While the cons of war are myriad, including loss of life (both military and civilian), extreme economic strain and political or social disputes at home, there are nevertheless times when war may be said to be justified, such as when it functions as a measure of national self-defense or else as a means to prevent or alleviate a human rights violation. It is not always clear when wars are fought for a "just cause," however.Continue Reading
Often, a war that starts out as "just" will lose public support fairly rapidly after it has begun. Such was the case of the Bush administration's 2003 war in Iraq. Although around three quarters of the American public supported the military action when it commenced, only half as many were in favor of it after three years.
Wars of punishment may be accepted as just by some, but not by everyone.
There are times when war is inevitable, such as when forced to defend against an enemy invasion. In such cases, most would agree that war is justified. However, wars might be argued as self-defense on more dubious grounds as well, such as the assassination of a leader, an attack on an overseas embassy, an attack on an ally or the imposition of a trade embargo. Even something as non-aggressive as flag-burning might be viewed as "just cause" for war.Learn more about Military
Some pros of a military draft include a strong national security force, reduced unemployment, increased character and diversity in society, and reduced government budgets for military recruitment. Some cons of a military draft include increased government cost for training of larger groups of people, young recruits often losing parts of their youth in military service, recruits with families sometimes leaving their families behind, and the amount of training of a drafted soldier is often less than a professional soldier.Full Answer >
Pros of women fighting in combat include military readiness, effectiveness and a greater ability to adapt to different demographics, while cons of women in combat include lesser physical ability and the risk of abuse by the enemy. Properly trained and conditioned, women can often be just as effective in battle as men.Full Answer >
In addition to rights outlined by the U.S. Constitution to every citizen, veterans of the United States have rights to health care, disability compensation, pensions, education and vocational training, and home loan guarantees, states The Free Dictionary. These rights depend on several factors involving discharge status and time served.Full Answer >
The pros of the National Rifle Association are that it lobbies for the rights of gun owners across the United States. The cons of the NRA are that guns are a major cause of death, be it by murder, accident or suicide.Full Answer >