2004 — 4th Place — 8th
Alex Brands, Florida
Can there be world peace?
Can world peace be accomplished when human
judgment and human opinion cause conflicts? Will the United States'
strategy of using war to fight peace prevail or will this strategy
demolish the world's dream of peace? Can there be world peace
or will human nature make war inevitable.
World peace is an effort the United States has been working towards
for years; trying to be "the police of the world" and
keep radical countries under control. These efforts have not gone
unnoticed. The United States military is currently in Iraq and
Afghanistan fighting a war against "terrorism" and attempting
to "nation build" at the same time. As a nation, we
are trying to bring peace to the world by fighting those who oppose
democracy and self-rule. I feel these tactics will never prevail
due to the fact that using violence to create peace will continue
a cycle of war and peace eras simply because war begets war.
As humans, we also have opinions, although we don't always take
action based on our opinions, opinions remain. For instance, I
disagree with the United States government regarding the war in
Iraq. I do not believe the troops should be in Iraq. However that
does not mean I will not support the troops. Some people act upon
their opinions and protest; still others take more action. In
World War II Hitler had a poor opinion of the Jews and acted upon
it by exterminating millions of people, which resulted in the
Difference in religious beliefs also make world peace difficult.
Today's world has a variety of religions. Some religious followers
are peaceful, others violent. Conflicts over religious values
create religious rivalry and discontentment between religious
groups and within religious group. For example, there are two
religions groups in Ireland, the Catholic and the Protestant.
These two groups have had conflict over beliefs and land for many
years. There also exists today within the Islamic community, religious
discontentment. Muslim extremists believe that if they die in
martyrdom they will go to heaven regardless if they kill others
in the process.
In summary, achieving world peace is very difficult due to the
impact of conflicting human opinions and differences in religious
beliefs. These factors contribute to a never-ending cycle of ware
and peace. War is inevitable if citizens of the world cannot put
their differences aside and live in harmony. Trying to achieve
peace through violence only creates differences in opinion and
discontentment, which in turn, breeds more war.
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