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With eighteen candles blown out and a high-school diploma in hand World War II was only the beginning and unfortunately even the end of thousands of young mens lives The United States of America joined World War II on December 7 1941 and struggled desperately to prepare for what was to follow The land of the free and home of the brave might have looked at the war as a once in a lifetime opportunity to gain pride and honor for their country but the long-term effects of the war in the modern world questions its true relevance World War II was not beneficial to society because the war amplified rivalry in everyday life influenced violence globally and the innocence of childhood was all but lost Many seemed to have believed that what happened on the battlefield stayed on the battlefield however they were all wrong Just as the United States was forced to involve itself in the war due to the bombing of Pearl Harbor it was unavoidable to stand unaffected of the decision to fight back Just because people back home were not running away from bullets whizzing through the air or scrounging through knee-deep waters with eighty pounds of materials on their back it did not mean that the rivalry of the war did not find its way back home into society As said by Erika V Shearin Karres in her book Violence-Proof Your Kids Now she states If youve watched violence wash over your country like a tidal wave and destroy it and then watched it wash over your family you too become violent Or you become the victim of violenceKarres 6 She is saying that if a person is living in a world where violence seems to be the solution everyone is taking he or she will also see it as the only solution and will soon result to
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