Saturday, May 24, 2014
cause and effect of international opinions on events
We live in a world with different sides on every issue. When the United States killed Osama Bin Laden, we were happy that the man behind 9/11, and at least 4 other attacks on the U.S. (2 embassies, the U.S.S. Cole, and a car bombing on the World Trade Center) died. On the other hand, many people from Pakistan were upset about it, whether or not they supported Bin Laden. Why? Many of them looked at it as the U.S. invading Pakistan to carry out the mission, since it occurred in Pakistan. In my opinion both sides have a point. Those are also two polar opposite on the same issues. Granted there are many opinions held by people in both the U.S. and Pakistan on the same event and this is a simplified look at it, but still goes to show, one event can result in many of different perspectives. Prince Charles’ comment comparing Putin to Hitler, to save face various members of the British government has condemned the comment, but there are people in Britain and elsewhere who agree, and there are many who disagree. Another example of how there can various view points on the same issue. This frankly is as normal and has as long of a history as people having opinions. With that said when people across the world have differing interpretations of what is happening things can get big and bad quickly. Hitler and the members of the Nazi party had their opinions of the Holocaust, and whether or not it should happen, which was in stark contrast to the opinions of Western Europe, and most of the Western Hemisphere. At the same time, I have my personal opinions, it is worth noting that it ultimately lead to World War II which killed over 50 million people, more than 30 million of them being civilians. There is still a dispute whether or not the war in the Pacific Theater should have ended the way it did or not (the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan). World War I, was based mostly on countries forming alliances and one small war based on an assassination, it ultimately planted the seeds for World War II, and itself killed over 30 million people. Like right now differences in perspectives are not that dangerous. The opinions of Prince Charles’ line about Putin has not started a war. With that said, history has shown such comments can be dangerous since those differing opinions can create tension (in a situation that already has plenty of it. In the end, we just need to monitor the opinions of people and maybe try to tame them, especially in countries like the U.S., the U.K., Russia, and others. Since again different perspectives can lead tension, tension can lead to war, and if these and other countries go to war, same thing with the killing of Osama Bin Laden and same with other events. Remember the story is the bombing of Pearl Harbor was about a trading embargo of raw material to Japan. That action lead to Pearl Harbor, which lead to America fighting in World War II (that may have inevitable but that is a different conversation) which lead to the dropping of the atomic bombs. The action of the embargo and differencing opinions about it, had a lasting effect.