukraine. South Sudan. Gaza. Yemen.  The world is at war. Why?

  1. The Worth of War

    The title of  Political Scientist Benjamin Ginsberg's book says it all, “The Worth of War.”In it he argues that war has greatly benefited civilization, and yes, has worth.

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  2. War is Beautiful

    War is Beautiful. That’s the conclusion David Shields made after analyzing 100s of New York Times front page war photos since 9/11. He says the New York Times has made war beautiful and thus are complicit.

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  3. War is Revenge

    Revenge is a major theme in Elliot Ackerman’s debut novel “Green on Blue.” The novel is told from the point-of-view of an Afghan boy named Aziz who’s seeking to avenge his brother Ali. It may seem strange to have an American tell the story of an Afghan boy, especially when that American served in the military in Afghanistan. But Ackerman told Rehman Tungekar that fighting in Afghanistan is what compelled him to tell the story this way.

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  4. Is War Inevitable?

    Is war inevitable? Leymah Gbowee loudly and strongly says NO. And she’s got proof. In 2003, the civil war in Liberia raged on. Remember, this was a war that seemingly had no end with unspeakable atrocities on both sides.  Gbowee said no more. She led the women of Liberia in a non-violent protest that ended the civil war. Not only that her efforts led to the ouster and imprisonment of the ruthless dictator Charles Taylor. And for all those efforts she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.

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  5. 50th Anniversary of "A Love Supreme"

    This year we mark the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme.”  And this is not just great jazz. This piece inspires a spiritual response in many listeners – like Steve Paulson. So he sat down with Bishop King, founder of the Church of St. John Coltrane, and with Ashley Kahn, author of “A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album” to dig a little deeper.

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