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Why is war futile?

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You will gain a variety of answers to this question.   Some will argue that it is futile because of the massive loss of life and displacement that results from it. Even in the most compelling of wars, the amount of dead and/ or injured, as well as the number of those who are homeless or orphaned as a result are staggering totals.  At the same time, an argument can be made that war is futile because it is infinitely regressive and continues on no matter what.  Wars are waged and fought and while individuals might believe that a particular war is so bad that it "will end all wars," another one ensues afterwards.  I would think that another reason why war is futile would be...

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This is more of a philosophical question rather than a practical one which can be answered based on clearly ascertainable facts.

I would agree that war is futile for the person who forces war on others because, what one can obtain from cooperation is much more than what is possible by force and war.

However war is not futile for one who fights to defend and protect himself or herself against an oppressor or an aggressor. In such cases, war may be the best alternative, irrespective of the ultimate outcome of the war.