posted on Mar, 16 2012 @ 06:29 PM
Find me a long time period any nation or culture hasn't been a part of some war, conflict, police action, what have you. In all of human history it is
hard to do. If you're asking about "relative" peace, easy enough, but the U.S. is certainly not unique as far as conflict is concerned.
Prior to 1862, there was no standing army. After the Civil War, a standing army was present and continued conflict, of a "smaller nature" took place.
All the banana republic wars that no history books mention, the Spanish American War, the Phillipines insurrection, the Mexican Border conflict, etc
until involvement in WW1 (keep in mind the constant warfare in Europe and Asia happening simultaneously). Between 1920 and 1941, there was a standing
army but no wars. American volunteers fought the Spanish fascists and Japanese (The Flying Tigers) prior to Pearl harbor, but it was not as part of
the US Military.
Of course, if you are including the Indian Wars, they were practically constant until 1890.
Humans are violent beings, by nature. If you think we are peaceful creatures that are being manipulated by horrible bad guys, you don't know much
about history or biology. Watch a documentary about chimpanzees or baboons. It will tell you alot about human nature. Primates, in general, are
violent and live according to hierarchies and have tribal social instincts.
ETA: From a more sinister perspective, think about the unsustainability of the ever growing population as well as the internal conflicts that always
erupt in any society. Google and read the Report from Cold Mountain. War is the organizing principle of any human society.
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