I found a list the other day showing how many wars the United States has been involved in since our revolution. There have been 35. That means that the average period between wars since 1775 is about 6.8 years. War, it seems, is quite common among us in the United States.

Most of us over the age of 30 can probably identify the causes of the Revolutionary war. Probably most people would have an idea of the causes of the Civil War and perhaps WWII. The other wars, though, not so much. For example, how many might know the causes of the War of 1812? Or the Tecumseh war? The Spanish American war? Or others fought throughout our history. I couldn’t tell you.

I can tell you that wars are fought in order to gain economically, or to accumulate power, or to impose a religious/ideological philosophy. Perhaps a combination of all three. Whatever the reason, the goal is always to force one’s will on another. A defeated enemy – the losers – must submit to the winner. To the victor go the spoils and all that.

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