(In the last week, Michael C. signed out on terminal leave from the U.S. Army. Why did he leave active duty? In a few weeks, Michael will attempt to explain himself. In the meantime, we continue our series "Will humans ever stop fighting wars?" Today’s entry comes from a few of our close friends. Feel free to drop us your response in the comment section, on twitter or by email.)
Jon S. (Active Duty Soldier)
I think humans will stop fighting humans someday. But it will require a) zombies b) evil robots or c) a golden path (divine or Isaac Asimov/Frank Herbert style).
Michael S. (Active Duty Soldier)
I partially agree with Jennifer. In order to eliminate conflict you would first need to eliminate the drivers of conflict, primarily scarcity with ideology playing a supporting role.
In the near and medium term I don’t think these problems are going away. For all you doctrine buffs out there FM 3-0 lays out a pretty convincing case that we’re entering an age of persistent instability (youth bulges, climate change, decreasing resources etc).
In the long term? I don’t know. Most Speculative Fiction writers seem to think that warfare is here to stay, but long term predictions are tricky things. XKCD did a good comic on this.
Jacob Y. (Active Duty Airmen)
Humans will never stop fighting wars because of lack of resources and pride. Word.
Casey S. (Teacher)
Admittedly, when I considered the question, my initial reaction was “no, humans will never stop fighting wars”. But when I thought about it, I couldn’t see European nations or the United States fighting each other again. I couldn’t see us fighting Russia or China, or them fighting each other, or either of them fighting any European nations or Japan. The global economy has created a condition in which we are all far too dependent upon each other, and the risks are too great. In addition, I don’t believe that making war is human nature. In fact, I think war is quite unnatural. I think societies have grown under conditions which make war unavoidable, but democratization has made such efforts much more difficult. One only needs to look at the lack of international action in places like Rwanda and Darfur to realize that it has become extremely hard for industrialized democratic nations to commit to war. Hopefully, this trend will spread to the developing parts of the world, and society can become more universal and less fragmented. To a certain extent, I believe this is what we have seen in the decades since World War II. If that continues, then war may someday be a thing of the past.