Manufactured Wars In American History Essay

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Manufactured Wars in American History The word, war, is a myth per se. Primarily, it is fueled by nationalism. Nationalism unites the nation under the label of ‘national identity.’ But is there such thing as national identity? Are we all identical in one particular aspect? Besides nationalism, there a number of tools in the hands of those who are ready to sacrifice millions of human lives on the altar of warfare. Mythmaking is one of these. It is a useful method for politicians to make a case for war. Element of this type of mythmaking is differentiating between the we-ness versus they-ness and it is usually laid on moral basis. In this sense, if we think of modern wars we immediately identify it with the M2 construct. Nevertheless, the…show more content…
President Woodrow Wilson declared neutrality. Citizens of the US did not want to go to war. However, on the 7th of May 1915, a British luxury ocean liner called the Lusitania with number of American passengers on board was torpedoed by a German submarine U-20 on enemy waters – in war zone. Because of this, some people believe that the ship was a blockade runner and thus a legitimate target. The sinking turned public opinion in many countries against Germany and caused a wave of anger among American citizens. Short time after, US entered the war. The idea of course was the well-known Redeemer Nation theory and making the world safe for democracy against the ‘axis of evil,’ making a clear identification between the good and the bad. On December 7th 1941, Japan attacked the American fleet at Pearl Harbor. Generally speaking, people do not want to go to war. That was the case before Pearl Harbor as well. 83% of the American Public did not wanted nothing to do with the War. After Pearl Harbor 1 million men volunteered for war. Nationalism and national identity was fueling them, the myths that are with us since we learned our languages and the moral standards in which we were brought up. This meant a fatal against their sense of
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