How have our views on war changed over time?
Nothing can impact society like war. War can be viewed as noble and just, or cruel and inhuman, as well as everything in between. War affects everyone in society whether they are fighting in a foreign country or waiting at home for a loved one to return. War is an indispensable part of civilization; found at every chapter of human history. It is the culmination of the basic survival instinct when provoked. As has the technique of battle; society's view on war has changed as well. Today the act of war has become almost shameful, whereas in earlier eras war was glorified and heroic. American society's view on war has changed also. Our history, even as a young country has seen a great deal
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Some believe a modern war is too expensive to finance, they want the money spent on programs like education, health care and social security. "A majority of Americans say the result of the war with Iraq was not worth "the loss of American life and other costs"(Center For American Progress, 2004) They view the war as an unnecessary use of power, while supporters claim the removal of a dictator was essential for the country to be a successful democracy. What this all comes down to is that the way we view wars today has changed over since the nations first wars. This is somewhat related to how society itself has changed. Television, movies, and the media have given us a new understanding how things happen and the exchange of information has never been this substantial. "For the first time in modern history, the outcome of a war was not determined on the battlefield but on the printed page" (Views, 2004) Sixty years ago the general public was pretty oblivious to the daily happenings on the battle front. The time it took to relay statistics and information could be measured in days, not seconds. "Technology has changed the way the war will be covered. Hand-held video cameras, laptop computers and 24-hour news channel broadcasts will provide an immediacy not seen in other conflicts. Journalists will put a human face on the war effort -- and it won't be particularly pleasant viewing from our living room chairs." (Views, 2004)