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War Is Nothing More Than Organized Crime.

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Organised crime is not relative. It is universally condemned, because most right-thinking individuals realise that such activity is detrimental to the human race as a whole. War on the other hand refuses to be evaluated objectively, because it is an act of violence sanctioned by the state, an amorphous entity claiming to represent the views, beliefs and morality of its citizenry, and that is why war is far more insidious than organised crime."Crime" is a word that brings to mind acts of selfishness, antisocial acts that disrupt the functioning of society, that cause hurt or suffering. It is always evaluated while bearing in mind fairness, and thus what is unfair is often a crime. Stealing relegates property that rightfully belongs to its owner to someone else. Murder deprives an individual of the right to live. It is this innate moral compass that helps the majority of men to be able to judge what is crime and what is not, and therefore crime appears to us as a cut-and-dried subject, easily defined and identified.What about war? Indeed, there are still many men in this modern world who in their great wisdom proclaim that war is an amoral tool which can be used for good, or for the greatest evil. Genghis Khan, the Great Mongol Conqueror (if conquering through bloodshed accrues greatness) once said, "Let him who desires peace, prepare for war." His enemies all agreed with him on this point, yet perished underneath the unshod hooves of stocky Mongol ponies. Our leaders today tell us that war must be an option made available to the nation-state, lest we should lose our peace. Some primal instinct that makes us uneasy with war must still flow through our veins, for men to have to keep thinking of new, pallid platitudes and aphorisms to justify war.Could it be that this primal instinct is related to the innate moral compass that helps us identify what is criminal? Let us look at the similarities between crime and war. The former involves taking property belonging to someone else; the latter involves taking territory belonging to someone else because you believe it rightfully belongs to you. Crime sometimes involves killing; war requires you to kill, to defend your nation. Once again we see the constant need to justify war. It is, in the eyes of its proponents, a very human attempt to deliver justice on a political scale.The concept of a just war is not new. St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo in the 5th century in the year of Our Lord, wrote that a state should not be the aggressor, should not kill women and children and should strive to end the war as quickly as possible. This hardly seems criminal, since a just war strives to be fair. The act of war cannot be organised crime because of this aspiration, it is not even similar to crime because it claims to be sanctioned by a great body of people, a society. It is for these...

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