“I get so sad , and also can’t stop thinking about it. I can’t ignore the fact that they are suffering.“
The solution to feeling sad is action.
“How are you going to stop war in the world? You can’t it’s impossible. You can stay as positive as you want its not going to stop war.“
There have been, over the past few centuries, many treaties which have defined and redefined what is and is not permitted in a war. We’ve moved on a long way from the massive horrific hack-people-to-death battles of the middle ages that in a couple of days could kill a significant percentage of a country’s men.
- All sorts of tactics and weapons have been banned because of their cruelty or long term effects.
- Rules have come in about targeting civilians and what is permitted by those in uniform and what is forbidden by those who are not.
- The law has changed around much of the world regarding conscription; it is no longer legal to force someone to fight and kill others if it is against their conscience to kill.
So, there have been many changes made to violent conflict.
There have also been changes to prevent conflict, such as:
- The formation of the EU which arose from a treaty designed to prevent another war between France, Italy and German.
- International courts have been set up on every continent to prosecute those who break these treaties and laws.
- The League of Nations and then the United Nations were formed to provide somewhere for communication to occur so war can be avoided.
So, there have been changes made to prevent conflict. These have all happened because people have been active and made them happen.
I don’t think violent conflict will ever be eliminated. But we can continue to prevent it, reduce it, constrain it and clean up after it to minimise its impact.