Why Is Peace Necessary To Maintain Peace

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The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines peace as, “a state of tranquility or quiet: such as...freedom from civil disturbance” or ,” a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom.” In the 4th Century AD, the Roman writer Vegetius stated, “If you want peace, prepare for war.” Although this statement appears to contradict itself, it is still ethically sensible because when peace is interrupted, action must be taken to restore it, and that action might have to be war. There are several stories throughout History such as: Henry V, the American Revolutionary War, The Spanish American war, The Rwandan Genocide, and World War 2, that all show several occasions where war was necessary to retain peace. The statement by Vegetius is ethically…show more content…
Personal freedom includes one’s ability to believe, think, and act how they choose without being punished for it. During The American Revolutionary War, the peace of the colonists was being interfered with when Great Britain was issuing overbearing taxes and controlling their lives. After civil objections, “many Americans perceived war and independence as a last resort,”(Overview of the American Revolutionary War, Civilwar.org). The American colonists fought for independence from Great Britain as a means to achieve the peace they had been deprived of. As the war came to an end, “...peace negotiations took place in Paris... large-scale fighting had ended. At the time that the Treaty of Paris was signed in 1783,” (Overview of the American Revolutionary War, Civilwar.org). The American Revolutionary war helps show that in the case of ethically sensible to prepare for war if you want peace because after negotiations fail, aggression is necessary to claim the personal freedom that every person is entitled to. In this case, the American colonists had to fight for the peace they desired by breaking free from an over controlling
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