North Korea is again issuing threats of war. Al-Qaeda has recently moved into the African nation of Mali and faces the military response of France. War in Syria continues to rage and threatens expansion into Turkey and Israel. Terrorism continues globally. Added to these examples of armed violence, there remain serious issues faced by populations that could trigger war—hunger, poverty, and political repression. Is there a means by which the level of conflict globally can be reduced significantly and peace reasonably assured?
On the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies website, History Professor Dr. Howard Zinn offers his perspective regarding man’s “nature” and war. In your opinion, is it man’s nature to be aggressive, to fight, and to wage war? Or, is man peaceful by nature and his participation in war the product of government coercion, manipulation, and policies?