How will war end?

We are back again to this question now that Russia has invaded Ukraine, and for the time being, Abiy’s war in Ethiopia is momentarily forgotten, how will war end?

I accept to be called naive with respect to war but I must ask, what is it about soldiers that makes them religiously obedient? What is it about rapine others who have done them no harm propels them to action? Is the promise of a medal should they die on battle so tempting that all commonsense goes out of their ears?

Now, someone will remind me, as often as they have, that I sleep peacefully at night because of the soldiers. Well, I pay them as a start. Secondly it’s unlikely that my neighbours would want to attack me at the scale possible only with an organised state or non state actor. Which, I think, makes their point a moot one.

I have two friends in Kyiv and for the moment they are safe. And I hope it remains that way for long.

Now is an opportune moment to ask if there’s a just war? I am tempted to say that the Ukrainians have every right to defend themselves against an aggressive neighbour who threatens their existence as a sovereign state, in fact to use whatever is in their power to do so whilst every avenue is sought to bring hostilities to an end.

To peace.

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

45 thoughts on “How will war end?

  1. jim- says:

    I misplaced my psychopath hat so until then I cannot understand anything worth this much.


  2. Neil Rickert says:

    To me, this war seems pointless. Everybody will lose.


  3. Nan says:

    IMO, the primary incentive behind war (of any degree) is the desire for POWER. Some humans (mostly men, as has been amply demonstrated over the years) seem to think their ideas/philosophies/beliefs are far superior to all other humans and thus they need to convert everyone to their perspective of life.

    And once they do (-IF- they do), they puff out their chests and claim themselves as “Cock of the Walk.”

    But then, the next guy with an overactive imagination comes along and … well, I don’t think I need to go on.

    So … bottom line. War will most likely never end.

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  4. Power mad insanity. Soldiers are brainwashed into obeying orders….or else.
    Hope your friends stay safe. My husband’s grandmother was born in Kyiv.


  5. maryplumbago says:

    Look at history especially with the aggressor. Young men preached to, indoctrinated like in a church, vulnerable and with an eager ego of youth. All with a “cause” to defend, some good and most bad.
    Ukraine has every right to defend themselves if all else fails, which it appears to be the case. But Viet Nam..why did we go there and for so long and Afghanistanโ€ฆyears and years. Yet WWII did need our help or Hitler would have taken over the whole of Europe. More land, more power and more natural resources to use as power.

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    • makagutu says:

      I think your country went to Vietnam to test new weapons that had been lying about without use.
      In Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya your general were trying to make the Muslims good Christians with bombs and spread democracy.

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  6. jim- says:

    Here is a chilling Russian perspective from another blog I follow.


  7. john zande says:

    war between humans will only end when we’re fighting aliens.

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  8. renudepride says:

    The industrial suppliers of military supplies and armaments need the wars to keep themselves in business and their incomes inflated. The solution to wars? Give Putin a gun and send him solo to try and capture the Ukrainian president. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  9. shelldigger says:

    The only justifiable war is one where a country needs to protect itself from an invading force.

    Unless of course there is an increased tax on tea.


  10. lexborgia says:

    You finally have your answer to ‘why religion is a mass delusion’: The E.U destabilized Ukraine years long and planted a coup, while Nato expanded right up to Russia’s doorstep, and we all played deaf and blind. It’s a rerun of ‘Soviet missiles in Cuba’ (and Russia must stand for it!). Now we’re punishing everyone with a Russian passport and a recorded handshake from Putin? Wow, respect.
    MBS murders people and throws genocide on Yemen, but gets to buy a British football club, the Israelis get to ‘mow the grass’, no consequences, but Putin says to Nato ‘enough is enough’ and…!


    • basenjibrian2 says:

      Russia starved 25 million people. A little different level of crime than boogie man NATO. You sound like you are quoting almost verbatim Russian propaganda


    • makagutu says:

      This is an interesting line of thought


      • lexborgia says:

        Do people actually think anymore? Chelsea FC’s fans are being warned by the English FA for chanting owner Roman Abramovich’s name; get your head around that. Hate Russia, or suffer. Pious wicked people pointing fingers at other wicked people. Thatz some crazy shit. Count me out.


        • makagutu says:

          I read about Chelsea and one realizes the absurdities around war. 1984 by Orwell is prescient. With the right media, you can forget who it was you were friends with yesterday.


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