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War is described as a means of diplomacy. If the conflict or disagreement is not resolved through diplomatic negotiation, then war is the only remaining solution. Thus, war is the result of conflict that could not be solved with diplomatic relations. As war breaks out there are always two sides; depending where one stands and views, and the other as antagonists. When we recall war, we see the horror that it brings. Did the involvement into World War II become a horror, or can it be written down as a success in American history?

A war that breaks out is normally a plaque consuming a countries’ wealth. In no time, the country will be under debt. In addition to countries’ wealth loss, it ultimately leads to loss of lives on both sides. There were numerous negative effects that World War II caused to America. According to Statistic Brain, there were around seventy two million casualties during World War II ("World War II Statistics"). During the attack on Pearl Harbor, there were two thousand and four deaths in 1941. Towards the end of World War II, there were 291,557 American casualties ("World War II Statistics"). Many individuals who are against World War II agreed that this war cost resources and men that the United States should not have wasted. Many believe that America should have never joined this war in the first place. They believe that it should have left the problems to the countries in the Eastern hemisphere. In addition, the war caused the United States to make immoral decisions that can never be erased from history. For instance in 1942, an executive order was passed that forced many Japanese, who were second generation Americans, into camps.

Nonetheless, one cannot ignore the positive outcomes resulting from the war.  Together with any unpleasant side there is always a good side. For instance, World War II led to the improvement of the economy. The unemployment before the war was unimaginable ("How Wars Are Good for an Economy"). Nevertheless, during the war the unemployment rate decreased. This was possible because the war caused corporations to make war supplies, resulting in the creation of employment opportunities, to meet production demand. Furthermore, the war brought change in America. For example, the war caused African Americans to fight for equality (Brown). African Americans, at the time, had enough of segregation and began to voice their own opinion (Hughes). According to Brown’s, “Out of Their Mouths”, it talks about an incident where a bus driver ordered a black soldier to get in the back of the bus. The soldier refused and said, “I’m fixing to go off and fight for democracy. I might as well start right now” (Brown).

There is no excuse to fight a war, but there are exceptions to this. For example, Nazi Germany had a plan for success when going to war, but it led to a mass murder of the Jewish people. The question is how many deaths would it have been there if it were not for the Americans to intervene the war. For instance, there were over 6 million Jewish deaths during the Holocaust ("World War II Statistics"). Many paintings depict the sufferings the Jewish faced under Germany’s rule. One of them shows how the already weak Jewish people were pulling a crate filled with dead bodies under the supervision of a German soldier. If it were not for America to intervene the war, the death toll of the Jewish people could have raised over seven million deaths. Another artwork, poster titled, “Americans will always fight for liberty”, demonstrates how Americans will always fight for the good (Perlin).


The result of war is quite straightforward; deaths are always common. Although war is expensive, both in terms of money and lives, it settles issues. Like for instance, the disagreement of the slavery issue in the US which led to Civil War led to the end of slavery. In most instances, war is cruel and affects the innocent to a larger extent. In other cases, war brings more war if the contentious issues are not addressed well.