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America's Decision To Jump Into World War Ii Was Justified

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Throughout history, many people have debated over the ethics of war and peace which lead to the creation of the just war theory. There have been a number of wars in the past and even in today’s world that have been proven to be unjustified by the means of this theory. Any war in my opinion, is hard to justify due to the violence, destructiveness, the nature of humans doing during war, and the impact it has on humans and the world. However, I have chosen to discuss why America’s decision to jump in to World War II was justified and by proving it by using the just war theory, mainly focusing on jus as bellum.
To understand and to explain the decision for America to enter World War II in 1941 is to take a few steps back to when the war first broke out and why. War broke out in 1939 when Nazi Germany invaded and successfully took over Poland. It was not until two days later that Britain and France declared war on Germany which turned it into World War II. But before explaining that any further, it is important to know what the leading causes were that lead to World War II. Now let’s take a jump back into time to the year of 1919 when World War I ended. World War I officially ended on June 28, 1919 when the Versailles Treaty was signed.
The details of the Versailles Treaty were negotiated and finalized in Paris, France at the Paris Peace Conference. The debate of the treaty open on January 18, 1919 which was mostly controlled by the numbers from the allied powers that participated while Germany was not even invited. However, it was the “big three” who were the most influential in the conference during the development of the treaty. The group that was dubbed the “big three” consisted of Prime Minister David Lloyd of the United Kingdom, Prime Minister George Clemenceau of France, and President Woodrow Wilson of the United States. The Versailles Treaty was a very long and wide-ranging document that contained 440 articles that was divided into 15 sections. The harsh terms of the treaty can be categorized in to four groups. The first group is the Covenant of the League of Nations which was the creation of the League of Nations and their members that is covered in articles one through 21 of the treaty. However, Germany was not allowed to join yet. The second group is territorial in which Germany had to give up a good chunk of her land and had to give back the land that was over taken by Germany. The third group is categorized as military in which Germany took a huge blow to their army. According to avalon.law.yale.edu, “By a date which must not be later than March 31, 1920, the German Army must not comprise more than seven divisions of infantry and three divisions of cavalry. After that date the total number of effectives in the Army of the States constituting Germany must not exceed one hundred thousand men, including officers and establishments of depots. 6 battleships of the Deutschland or Lothringen type, 6 light cruisers, 12 destroyers, 12 torpedo...

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