Howard Zinn is someone I admire greatly because his words are truly inspirational. He has written many books such as his most recent Just War, The Unraveling of the Bush Presidency, and A Power Governments Can not Suppressed. His straightforward and candid discussion, analysis, and insights into history inspires further thought and contemplation on events we think we are experts in.
In this day and age, all we hear about is war and destruction all over the world. Everyday we are bombarded with the media ‘s stories on war and conflict. We have become to a certain degree become so familiar with violence that we almost expect to see something bad all the time in the news. Maybe that is the problem: we have talked ourselves into believing and accepting that violence is normal and part of life and to get use to it. Are we becoming a society that accepts everything we see because we are too lackadaisical to want to discover the truth?
I saw a video on Youtube where Howard Zinn was asked if he thinks war can be categorized as just or unjust. I like the the response he gives. He says that any war should be seen as unjust. I agree with his statement “There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people for a purpose which is unattainable.” For example, the Iraq war, we went in there to take Saddam out, but as a consequence there are millions of displaced citizens and the dead. Some of these people do not care who is right or wrong. They just want to live their life in peace.
Is it part of human nature to be agressive? Is war a natural progression of civilization?