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War does not always have the simple goal of killing as many of the enemy as you can The motives behind war are often complex and not always vicious attempts to gain power Often times a nation must enter a war to secure peace in the future This was the case when Woodrow Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war Since the early days of the war when Wilson asked the nation to be impartial in their thoughts about the war he fought to maintain the United States neutrality By sending his close friend Colonel House and other envoys Wilson diplomatically delayed war until the last possible moment However Wilson knew that war was inevitable It was imperative for the United States to enter the war because it had become a threat to humanity and unless the United States intervened Western civilization itself might be destroyed Garraty pg 665 Wilsons main reason for involving the United States in the war was to be included in peace talks following the end of the fighting Had the United States not entered the war neither the Allies nor the Central Powers would let the US involve itself in the peace talks Wilson knew that it was essential for the US to be a part of these talks The majority of statesmen thought that a victory on the battlefield was triumph enough but Wilson knew better than that Wilson realized that the victory would be wasted if the winners permitted themselves the luxury of revenge Garraty pg 674 It was important for the victor to forgive and forget and begin to build a better society Unfortunately for Wilson a steadfast pacifist he had to resort to war to secure peace for the future By entering the war the United States was able to play a powerful role in peace talks after the fighting ended Although the peace talks did not stop keep WWII from
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