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The term war is one that most competent English speaking people are familiar with and it is one that most of those same people could attempt to define The only problem lies in the definition that one would receive War is so complex and multifaceted that it is truly understood by only a few people Wars date far back into history and they have been fought for more reasons than could be listed It seems strange but ultimately they are fought for one reason Freedom is usually the issue behind every war since the beginning of time It is only logical that in a war there must be some form of a protagonist as well as an antagonist but in many cases it is unclear who gets which label The American Civil War is a perfect example The South wanted the freedom to make decisions that benefited a largely agricultural society and when that freedom was denied they withdrew from the Union The Union on the other hand viewed the South as a group of radicals making an attempt to dissolve the unity of states that their ancestors had worked so hard to create As a result they felt their freedom of unity and nationhood had been taken away It is difficult to say who was in the right but when all of the negotiations had been exhausted war was the result In this case there was no other option because both sides believed in their cause Gen William T Sherman said war is hell and that quote has remained famous because even though simple it is accurate American men spent weeks at a time in rat infested trenches with lice all over their bodies in both World War One and Two There are countless examples of horrible war crimes biological weapons napalm strikes and of course nuclear weapons War has claimed millions of lives throughout history War is glorified by many but
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