WINNERS & LOSERS OF WAR
Are there any?
Statement of Intention
I have chosen to write my response to “who are the winners and losers of war” using a creative and persuasive writing format on the online web page Smore. This will ensure that my written explanation is not only different, inventive and interesting to read, but also captures the audience as I lead them to agree with my point of view in a blog form. I also chose to respond in first-person perspective and a formal language in my response in order to allow the audience to understand my own ideas on this topic in a strong and insuring tone. My written explanation is targeted towards the year 10 students who are also studying this topic of The Boy in the Striped Pajama’s. I am aiming for these readers to have a better understanding on the outcome of war, and as the essential question is asking, who are the real “winners” and “losers” of war through my own ideas and thoughts. The context I have chosen to answer with to “who are the winners and losers of war” is specifically World War 2 with the German’s and Hitler as my reference for examples to present my point of view as this topic generates various notions. My purpose for this presentation is to discuss and show how at the end of war, there are mainly only losers left behind. This response will demonstrate how I strongly believe that not only everyone involved in war will lose in one way or another; but also that the winners only last a short period of time.
Who are the winners and losers of war?
World War 2
Who are the winners and losers of war is without a doubt a question with many different answers and beliefs varying in our society today. There is without a doubt a winner and a loser in war; however it isn’t as simple as this. There are no long term winners, but the country/side/team who takes over the opposing country they’ve been fighting with is considered a winner although this is only for a short period of time. And losers on the other hand are unfortunately, everyone.
What are these short term winners you’re wondering? Let’s look at World War 2 for an example. This world war lasted from 1939 till 1945 that was fought on almost every continent on this earth. This war was known to have killed more people than in any other war in our history, with a total of about 50-70 million deaths. The Holocaust was one of the two most important events in this war. The Holocaust was the mass murder/genocide of about six million Jews, sponsored by the Nazi who were led by Adolf Hitler. In the holocaust alone, over two-thirds of the nine million Jews in Europe were murdered.
It was known that Hitler supposed his people; the German’s, were more superior and needed more space and land than others as he killed anyone that didn’t meet his expectations to the idea of his “white race”. The German’s agreed to Hitler’s idea because majority thought he was a great leader as the war lead to great job prospects for people which resolved the Great Depression that was a major issue at the time. This benefitted those, especially ones in the factories, as they were needed to create the weapons and attire for soldiers. This included many employment opportunities for women. As the Nazi had over ruled continents after continents, they finally made the mistake to invade Russia and Britain due to Hitler’s arrogant attitude. This then led to the end of Hitler’s empire which explains how they were the short term winners in this war. Hitler may have had killed millions and taken over many lands, but his greed and ignorance meant that their empire and job prospects would only last a matter of time before it was bound to end.
What is war based on?
What is war based on? Well in my opinion, wars are generally created and based on greed and ownership of land because as leaders own more land, they have more people under their wing. What does this mean? More money for them! An example of this would be the war in Iraq happening right now the United States, China etc. are fighting for the Middle East because that is where the home of oil is. If they were to win this war and own this land, there would be no doubt excellent money coming right through their doors. The losers on the other hand who are the losers of war then?
How about the losers?
Losers are unfortunately, everyone involved in the war. Reason being is that everyone is bound to lose something after war whether this may be a tiny or huge matter. For instance, some short term losses will include the loss of houses, buildings, factories which can affect the loss in employment also. However this, over time, can be resolved and replaced. However there are losses including loved ones which is a loss that is irreplaceable. Take a look at this article.
This is a great example of an long term loss. How would you feel if you were Michael's parents? Or his father? Could you ever get the picture out of your head, of your own child ending his life before your eyes?
Losing a loved one is one of those things in war that is the most common and has the biggest affect on majority of the people. Unlike losing your home or your job, losing a family memeber such as the one in this article is never something you can let go of or truly move on from. Especially forgetting them.
Therefore this is why I believe that everyone is a loser at the end of war, regardless of whether it's a temporary loss, or a loss forever.