a reply to: makemap
As a vague question, war profiteers make more profits from wars, the build up to new wars, and the cleanup & stabilization efforts after previous
wars. Ending the warring cycle would cut into the war-based economy.
As for your specific examples:
1. The United States achieved its goal of independence in the American Revolutionary War. The goal wasn't to take down imperialism of any form, much
less to make eternal enemies with Great Britain.
2. The American Civil War only lasted for 4 years and it succeeded in forcing the States to stay together as a union. So the war did end.
2a. The KKK was actually started after the Civil War ended.
2b. Not only was the Civil War not
a war of extermination, but nearly all of the confederates were given a blanket amnesty after the war ended
). And confederacy related stuff was never banned after the Civil War (unlike
how Nazism was banned in Germany after WW2), hence why confederacy-related literature and materials are still around today.
2c. The 13th Amendment ended slavery in the US except in the case of imprisonment. But don't you think it's kind of naive to assume that everyone in
the world is going to stop exploiting other people just because of some words on a piece of paper?
3. How did the US not conclude the Spanish-American War? That war had nothing to do with ending the Spanish royalty; Cuba later had a communist
revolution which changed our dynamic there; etc. Civilization doesn't stop just because the goals of a specific war were achieved.
4. WW2 wasn't a war to end imperialism. If anything, it was the Cold War that saw the end of most of the world's empires. In fact, the US tried to
help France regain its former colony "French Indochina" (modern day Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia) after WW2 ended, which was the cause of the 1st and
2nd Indochina Wars (the 2nd's known as the Vietnam War in the US).
4a. The Japanese Emperor was basically a living deity in Imperial Japan. It's not a stretch to say the entire nation would've fought to the last man
to protect the Emperor's life. So a compromise was made where the Emperor was allowed to stay in a reduced position of power as long as he declared an
end to Japanese war efforts. Japan then became an ally.
4b. China was in the middle of a civil war during WW2. The Chinese communists were fighting against the pro-Western govt (look into the Opium Wars and
the Unequal Treaties to understand this point). The Japanese invaded China which led to the communist rebels and govt forces making a temporary
ceasefire so they could collectively drive out the Japanese. After the Japanese were kicked out, the communists and govt continued their war. The
communists won, the pro-western govt exiled to Taiwan, and the next phase began.
As for this:
Any other war was not necessary after that except the fall of Soviet Union. Could've left Asia to Asians instead of getting involved with Civil
Uh, you should probably look into the Cold War & decolonization. It's too complex to give a vague, blanket answer.
edit on 23-1-2018 by
enlightenedservant because: clarified something. hmph