Causes of war
Realising our principal aim of the prevention of war requires a far deeper and wider understanding throughout society of war's root causes.
We need more education programs to highlight the elements involved, particularly those relating to gross failures of human justice and fair trade.
Historically (as currently), major considerations relate to peoples’ fair access to land, water and other life-support resources. If at times that stemmed from a mutual struggle for survival, far more frequently it has been about the powerful forcing the less powerful to hand over their vital resources.
One could imagine that with its potential to supply the needs of all, the Industrial Revolution might have reversed that, but this has sadly not been the case. Rather, technology has allowed for the development of weapons which can maim and kill on a far larger scale.
- A wide range of print and online resources relevant to the causes of war is available on the Australian War Memorial website.
- For further information about war and its causes see “Australia’s Foreign Wars: Origins, Costs, Future!" by Dr.Ian Buckley.