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Organised crime is not relative It is universally condemned because most right-thinking individuals realise that such activity is detrimental to the human race as a whole War on the other hand refuses to be evaluated objectively because it is an act of violence sanctioned by the state an amorphous entity claiming to represent the views beliefs and morality of its citizenry and that is why war is far more insidious than organised crime Crime is a word that brings to mind acts of selfishness antisocial acts that disrupt the functioning of society that cause hurt or suffering It is always evaluated while bearing in mind fairness and thus what is unfair is often a crime Stealing relegates property that rightfully belongs to its owner to someone else Murder deprives an individual of the right to live It is this innate moral compass that helps the majority of men to be able to judge what is crime and what is not and therefore crime appears to us as a cut-and-dried subject easily defined and identified What about war Indeed there are still many men in this modern world who in their great wisdom proclaim that war is an amoral tool which can be used for good or for the greatest evil Genghis Khan the Great Mongol Conqueror if conquering through bloodshed accrues greatness once said Let him who desires peace prepare for war His enemies all agreed with him on this point yet perished underneath the unshod hooves of stocky Mongol ponies Our leaders today tell us that war must be an option made available to the nation-state lest we should lose our peace Some primal instinct that makes us uneasy with war must still flow through our veins for men to have to keep thinking of new pallid platitudes and aphorisms to justify war Could it be that this primal instinct is related to the innate moral compass that helps us identify
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