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War as a Last Resort

" A major problem with this premise is that different parties may perceive the relative values of good and evil associated with a particular revolution or civil ware quite differently. In the 1980s, as an example, the Reagan Administration in the United States found no problems in justifying the activities of the Contra guerrillas in Nicaragua, while at the same time denouncing the guerrilla activity in neighboring El Salvador. Many other governments assessed the two situations differently from the American assessment. It largely depended upon whose ox was being gored.

War is also justified on other grounds. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel thought that war was the catalyst through which the purpose of mankind was brought to fruition. Thus, according to this perception, humanity had to either accept war or stagnate. It was Friedrich Nietzsche who provided the most pervasive justification for war of any type, and the romanticized concept of a just war for a just cause. In Thus Spake Zarathustra, Nietzche said that "a good war hallows every cause." American historians often cite Nietzsche as the philosophical guru for the Nazis in the Germany of the 1930s and 1940s; however, Americans have justified their own wars right down, along with the actions of seemingly countless American surrogat


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