Wars: Why or Why Not?

Essay supporting Clausewitz’s famous dictum that war is the extension of politics.

Since time immemorial states have engaged in warfare to assert their rights. While in contemporary society it is common to ask why wars occur, the historical record indicates that a more appropriate question is why they occur so rarely. This paper argues that warfare is, as Clausewitz argued, an extension of politics, and that it is an activity that states’ engage in when they perceive that the benefits will outweigh the costs. free essays bullying workplace